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WKU football announces 2024 schedule

Kayden Mulrooney
Junior wide receiver Dalvin Smith (17) runs the ball down the field during a game against Houston Christian on Sept. 9, 2023.

WKU Football announced its full 2024 season schedule Thursday, that features multiple first-time opponents. 

The Hilltoppers will open their season with a huge matchup at Alabama. The contest will likely be the Hilltoppers most viewed game in years as the game will mark Alabama’s first without head coach Nick Saban since 2007. 

WKU will help the Crimson Tide kickoff their new era under head coach Kalen DeBoer on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Alabama.

Following the matchup at Alabama, WKU will host in-state rival Eastern Kentucky  on Saturday, Sept. 7 in their first matchup at Houchens-Smith Stadium of the year. It will be the 87th matchup between the Hilltoppers and Colonels, and the first since 2017.

WKU will open C-USA play in week three as the Hilltoppers will travel to face rival Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Hilltoppers will then wrap up non-conference play against two first-time opponents. 

WKU will host Toledo, out of the American Conference, on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Following back-to-back home contests the Hilltoppers will travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to take on ACC opponent Boston College on Saturday, Sept. 28.

WKU will conclude its season with seven straight C-USA matchups. Three of the seven contests will be mid-week games.

In October, WKU will host UTEP on Thursday, Oct. 10, travel to Sam Houston for a contest on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and conclude the month with a Wednesday, Oct. 30, matchup against C-USA’s newest team Kennesaw State.

The Hilltoppers will conclude their season with four games in November. WKU will play at New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 9, host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 16, travel to Liberty on Saturday, Nov. 23, and take on Jacksonville St. at home on Nov. 30.


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