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There’s a difference between a “quality” schedule and a “hard” schedule. It’s the reason why I use not just last year’s RPI, but created a scoring system for these analyses. UT Martin’s schedule, especially for road games, is hard. Their home games…are not. In fact, UT Martin should not lose a single non-conference home game.

No pressure, guys.

The road schedule is absolutely brutal, filled with more money games than anyone else in the conference. Colorado and UNLV were top-50 RPI teams last year; Wyoming, Florida State, and Arkansas all had top 100-RPI’s. Arkansas State is a relative breather as top-200 RPI. Calling the road slate “challenging” is a understatement.

But then there’s the home slate, highlighted by…um…well…there’s…um…

Yeah. Those games aren’t all that exciting on paper: Not a single team in the RPI top-200 last year. Bringing is Lipscomb is a nice in-state battle. UMKC is a team we’re used to seeing facing OVC teams. Jackson State, I’ve heard of them.

Maybe that’s not a bad thing. Even with a, we’ll call it “relaxed,” home schedule, the Skyhawks will be challenged before OVC play begins. It’s just, as a fan, there are any “must see” games in Martin.

One note on the OVC schedule: UT Martin finishes the season with four-straight at home. If there’s a tight race, that could be a big boon for the Skyhawks.

8at Wyoming
10at Colorado
13at Arkansas State
15Rochester College
17at Florida State
22Jackson State
30at UNLV
4at Samford
7Northern Kentucky
16at Presbyterian
19at Arkansas
21Southeastern Louisiana
30at Jacksonville State
2at Austin Peay
4at Murray State
9Tennessee State
18at Morehead State
23Eastern Illinois
25SIU Edwardsville
30at Eastern Kentucky
6at Eastern Illinois
8at SIU Edwardsville
15at Southeast Missouri
20Tennessee Tech
22Southeast Missouri
27Murray State
1Austin Peay


OVC Ball Scoring Details

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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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