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As teams begin to release their (tentative) non-conference schedule, it’s time to see what games could help make or break the teams season. 3rd on the list is a team I like a lot this next season, the Tennessee State Tigers.

So I’m a little bit confused by the Tigers schedule. So far we’ve seen Austin Peay do a great job of creating a Tennessee-based schedule, SIU Edwardsville create a Illinois-central schedule, and then we have the Tigers…who do none of that.

They do play a challenging November, followed by a rather tame December. The Las Vegas Invitational is a great add for the Tigers, playing against 2 power conference teams back to back. There’s a lot of traveling in the first part of this schedule, which will make for tough wins but help prepare the team for the travel schedule seen in OVC play.

I think the first two games will be somewhat telling. If they can’t compete on the road at St. Louis or in Bowling Green against Western, I may become a little concerned by mid-November. But regardless of the first month, they should be able to find some momentum heading into the conference.

The funniest thing is their late December schedule…against the 307th, 308th, and 309th RPI ranked teams from last year within 2 weeks of each other. They should string 4 straight wins heading into OVC play against UT Martin on the 29th.

And like Austin Peay, the Tigers get a preview of Belmont before the Bruins enter the OVC in 2012.

Non Conference Schedule and RPI
All RPI numbers provided from Basketball State

November RPI
11
@ St. Louis 175
14
@ Western Kentucky 196
16
Fisk
20
vs South Carolina (at Las Vegas Invitational) 134
22
vs North Carolina (at Las Vegas Invitational) 6
25-26
Las Vegas Invitational Finals
December
1
Middle Tennessee State 211
6
@ Belmont 51
10
Central Michigan 307
15
@ Delaware State 309
19
LeMoyne-Owen
21
Alabama A&M 308
February
18
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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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