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So we’ve got the yawners and the head scratchers out of the way. Five more games today, including a few in state contests.


2013-Money-Games-#10If it weren’t for the distance, I would really like this game. It’s a game people will watch, and I’d much rather play a team like Boise versus an SEC team. The Broncos could, and probably will run away from the Skyhawks, but Boise wasn’t exactly Boise last year. Either way, it’s a team everyone knows, and much like the Tennessee Tech game at #11 could get a Gameday shoutout.


2013-Money-Games-#9It’s a drive, but this is the first really “attendable” game on the list. Too bad it’s just not a good matchup. Even being a middle tier SEC team, this is much more likely to be out of hand at halftime than still a contest. Still, it’s a good chance to head to Ole Miss if you’re a Redhawks fan and never been.



My biggest concern with this matchup is that this is just a bit too far for fans to drive. Missouri didn’t make the splash Texas A&M did in their SEC jump, but they’re still a good program. It’s a week 1 game, and as we’ve seen sometimes those FBS teams aren’t as ready as they should be. If Columbia was an hour or two closer, I think this would be honestly be a fun trip to make.


2013-Money-Games-#7I love in state games. Even though the teams are on opposite ends, there’s always that little something extra when the team is in the same state. If only I had any faith in the Governors still being in the game after…well, the first quarter. This isn’t the Tennessee of old, but the Volunteers are getting better. Still, if I’m a Governors fan, I’m buying tickets to Neyland Stadium for Week 1.


2013-Money-Games-#6So, you should ignore this one. Because for some reason, in my mind, North Alabama is the same as South Alabama. Yep, I’m a dope.

This was a late addition to the schedule, to replace the Auburn game that fell through.

Obviously, these teams aren’t zero miles apart, but that’s how far Jacksonville State fans have to travel. A home game against newly minted FBS team North Alabama. In a way, this is a game Jacksonville State fans have been waiting for: a chance to prove they’re good enough to be an FBS team themselves. It really should be a great game. So why is it so low on the list? It’s North Alabama. It’s barely an FCS vs FBS game.



  1. patrick thornton:
    North Alabama is D2, not FBS. Their a division below JSU...
    • ovcball:
      Yeah...turns out I got them slighty confused with South Alabama. As now stated above, I'm a dope.
  2. patrick thornton:
    JSU used to have a great rivalry with TUNA back in D2... Not greater than the Troy rivalry though. Plus we needed to fill a spot...
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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


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


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