And that could well be true. While many people are looking at the Racers schedule and considering the idea of them going undefeated, almost everyone is overlooking the Governors.
At 2-9, who can blame them.
But just one day before the Racers pulled off the upset at then No. 20 Memphis, Austin Peay pulled off their first over win against an in-state behemoth, Tennessee.
And just 24 hours later, many in the OVC had forgotten all about it.
But, having watched that upset, I’ve come to a conclusion.
Austin Peay can still win the OVC.
It may seem like eons ago, but I once ranked the top schedules non-conference schedules, and Austin Peay led in a landslide. Simply put, based on last year’s RPI, the Governors had the hardest schedule by a mile.
Only where a lot of team schedules have proven softer than originally thought, Austin Peay’s has proven the opposite. In fact, until they play Rochester (Mich) this Saturday, they haven’t played a lower-division team.
The Racers have played 3. As has almost every other team in the OVC.
And while other teams have dealt with injuries or players lost for other reasons, none except for UT Martin or Tennessee State have had one as devastating at the Governors losing John Fraley in the first game.
Austin Peay still has Tyshwan Edmondson. And senior guard Josh Terry is having an underrated season, including putting up 20+ points in each of the Governors 2 wins, their last 2 games.
And they host Murray State in early January in Clarksville, a Racers team that, as almost every sportwriter has pointed out this week, could very well be undefeated. If that’s not motivation enough to beat a rival, I can’t imagine what else would be.
At 2-9, many fans are writing off the Governors.
Let me be the one to tell you…that would be a mistake.
The Governors will challenge for the OVC crown.