WKU FOOTBALL | Hilltoppers Ready for Illinois

09/08/2017 10:47 AM

The WKU Hilltoppers have one of their biggest games of the season this Saturday night in Champaign, Il.

The Hilltoppers (1-0) will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0) at 8 ET inside Memorial Stadium.

It will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams. Illinois won the first meeting back on Sept. 6, 2014, a 42-34 win over the Toppers.

“It will be a good measuring stick for us to see where we’re at going into conference play with Louisiana Tech the following week,” said WKU linebacker Daeshawn Bertram. “They have an NFL coach (Lovie Smith) so they will throw everything at us.”

WKU enters the game after its season-opening 31-17 win over EKU last Saturday. Meanwhile, Illinois comes into the game fresh off its 24-21 win over Ball St. last Saturday.

Should the Hilltoppers beat the Fighting Illini on Saturday, it would be the first win for WKU over a Big Ten program in Western Kentucky football history.

“It’s always a chip-on-the-shoulder when you’re playing a bigger conference or bigger school,” said WKU tight end Deon Yelder. “You just want to prove yourself, that you can really play ball, that people overlooked you. You want to prove you can really play ball anywhere. It doesn’t matter how big or little the school is. You just want to go out there and perform.”

Spectrum News will be in Champaign, Il. for the game Saturday night. Be sure to follow us for updates on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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