Not only are OVC teams playing more FBS games, they’re playing more good ones. If you’re a fan of a team on this list, and you’re not making plans for these games, you should be.
This isn’t about the matchup as much as it’s about the opponent. Eastern Illinois is playing a team coming off a BCS Bowl birth. Sure, they lost, but this is a team people are going to be watching…assuming they don’t take a loss before they’re matchup during Week 4. And it’s an in state matchup, which I love.
Another newly minted FBS team is another game that barely counts. But this is about the trip as much as anything. It’s a short drive…to the Georgia Dome. If you’ve never been to the Georgia Dome, this is a great change. And this is a winnable game on the road. If nothing else, it’s a great test in Week 4, to see how your team stacks up before OVC play gets underway.
The middle game in Austin Peay’s FBS gauntlet is the best, just down the road in Nashville against Vanderbilt. If it were almost any OVC team other than the Governors, I’d give them at least a fighting chance. Even so, it’s a easy trip, and a must-go for Austin Peay fans.
Last year, UT Martin shocked
the world absolutely no one when they upset Memphis in September. This year, the Skyhawks will have to wait until November to go for two straight against the Tigers. If it were anyone but Memphis, easily the least respected team in FBS football, I’d be concerned about playing a game against an FBS team so late in the year. After last year, I can’t imagine anyone free that night in Martin not making the two hour drive.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving EKU better than 50:1 odds to get a win. But Papa John’s Stadium is a great stadium, the game is down the road, it’s an in state game, and it has “Gameday” mention written all over it. It’s a great game to have scheduled. And easily worthy of my top ranking for the 2013 season.