USA Today Rankings Football | WKU Connection

After the win at Southern Miss, WKU saw a jump in the rankings to number 54. This is a rise of 13 spots. This week upcoming WKU plays Middle Tennessee at home, if WKU gets another win they will only continues to rise.

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, in week 10 WKU was ranked 79th, in week 11 WKU was ranked 71st, in week 12 WKU was ranked 67th.Right now WKU is 5th in Conference USA ahead of Southern Miss, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below:

Middle Tennessee – 112th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/25/ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-no-1-oregon-tumbles/4290895002/

Western Kentucky Defeats Southern Miss. 28-10 | WKU Connection

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A convincing win down in Hattiesburg this afternoon, Western Kentucky handles Southern Miss. 28-10.

Let me know if you’ve heard this one before, WKU’s defense carries them to victory. Allowing just 10 points to what was considered a high powered offense for Southern Miss.

With this win Western Kentucky moves to 7-4 on the year with a chance to win 8 next weekend with MTSU coming to town. If you would have told me that after the season opening lost to UCA I would call you crazy, but here we are. Credit to Tyson Helton and staff for the turnaround.

Full game recap coming soon.

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Who Do You Want To Beat More? Middle Tennessee Or Marshall | WKU Connection

In a recent poll ran on our twitter we asked the fan base which school you want to beat more? Middle Tennessee or Marshall. Here are the results:

With over 350 votes online Marshall edged out long time rival MTSU by 4 points.

WKU vs Marshall 67-66

Western Kentucky and Marshall have mostly faced off since joining Conference USA in 2014, but wasted no time in kicking off this rivalry.

In recent years Western Kentucky have had some pretty epic battles on the hardwood and field. Most notably the 2014 match-up in Huntington, West Virginia where WKU ended Marshall’s undefeated season in a high scoring 67-66 thriller.

Then comes the hardwood, in 2018 in the Conference USA championship game Marshall defeated Western Kentucky on what looked like to be a magical run to the NCAA tournament. Marshall 67 WKU 66 (Again).

100 Miles of Hate

The history between Western Kentucky and MTSU is long and filled with bad blood. 100 Miles of Hate is the unoffical nickname for this match up between the two separated by 100 miles. The first football meeting dates back all the way to 1914. Middle Tennessee leads the all time series 34-32-1.


With this we want to ask those on the website what do you think? Who do you view as WKU’s biggest rival?

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WKU reaches bowl eligibility in blowout win over Arkansas | WKU Connection

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Western Kentucky graduate transfer Ty Storey is no stranger to Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville Arkansas, but Saturday he experienced a new first on that field; a win. He appeared in 15 games over three seasons with Arkansas, starting nine a year ago, but he never won a game as a starter. From the opening kick you could tell he had the leadership and energy to fire his teammates and finally walk off a winner. WKU showed poise on both sides of the ball against an SEC opponent, regardless of their record. This led to a 49-19 beatdown on the road that ensures them a 13th game.

Opening the game, Western Kentucky’s Antwon Kincade picked off the Hogs second pass of the game, giving WKU the early momentum they would not relinquish. The ensuing drive would set the pace for the game as Storey and Co steadily marched down the field, converting two fourth downs before Jacquez Sloan took the double option handoff 19 yards for the Toppers first score. Shortly afterward Arkansas RB Rakeem Boyd broke through the Hilltopper line for a 76 yard touchdown that would be their lone score of the half. Western Kentucky meanwhile, would get 7 on each of their remaining four drives in the first half. Ty Storey ran in touchdowns in each of the next two drives, on his way to 77 yards rushing. Jacour Pearson got in on the fun the next time around, getting wide open in route to a 69 yard touchdown pass from Storey, who finished with 213 yards and one touchdown passing, as well as protecting the ball and not taking any sacks. Gaej Walker pushed the score to 35-7 to go to the locker room on his lone touchdown run of the day, but put up 129 rushing yards on the day to lead his team. Pearson led all WR with 10 catches for 120 yards, including a few early fourth downs. Lucky Jackson added 7 catches for 70 yards.

Defensively, the Tops looked to be their old selves for the most part. Two 70+ yard runs by Rakeem Boyd are the only reason this game looked as respectable as it did, and even they were blemished by missed PATs qnd a two point conversion. After Kincade’s interception to start the game, Devon Key one upped him by catching a bad pass and running it in for the Tops lone TD in the second half. WKU was able to contain Arkansas all game no matter who they played. Cory Munson, the kicker, was perfect today with one field goal and six PAT. His best play of the game though might not even be a kick. After kicking a squib kick down the middle, Munson raced to the returner before tackling him on the Arkansas 14 yard line. It was an all around good day for the Tops.

With bowl eligibility already in grasp and a quarterback who is one of the most accurate in all of College football, WKU will look to stay explosive on offense and precise on defense. Next week the Hilltoppers have a bye before traveling to Mississippi to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles before closing the season out at home vs. MTSU.

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/

Small setback in USA Today Poll | WKU Connection

After the 1st conference loss WKU saw themselves drop very small in the USA Today poll to 69th. This coming off 4 wins in a row. This is a 2 spot setback from last week.

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. WKU is at home this week vs FAU. WKU ranks 5th in Conference USA ahead of, FAU, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

FAU – 70th

Arkansas – 112th

Southern Miss – 64th

Middle Tennessee – 106th