Western Wins! Defeating Arkansas | WKU Connection

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A dominating performance today by Western Kentucky, firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.

Ty Storey in his homecoming game back to Arkansas torches the Arkansas defense for four quarters.

WKU came into this game not having scored over 30 points on the season, they would surpass that mark at just halftime leading Arkansas 35-7.

With this win Western Kentucky will become bowl eligible with 2 games remaining on the schedule.

I know you’ve been waiting on it so here it is,

Full game recap coming soon. For now, let’s beat Austin Peavy!

USA Today rankings | WKU Connection

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.

Full rankings listed below

Arkansas – 114th

Southern Miss – 65th

Middle Tennessee – 108th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/04/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-leads-unbeatens/4148569002/

Have You Seen The WKU Men’s Basketball Intro Video? | WKU Connection

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Ladies and gentlemen this is the greatest introduction video I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it yet here it is

Shout out to Austin Albany and Sublime media group of Bowling Green for creating and directing this video.

I’ve watched this at least 10 times now. This video is sure to get Diddle Arena on its feet before tipoff this season.

2019-2020 is going to be a party inside Diddle. See you there.

ITS A PARTY, ITS A PARTY, ITS A PARTY!

JJ Traynor In Attendance Tonight For Hilltopper Hysteria | WKU Connection

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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.

We want JJ! @WKUConnect

BREAKING: 4 Star PG Zion Harmon Taking Official Visit This Weekend | WKU Connection

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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.

We want Zion! @WKUConnect

Underdog Mentality carries Hilltoppers to win over Army | WKU Connection

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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.

WKU Football Bowl Projections | WKU Connection

After week 1 how many people had WKU making a bowl with the loss against UCA?

Now, after 3 straight wins against a top 50 team in Army and the defending Conference USA champions in UAB. Now sitting 2 more wins away from a bowl game it looks very likely that it will happen.

Here is what the experts are saying about WKU :

ESPN – vs. Ohio in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 20, 2 p.m., ESPN or Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl against UCF on Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN

CBS Sports does not have WKU in a bowl game.

247 Sports – Bad Boy MowersGasparilla Bowl against Memphis on Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN

College Football News – Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF on Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN