Hilltoppers Fill Void In 2005 Football Schedule

Western Kentucky will be traveling to Jordan-Hare Stadium in September.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn has filled a vacancy on its 2005 football schedule with a Sept. 24th home game vs. the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said that the Tigers looked into several scenarios for trying to line up a Division I-A opponent to replace Southern Mississippi, which pulled out of a game previously scheduled to be played Sept. 24th at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Western Kentucky is a traditional Division I-AA power, which came to Auburn for a game two seasons ago and lost 48-3.

"We tried to make several changes on the schedule, but we didn't have success doing that and there weren't many options available," Tuberville said.

AU officials were also looking to balance their schedule that features five consecutive home games starting with the season opener vs. Georgia Tech on Sept. 3rd, but were unable to do that either.

Western Kentucky and Auburn officials announced on Friday that they have agreed to a one-year deal. The Hilltoppers are expected to receive around $400,000 for the game.

Western Kentucky and other Division I-AA teams use the games vs. Division I-A opponents like Auburn as a revenue source. Last year WKU played at Kansas State, losing 27-13 to the Wildcats.

Approximately 40 percent of the Division I-A teams played a Division I-AA opponent last season and 11 of the 12 SEC teams have played at least one Division I-AA opponent in the past five seasons. However, at Auburn games against the Division I-AA have been less than well received by some fans, who prefer that the Tigers play all of their football games vs. I-A opposition.

By adding Western Kentucky to the schedule, a team that doesn't require a home-and-home series, the Tigers will have seven home games, something AU officials say is necessary for financial reasons.

2005 Schedule

Sept. 3--Georgia Tech at Auburn

Sept. 10--Mississippi State at Auburn

Sept. 17--Ball State at Auburn

Sept. 24--Western Kentucky at Auburn

Oct. 1--South Carolina at Auburn

Oct. 15--Auburn at Arkansas

Oct. 22--Auburn at LSU

Oct. 29--Ole Miss at Auburn

Nov. 5--Auburn at Kentucky

Nov. 12--Auburn at Georgia

Nov. 19--Alabama at Auburn

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