TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama announced Wednesday that it has agreed to play a 2016 non-conference game against Western Kentucky in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide and Hilltoppers are scheduled to meet Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. This will be the third meeting between the two programs with the first coming in 2008. Alabama is 2-0 against Western Kentucky with a 35-0 win in 2012 and a 41-7 victory in 2008.
Alabama will pay Western Kentucky $1.3 million for the contest, according to a report from the Bowling Green Daily News.
"Obviously, playing Alabama is an opportunity to compete on the highest stage against a truly outstanding program," WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in the school's news release. "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."
Alabama is still looking for an opponent to fill its 2015 schedule after pulling out of a home-and-home with Michigan State.