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Western Kentucky and Kentucky, a Modern Day Rivalry

All of the hype surrounding next weekend’s match up featuring the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky and the Wildcats of Kentucky is definitely not something most of Big Blue Nation is used to. Usually this is one of few “gimme” games on the UK football schedule that the Cats will use to pad the win column in efforts for a bowl game at the end of the year. This year, this is not the case. We all know WKU came into Lexington last season and blitzed the Wildcats, defeating them in an overtime thriller, cementing the fate of now former coach Joker Phillips. This year, the Western games serves as the career opener for Mark Stoops and the hopeful beginning of a new era of Kentucky football.

People all around the state are talking, there’s trash talk going both ways…if you didn’t know any better you would think this was the week before Louisville v. Kentucky with all the nervous excitement surrounding the game. One might be “embarrassed” that we have sunk to the level of worrying about the Hilltoppers, our perennial “little brother”, but the fact of the matter is that they beat us last year, and if UK wants to climb the ranks of the college football world it’ll have to go one rung of the ladder at a time, and this is the first rung.

Until last year, the series with the Hilltoppers was far from exciting to say the least. In 2008, Western had made the transition from Division 1-AA to Division 1-A, and was competing as an independent team. This was the first year they traveled to Lexington and proceeded to get annihilated 41-3. The Toppers came back two years later as an official member of the Sun Belt Conference and the Cats prevailed again 63-28. In 2010, both teams traveled to Nashville and Kentucky won 14-3 in an ugly, way too close for comfort game. We all know what happened last year…Maxwell Smith threw a myriad of interceptions and WKU used a trick play to propel themselves to victory in overtime.

This year is about revenge. This year is about new beginnings. This year is about climbing that first rung of the ladder towards relevance. It’s time for Kentucky to take the rivalry out of this game.

Cats. #BeatWestern


Article written by Wilder Treadway

KSR Alpha Class '12 #holla

21 Comments for Western Kentucky and Kentucky, a Modern Day Rivalry

  1. repsol-69
    5:51 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Last time I checked Highlands was in KY. Why didn’t their highschool team get a post on here about playing on ESPNU today against University Christian (FL). Highlands is kicking UC’s butt !!

  2. wow
    5:57 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Sad that an “SEC” team has a rivalry with a team like Western…

  3. After this game
    5:59 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    No matter the Outcome, the B Petrino to UK debate rears it UGLY head.

  4. Seven Ate Nine
    6:05 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    When does mudiay announce?

  5. Floppy Disk
    6:17 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    I love the new site. So futuristic.

  6. oldkentucky
    6:18 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Your font is difficult to read. I suggest you change in to Times Roman. Thank you.

  7. niaps
    6:36 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    I still say this game is a non issue. WKU will fold like a cheap tent and everyone in state will see that this ( rivalry ) never was. Good coaching and better players make a huge difference. It would take a joker to screw this one up.

  8. B-rad
    6:49 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with you niaps.. I really think WKU gets blasted. They have a good running back, and middle linebacker, after that there isn’t much to talk about. And I ink we have more talent on this team then was seen last year. I think we surprise people all year long. I’m saying 51-10. I know it sounds crazy, watch and see.

  9. messonmylilweewee
    7:11 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cant wait

  10. Chris
    7:16 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Got my family’s 32 sets of season tickets in the mail today, and was blown away by the presentation. No more boring blue single ticket packets. The tickets came in a really nice bound notebook with really cool photos and illustrations. As a fan I have to say,- it’s little things like that that really make a difference, and I know its been said before but even though we haven’t played a game yet, the culture change from the top to bottom of this program is phenomenal in such a short period of time. Fairly off topic in regards to this post, just felt like sharing.

  11. Ma'am aaa
    7:48 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    Site is great just don’t bog it down with ads

    Uk 37
    Wku 9

  12. MJ never said
    8:01 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    he wouldn’t monetize this site. (maybe he did, and we forgot)

  13. Brandon
    9:14 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    The first Nashville game was in 2011, not 2010.

  14. WKU
    9:23 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    While I agree with most of your post, you forgot about including the fact that WKU is on the rise. Don’t forget the fact that those years that UK dominated WKU, WKU was a combined4-32 (2008-2010). In 2011 and 2012, WKU was 14-11. I know that doesn’t seem great, but it’s a definite change.

  15. Marshall
    9:57 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    It is going to be a good atmosphere but the Wildcats are going to inflict pain on the red blobs… it is going to be ugly. Vegas is about to take a hit, write that down.

  16. Marshall
    10:02 pm August 24, 2013 Permalink

    WKU is on the rise and they have a great coach but this game is going to be a reality check for the Hillfloppers and a wake up call for the BBN basketball fans.

  17. Jeff Gatlin
    9:05 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Get’em Wilder!

  18. bluegrassstu
    9:36 am August 25, 2013 Permalink


  19. kelleydog
    11:08 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    My favorite Western rivalry saying


    That ranks up there with Spurrier’s – Punter U.

  20. iAmEvanPreston
    4:07 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I have a few friends on the WKU team, and that whole “They supposed to be SEC” crap is a joke in their eyes. I was personally told, “man we ain’t never been hit like that before”. Whether we (UK) are a bad SEC team at the time, we are still mainly superior athletes. This game will be tough, but I look for UK to win by 15 to 17 points.

  21. Chris
    4:48 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahaha it’s hilarious that UK’s biggest rival is WKU and that UK is currently 3rd best in the state.