A series that had been anticipated since Bobby Petrino departed Western Kentucky for his return to Louisville following the 2013 season has become a reality.
The two schools announced on Thursday that they have agreed to a three-game series that is slated to begin in 2018.
“We are excited to begin a football series with the University of Louisville,” said WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. “These three games will be exciting for both fan bases and good for college football in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We continually try to develop strong non-conference schedules each year while also focusing on regional match ups that enable our fans to attend games outside of Bowling Green. A series with Louisville checks all of those boxes, and we appreciate Louisville’s administration and football program for their efforts and cooperation.”
Louisville will welcome the Hilltoppers to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 2018 and 2020, with WKU hosting the 2019 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
“It’s great for both schools that we were able to resume this series against an in-state school of Western Kentucky’s caliber,” said U of L Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. “Because of the proximity of both schools, I think it’s a tremendous win for the state of Kentucky and each fan base. I’m thrilled we were able to lock down a three-game series versus WKU. “
The two programs first played in 1922 and have met 31 prior times with U of L holding a 19-12 series advantage. They have not met since WKU rose to the FBS level, meeting last in 1998, a 63-34 Louisville win. WKU’s last victory in the series came in 1975, a 21-17 victory in Louisville.