"Stand up and cheer, stand up and cheer for dear ole Western"...

Yes, I know every word of the Western Kentucky Hilltopper fight song! I am a PROUD WKU alum and am SO excited for our upcoming football season! The 2013 schedule was released today and it's a good 'en!

Western will face two SEC opponents in back-to-back weeks, two games at a NFL stadium, two nationally-televised games, an away game at Army and a home game against Navy.

I can't remember a year that I've been more excited for football on The Hill!

Here's a breakdown of the 2013 WKU Football schedule:

(Oh...my heart is basically being ripped in two when my Toppers travel to Knoxville to take on my childhood team, the Tennessee Vols. Maybe I just won't watch that one, ha!)

Aug. 31  vs. Kentucky (Nashville, LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans)

Sept. 7 at Tennessee

Sept. 14 at South Alabama

Sept. 21 Morgan State

Sept. 28 Navy

Oct. 3 at ULM Monroe, La.

Oct. 12 OPEN

Oct. 15 or 16 Louisiana-Lafayette (Date depends on TV schedule)

Oct. 26 Troy

Nov. 2 at Georgia State (Atlanta, Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons)

Nov. 9 at Army (West Point, N.Y.)

Nov. 16 OPEN

Nov. 23 at Texas State

Nov. 30 Arkansas State

(Home games are in bold)

WKU’s two nationally televised games are both conference games, with a Thursday night game on the road against ULM being picked up by ESPNU. And for the first time ever, either ESPN or ESPN 2 will air a game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, with the Louisiana-Lafayette game being either a Tuesday night or a Wednesday night game in Bowling Green.I hope to see y'all in BG this fall to support our Hilltoppers! For tickets, call 1-800-5-BIG RED or online HERE.

T-O-P-S... TOPS! TOPS! TOPS!!!