The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced earlier this week.
The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
The 2019 season begins for the Colonels on Aug.29 at Roy Kidd Stadium.
The most recent meeting between EKU and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. The Colonels held Western at bay for much of the first half and stayed within striking distance for most of the second half.
EKU closed within 10 points twice before falling, 31-17. The Colonels drove the ball to the WKU six-yard line as time expired in the game, just missing a chance to set the final margin at seven.
EKU and Western Kentucky have met on the football field 85 times. This will be just the second match-up since WKU moved to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with the start of the 2009 season.
Both schools were among the seven founding members of the Ohio Valley Conference in 1948. Western left the conference after the 1981 season and returned for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The first meeting between the teams was in 1914 when EKU won 34-6 in Richmond. The two teams met every year from 1946 to 2000.
Eastern Kentucky is ranked 24th in the Preseason HERO Sports Top 25, 25th in the Lindy’s Sports Preseason Top 25 and 26th in the College Sports Madness Top 44. Eastern ended the 2018 season with four straight wins and were in the conversation for a playoff spot. The Colonels finished 7-4 overall and third in the OVC with a 5-2 mark.