The Alabama Crimson Tide have added the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to their 2016 football schedule, both schools announced today.
Alabama will host Western Kentucky at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 10, 2016. Alabama will pay WKU a $1.3 million guarantee for the game, per the Bowling Green Daily News.
The Crimson Tide are 2-0 against the Hilltoppers after recording a 35-0 shutout at home in 2012 and a 41-7 win in 2008.
WKU is the first announced non-conference opponent for the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2016 season. Bama is also scheduled to host Colorado State in 2017 and is reportedly in discussions to play Miami (FL) in Atlanta the same season.
Alabama is the third scheduled non-conference opponent for Western Kentucky in 2016. The Hilltoppers are also slated to play at Miami (OH) on Sept. 17 and host Vanderbilt on Sept. 24.
“Obviously, playing Alabama is an opportunity to compete on the highest stage against a truly outstanding program,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “The five hour drive enables our fans to make the trip to Tuscaloosa and enjoy a terrific college football experience. Our players enjoy the exposure that results from competing at the highest level and many of them have excelled in recent games against strong non-conference opponents.”