Western Kentucky and Indiana have agreed to a three-game series beginning in 2019, both programs announced today. The Hilltoppers will travel to face Indiana twice at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, first on Sept. 7, 2019 and again on Sept. 12, 2020. Western Kentucky will then host the Hoosiers at Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green on Sept. 25, 2021.
"Adding Indiana to our future football schedules continues a trend of adding quality, regional opponents from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences...We will host a Big Ten opponent on our campus in 2021, while the pair of away games is an easy drive for our fans. It is an excellent opportunity for the Hilltopper Nation to fill our stadium, but then also go to another venue to support our program on the road.”
Todd Stewart, AD (WKU)
Western Kentucky has faced attendance issues for years; the program's attendance has actually seen a huge drop in attendance (by roughly 2,000) since officially joining Conference USA in the summer of 2014. Both Stewart and head coach Jeff Brohm clearly understand the need of stronger schedules going forward: as it will help both attendance and postseason opportunities. The Hilltoppers traveled to B1G opponent Illinois last season, where they stumbled late in the fourth quarter in a thrilling contest.
The announced series with the Hoosiers mirrors that of the recently-announced series with Vanderbilt, where the Toppers will open their season this fall; Vanderbilt will be traveling to Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green in 2016. The Hoosiers are scheduled to host Western Kentucky this fall (September 19th), where fans will get a taste of a series with great potential for both programs.