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In our history of doing these schedule analysis, Jacksonville State has never done well from a score aspect, and this year isn’t any different. The schedule isn’t challenging, road-heavy, and features far more 300+RPI teams than sub-200 RPI.

But there is a redeeming quality, and that’s the “regional rivals.” Trips to Auburn and Alabama A&M are easily drivable, and add in Alabama State as another in-state opponent, and you have a solid group of schools Jacksonville State fans should recognize.

And for a team not expected to have a spectacular season, an easier slate may not be a horrible thing.

Some of the road games are head-scratchers. Chicago State makes sense since it’s paired with Illinois, but Central Michigan? Dartmouth? Those are long trips without much payoff. Even stranger is that Central Michigan returns the favor, heading to Jacksonville State weeks later.

The aforementioned trip to Illinois, and traveling to Florida State are the best games on the schedule, which shows just how especially weak the home slate is. The ‘best’ game has to be Alabama State, who was ranked 327th in RPI (out of 347) last year. The ‘hardest’ home game? Alcorn State…with an amazing 307th rank in RPI. And there are just four in all, with two being lower-division teams.

A lot of OVC teams (Belmont, Murray State, Morehead State) are really stepping up their schedules. Jacksonville State? Not so much.

8at Bradley
10at Illinois
12at Chicago State
16Alabama State
19at Auburn
22Dalton State
25at Alabama A&M
27Fort Valley State
30at Central Michigan
8at Florida State
11Alcorn State
17at Central Michigan
20vs Arkansas-Little Rock
(British Virgin Islands Tournament)
21vs Southern Miss / Coppin State
(British Virgin Islands Tournament)
30UT Martin
2at Belmont
4at Tennessee State
9at SIU Edwardsville
11at Eastern Illinois
16Tennessee State
18at Eastern Kentucky
23at Austin Peay
25at Murray State
1at Morehead State
8Tennessee Tech
13Morehead State
15Eastern Kentucky
20at Southeast Missouri
22at Tennessee Tech



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