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4 more teams will soon be part of the FCS tournament, as the Football Championship series eyes an expansion in 2013, according to ESPN.

The change will allow the Pioneer League to have an automatic bid, and grant 3 extra at-large bids. Also 8 ranked seeds will get bye games and host the 2nd round.

The impact of this move is rather minimal, and it’s likely that many years the OVC won’t be a beneficiary it. Expanding the field by 3 is nice, but it’s rare that a team is that close to being in the tournament, and not in the tournament as the OVC auto bid. Last year was a rarity to see two teams make the tournament, although under this new rule, we might see it more in the future. Just don’t expect the new rule to automatically make the OVC a 2-bid league every year.

There was also some talk of altering the playoffs structure, such as seeding all 24 teams, or playing the semifinals and finals on a neutral field. Both those ideas failed.

One note from the article:

The proposal would give an automatic bid to all FCS leagues that want one

Why the Ivy and Southwestern Leagues don’t want their teams to enter the FCS playoffs is beyond me.


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Balancing OVC team’s records versus Strength of Schedule

OVC Schedule


DEC. 2

4-4SIUE60FINAL
6-1Indiana83

DEC. 3

2-4Morehead State2 p.m. ET
ESPN 3
5-2Purdue
5-1Marshall4 p.m. ET
OVC Digital
4-4Eastern Kentucky
6-1Tennessee State5 p.m. ET
ESPN 3
3-6Lipscomb
2-6Tennessee Tech7 p.m. ET
0-6Alabama A&M
4-3Austin Peay8 p.m. ET
SEC Network
5-2Arkansas
2-3Belmont8 p.m. ET
4-3Pepperdine
1-6Detroit Mercy8 p.m. ET
OVC Digital
3-4Murray State

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Tennessee State0-06-1
Jacksonville State0-05-3
Eastern Kentucky0-04-4
Belmont0-02-3
Morehead State0-02-4
Tennessee Tech0-02-6

WEST

UT Martin0-07-2
Austin Peay0-04-3
Eastern Illinois0-04-3
SIU Edwardsville0-04-3
SEMO0-04-3
Murray State0-03-4
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