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Enjoy The WKU/UK Rivalry While It Lasts

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With the release of the 2014 football schedule, the spot that has been filled by the Hilltoppers the past few years will be occupied by UT-Martin instead, thus ending (for now) the short-lived “rivalry” with Western. Some of you may be happy that it is over with considering the loss UK suffered at home last year at the hands of WKU. The intrigue and fan interest, however, should be appreciated for what it has brought to the state of Kentucky. No, I’m not one of those people who thinks other programs should succeed (like Louisville) for the “good of the state.” I do think though that it is always fun to watch two intrastate programs that may not always have been historically on the same level compete and bring interest to their games; it was just 4-5 years ago that WKU’s biggest rival was EKU as they transitioned themselves into the D1 rankings.


Now, from a combination of a new coaching staff at UK, a coach who some wanted in Lexington guiding the opponent, and the finality of the game being at the beautiful LP Field (Yes, I’m an unabashed Titans fan, but there are truly few stadiums nicer than LP Field in the NFL) in the never disappointing Nashville, the game has garnered quite a bit of hype. While we all would rather UK be favored by 35+, the totality of the atmosphere and weekend in Nashville shouldn’t be taken for granted. Next year, we will be facing UT-Martin instead, a team that won’t field as much interest or unite two of the state’s fanbases. The only thing that would make the game against Western truly Kentucky at heart would be if they met halfway in Sonora, KY (according to a Google search) and played on the soil of the Bluegrass State. So, regardless of the outcome (unless WKU wins), enjoy the game and appreciate how football has connected our state through an untraditional rivalry.


Lastly, on an unrelated note, the NFL preseason is about as bad as it gets. Even I know you don’t lateral a recovered fumble to a D-Linemen. Sigh.

Article written by Tyler Johnson

9 Comments for Enjoy The WKU/UK Rivalry While It Lasts

  1. Seth
    9:52 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    It’s intrastate. Learn English.

  2. Stoooooooops
    10:08 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’m bleed blue just as much as anyone, but if you think this isn’t directly because of Petrino your kidding yourself! No way does Barnhart want to take a chance on him beating UK after passing on him!
    He would drop them this year if he could!

  3. Accuracy
    10:09 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, ULM is the replacement for Western on the schedule. UT-Martin is an FCS school and thus is the equivalent of Alabama State on this year’s schedule. I realize you are new, but could you check your facts before you post. Thank you.

  4. btowncatfan
    10:11 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I guess I’m the only UK fan that likes this as an annual game. Love going to Nashville, I was one of the 12,000 there two years ago, and it should be an automatic win, unfortunately UK was outcoached last year. No one else I talked to thinks the game should continue. Maybe in the near future we could pick it back up.

  5. Tyler Johnson
    10:12 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    1 – I had intrastate and changed it for some reason at the last second. Thanks for pointing it out, I corrected it.

    3 – I realize that ULM is the replacement school, I’ve heard Matt talk about it on the radio and WKU beat writers tweet about it but UT-Martin has taken WKU’s place on the schedule. My reasoning was, if I put ULM then those not as informed as you are about football would say “I know you are new, but the UT-Martin game actually took WKU’s place on the schedule.” Catch-22. Thanks for clarifying it anyway, though.

  6. gjg
    10:12 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Ouch! Was that our Winchester boy giving the chargers a touchdown??? He may as well have run it in for them himself! Thank goodness it is preseason.

  7. btowncatfan
    10:14 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    2. Not a worry, Petrino won’t be there after next year if he has any success at all. Some other BCS school will take a chance on him after a year away.

  8. UK_JB
    8:21 am August 26, 2013 Permalink

    Just like Bobby Petrino… he won’t last at WKU.

  9. Kelkat
    1:07 pm August 26, 2013 Permalink

    LP Stadium is one of the nicer stadiums in the NFL??? I wasn’t impressed at all when I have been there! Actually, I am being nice with my comments about the stadium…LOL