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Allow me to be blunt: This is not a challenging schedule. It is not remotely challenging. Which, honestly, might be a good thing for the Golden Eagles.

Last year’s RPI average is the lowest of any schedule reviewed so far, and there are less than a handful of schedules remaining. Only Tennessee finished last year with an RPI in the top-100. South Florida, and Green Bay were the only other top-200 teams. Could some of the other teams be better than last year? Of course they can. But on face, Tennessee Tech has a very good chance to finish non-conference play with a .500 or better record.

That doesn’t mean the schedule is necessary bad. Short road trips to in-state teams like Lipscomb and Tennessee, plus six home games gives fans plenty of chances to see their team play. Sadly none of those half dozen games in Cookeville are particularly memorable.

Their non-conference tournament is almost laughable. Two 300+ RPI teams, and a 250+ in IPFW. Those two 300+ teams, though, will have a sizeable home court advantage, including one actually playing at home.

This schedule doesn’t light the world on fire, and shows how hard it can be for mid-majors sometimes to put together one that does. TTU should be competitive across all of it, although if they’re not, there may be some serious cause for concern.

9at South Florida
12Loyola (Ill.)
15vs Texas Pan-American
(Holiday Inn Islanders Classic)
16at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
(Holiday Inn Islanders Classic)
17vs IPFW
(Holiday Inn Islanders Classic)
26East Tennessee State
30Utah Valley
5at Lipscomb
7at Tennessee
15at Lamar
17at Green Bay
19Hillsdale College (Okla.)
28at Utah Valley
2at Tennessee State
4at Belmont
9Eastern Illinois
18Southeast Missouri
23at Murray State
25at Austin Peay
30Tennessee State
8at Jacksonville State
13Eastern Kentucky
15Morehead State
20at UT Martin
22Jacksonville State
27at Eastern Kentucky
1at Morehead 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

  1. David Fish:
    Do you have a page that compares all the schedule ratings in one place?
    • ovcball:
OVC Ball
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