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There has been a lot of talk lately that good mid-major programs can’t schedule tough, because big schools are afraid to lose to them.

Someone forgot to tell Belmont. Simply, this is the toughest schedule I’ve seen in three years of these analysis. The only nitpick: Just four home games against Division I teams.

Of course, when one of those teams is VCU, you can be forgiven.

One thing I find funny is that their long-time rivalry with Lipscomb are actually two of the easiest on the schedule, outside of the less than impressive Hall of Fame tipoff games. But trips to Richmond, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Dakota State, Middle Tennessee, Denver, and Indiana State; it’s hard to even pick which ones I like the most. They’re all just so good.

I feel I should note here that the scoring system was purposefully made hard to score a perfect score in quality road games. Because simply, they shouldn’t count as much as home games.

The home slate is lacking outside of the high profile mid-major battle with VCU. But fans will get to see this team: many of those road games are within 5-hour drives, and ever more will almost certainly find their way onto TV.

You could make the argument the schedule could be overpowering for a team losing quite a lot of talent. Only time will tell on that.

8at Lipscomb
11at Richmond
(Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
14Indiana State
17at North Carolina
23vs Holy Cross
(Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
24at Hartford/Hofstra
(Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
3at Middle Tennessee State
14at South Dakota State
17at Denver
21at Kentucky
28at Indiana State
2Jacksonville State
4Tennessee State
9at SEMO
11at UT Martin
16at Eastern Kentucky
18at Tennessee State
23Morehead State
25Eastern Kentucky
29at Morehead State
1at Tennessee Tech
6Murray State
8Austin Peay
13Tennessee State
20Eastern Illinois
26at SIU Edwardsville
1at Jacksonville State


Scoring this season is based on an average score from four areas: All RPI numbers are based upon last season’s RPI. A maximum of 10 points are available in any single area.

Schedule Difficulty
This is based simply on an average of last season’s RPI. All non D-I squads are given a RPI of 400 for average purposes.

RPI Average 
1-150: 10-Points
Every 10 RPI points higher loses 1/2 point.

Quality Home Games

Every home game is worth up to 2.5 points based upon difficulty. This is simply to reward teams that bring quality opponents in front of their home crowd.

RPI of Home Game
1-100: 2.5 points
101-150: 2 points
151-175: 1.5 points
176-200: 1 point
Any D-I: .5 point

Quality Road / Neutral Games

Teams should get some credit for scheduling tough opponents regardless, but only up to 1.5 points available here, and only for challenging games. (RPI numbers loosened from previous years)

RPI of Road / Neutral Game
1-50: 1.5 points
51-100: 1 points
100-200: .5 point.

Regional Rivals (new this year)
Up to three points available for all opponents that could be considered “regional rivals”

Driving Distance between Universities (Division I Only)
<150 Miles: 2 points
<300 Miles: 1 point

In-State Opponent (All Divisions): .5 point

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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