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[Thursday Update] So I never would have thought the Pac-12 would be the source of a great calm over the collegiate landscape, but for now we may end this round of Conference Madness with much less madness than we first thought.

[Monday Update] Well, the college landscape hasn’t completely imploded upon itself, but it’s trying really, really hard to do so. As of about 9:00 p.m. Monday, here’s what we think we know:

[Sunday] This week is set up to be a wild week for collegiate athletics. As of about 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, here’s what we think we know:

I think at this point, there’s no question that one of the “Big 6” conferences is going to fold / combine. The most likely scenario seems to be a Big XII / Big East combination. Right now, here’s how the conference’s could be stacked.

Pac 12 – 16 teams (With Texas, OU, OK. St., Texas Tech)
SEC – 14 teams (With A&M, Missouri)
ACC – 16 teams (With Syracuse, Pittsburgh, UConn, Rutgers?)
Big 10 – 12 teams
Big East / Big XII – 18 teams? (Unlikely…2 probably get left out somehow, or end up in the SEC / Big 10)

So will any of this effect the OVC? Probably, although not directly. The entire idea behind “super conferences” is that the rich get richer, essentially. There’s more money (especially on the football side) for these conferences than the current system, or they wouldn’t be happening, plain and simple. If you’re looking for something to create a larger divide between mid-majors and the BCS schools, here you go. It means a larger recruiting average for these teams, more TV coverage (if such a thing is possible, actually) and more media coverage. Yeah, there’s disadvantages, but far outweighed by the advantages. (i.e. THE MONEY)

By the way, think the OVC is done expanding? Un-like-ly.


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OVC Ball
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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