Well after back to back losses in conference play WKU has dropped in the rankings again to 79th. This is a fall from 69th last week. Hopefully this week WKU can get back in the winning column and rise back up in the rankings.
In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th. WKU is on the road at Arkansas. WKU ranks 6th in Conference USA ahead of North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.
4 star F JJ Traynor WILL BE in attendance tonight for Hilltopper Hysteria. Stansbury has been on Traynor from the beginning official offering Traynor back in May.
Traynor has been rising up the recruiting ranks over the summer and now earning high praise from 247 Sports head recruiting analyst Evan Daniels having this to say about Traynor,
“I think he is a tremendous talent,” said Daniels. I’ve said this multiple times. I think he’s one of the biggest sleepers in the country, certainly the biggest sleeper I saw all July. I think he’s got tremendous physical tools. He was just measured in at 6-8.5, a 7-2 wingspan, has a 32-inch standing vertical. All the physical tools are there, and the game is coming. He’s just taking big strides. He just turned 17 last week, so he’s still pretty young, and his game is starting to develop.”
Traynor has since earned offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Xavier.
This afternoon 4 star PG Zion Harmon of Marshall County confirmed that he will be taking an official visit to Western Kentucky this weekend.
A big recruiting weekend on the Hill for Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Stansbury, as Hilltopper Hysteria will take place Thursday night followed by homecoming activities including the homecoming football game Saturday at 3 PM vs Charlotte.
Harmon is ranked as the #37 overall player in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports and #1 prospect in the state of Kentucky.
Western Kentucky came into this game feeling disrespected. They had won two games in a row and were a long way from that opening night loss to Central Arkansas. Still, they were a 6.5 point dog in Las Vegas while playing on their home field. That was all the motivation Tyson Helton’s squad needed, scoring on their second drive of the game and never giving the lead up. In fact, they held Army and its triple option scoreless for 58 minutes before a non factor touchdown and conversion destroyed the shutout. This is the same Army team who took Michigan to overtime and has received Top 25 votes already this season. Some might even call this performance dominating, and even Coach Helton, who doesn’t like that word, had trouble coming up with a better word to describe the victory.
Coming into the game, the big question was whether or not Clayton Whites defense could stop the triple option attack Army runs. It was known that the Hilltopper’s strength lies on that side of the ball, but this performance all but proved the legitimacy of the defense on a national level as the Hilltopper’s hold the nations number 17 team in total defense. WKU allowed only 208 total yards and were legitimately mad they allowed a score at the end of the game.