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Dear FCS coaches poll voters,

We are through five weeks of an exciting, extended season of college football right now. We’ve seen #FeartheFCS trending on twitter as teams have taken the fight to the big boys in the upper division. College Gameday made a trip to Fargo, the home of North Dakota State. That was cool.

As a writer covering the Ohio Valley Conference, we’ve had some pretty great things happening over here too. Eastern Illinois is really good. Jimmy Garoppolo is setting new conference records, and could be playing on Sundays. We know you’ve been watching them, and that’s cool. Thank you for that.

Oh, and there’s this pretty good team in a little town called Martin, Tennessee. They’re called the UT Martin Skyhawks, (but you can just call them UTM if you want) and they’re doing some pretty good things to. They’re 3-1 actually. Yeah, they beat a ranked Chattanooga in week 1, on the road at that. And they beat Central Arkansas in week 3. I think you’ve heard of them, because you had them ranked 7th at the time.

They have lost…it was at Boise State, but they’re pretty good.

I was just wondering, could you all pay just a bit more attention? You see…despite the really good things the Skyhawks are doing, you, as a group, haven’t seen fit to put them in the top 25.

I know you’ve been busy. You just got around to putting Gardner Webb in the top 25, and they’ve got three ranked wins. And you’re trying to get your teams in the top 25 too, I bet. It’s hard sometimes.

But if you could try. Just for like, 5 minutes, try and put together a top 25 that represents, I dunno, reality? That would be cool too.

Then you could put together a poll to really be proud of.

And you never know…I might even stop complaining about it and writing condescending letters each and every week.

So, it’s really up to you. Continue living in your fantasy world where the way you had things erroneously pegged in the preseason is much more important than what has actually happened in the five weeks since then. Or, you know, try. Watch some football, maybe. At least look at some scores.


-Catlin Bogard


P.S. I know you probably didn’t watch the UT Martin / SEMO game this weekend. It’s okay, I know the LSU – Georgia game was still on. I was watching Notre Dame lose to Oklahoma during the first quarter myself. But, they played. And the Skyhawks won. Just, you know, in case you were wondering.

  1. Gary Lewis:
    +1 UTM should've broken into all the polls after they beat Central Arkansas. It's beyond pathetic that they're still not in the coaches poll. (Speaking of which, why on earth is a 2-2 Central Ark team still ranked No. 11?!)
    • ovcball:
      Because they started in the top 10. Not a good reason, but that's why.
  2. Candy Goad:
    Thanks Catlin Bogard :) The UTM Skyhawk fans appreciate your letter..
    • ovcball:
  3. Robin Miller Munkel:
    Great letter! Thanks for supporting an awesome school with a great program, fantastic leadership, and talented students!
    • ovcball:
      No problem! Thanks for you comment.
OVC Ball
Final Word (11/13): Jacksonville State stands alone…in basketball too.

2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)