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Last year, you may remember, Eastern Kentucky set a school record for best ever start. I attributed it as much to their cupcake of a schedule as to actual talent, something they didn’t really appreciate.

I’m happy to report this year’s schedule is more difficult, at least one stretch is. In fact, the schedule is an exercise in extremes, with the Colonels opponents either being exceedingly great teams a year ago, or exceedingly not. But difficulty doesn’t necessarily equal quality, and while there are some amazing games on the road, don’t expect too many amazing games in Richmond until conference play starts.

We’ll really get a good look at the Colonels early in the season. With the exception of the hosts, EKU faces two solid opponents at the Kennesaw State Invitational. A three-game sweep would be a solid sign for the expected OVC favorites to start the season. (Even two-of-three wouldn’t be bad)

After four likely snoozers at home, the Colonels hit the road again for quite possibly the toughest road trip any team in the conference faces. At NC State, at VCU, then at Wisconsin, all within 15 days of each other is a serious test, even for a major conference team.

The worst part of this schedule: There are virtually no regional rivals. IPFW barely qualifies, (by 5 miles) Chattanooga isn’t a whole lot closer, and their only in-state non-conference opponent is NAIA Brescia University.

8vs FIU
(Kennesaw State Invitational)
9at Kennesaw State
(Kennesaw State Invitational)
10vs Youngstown State
(Kennesaw State Invitational)
13Warren Wilson College
16High Point
19Alabama A&M
22Brescia University
30at NC State
5at VCU
7at Longwood
14at Wisconsin
18NC A&T
29at IPFW
2at Eastern Illinois
4at SIUE
8Murray State
11at Morehead State
18Jacksonville State
23at Tennessee State
25at Belmont
30UT Martin
4UT Chattanooga
8Morehead State
13at Tennessee Tech
15at Jacksonville State
22at Austin Peay
27Tennessee Tech
1Tennessee 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 Game

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