Vanderbilt To Play Western Kentucky In Bowling Green In 2016 — Yeah Right

According to Western Kentucky athletics blog,, it appears as though Vanderbilt will find a way out of travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2016 to play the Hilltoppers.

Heh. Fes changed his name to Slappy Fes because of me. Heh.

Heh. Fes changed his name to Slappy Fes because of me. Heh.

As as MTSU alum, let me be the first to congratulate the Hilltoppers on scoring this 2-for-1 home-and-home series with Vanderbilt. Let me also be the first (or 30th) to apologize on behalf of Woody Widenhofer, Andy McCollum, and Slappy Fes for Vanderbilt  buying-out this game.

Let’s be fair. MTSU walloped Vanderbilt in what Vandy believed was its home stadium — later renamed, Johnny Floyd North — in 2001, 2002 and 2005. MTSU was to host Vanderbilt in 2006, but the Anchordowns decided a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan was best. Why lose to MTSU when you can lose to the winningest program in college football history?

Let’s also be in fair in noting that according to a 2008 article at, MTSU and Vandy are slated to play in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 with the 2015 and 2017 games scheduled for Murfreesboro. Lucky for the Anchordowns, they don’t have to log miles to BOTH Murfreesboro AND Bowling Green in the same season. I could see that posing a problem because when teams with the illustrious academic prowess of a Vanderbilt are forced to travel to universitites where the student body “settled in life and didn’t want to go to a better school,” it can be equal parts beneath them and bothersome.

Maybe Vandy will prove me wrong and play in both Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, but I just don’t feel like it’s going to happen. I just know Vandy has a by-law in their student handbook that gives them an out from traveling to a school like WKU or MTSU. I think it says:  

In the event that, we, as superior students and studiers have hard tests and papers and stuff due, we are hereby excused from traveling to “Settle Schools” including but not limited to, Western Kentucky, MTSU, Cumerbland, or Ensworth.

Or something like that.

Here’s the thing that’s baffling. WKU officially joined the FBS party in 2008 and they have a home game scheduled with Vanderbilt eight years later. Middle will have hosted Mississippi State and Maryland before Vanberbilt could find the time to drive the 30-plus miles across I-24 East. Yeah, yeah, I know. Schedules are made so far in advance and it’s hard and stuff. Whatever.

Know this, Western fans: If you are rude and take over Vandy’s stadium –which you will — AND beat the Anchordowns  like the Blue Raiders did those three seasons in the early 2000′s, you will want to get one of the directional Louisiana schools or the Bowling Green High School Purples on the phone. You’re going to have an open date to fill in 2016.


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