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For the first time in recent history the Ohio Valley Conference has conducted a Preseason Football Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 14 voters from around the league cast a ballot on who they thought would be the 2014 football favorites and preseason players of the year, including myself here at OVC Ball.

2014 Media OVC Preseason Football Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (9 first-place votes) – 118 points
2. Tennessee State (4) – 113
3. Eastern Illinois (1) – 98
4. Eastern Kentucky – 79
5. UT Martin – 77
6. Murray State – 56
7. Tennessee Tech – 44
8. Southeast Missouri – 29
9. Austin Peay – 16

2014 Media OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: DaMarcus James (RB), Jacksonville State
2014 Media OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DL), Tennessee State

 

My Ballot

1. Jacksonville State
2. Tennessee State
3. UT Martin
4. Eastern Kentucky
5. Eastern Illinois
6. Tennessee Tech
7. Murray State
8. Southeast Missouri
9. Austin Peay

I agree that Jacksonville State is a slight favorite over Tennessee State – it comes down to the skill positions on my ballot. But that’s where my disagreement begins. I don’t see a lot of difference between 3-5. Why EIU at 5, then? New coach, new QB, top WR is gone — it’s a lot to replace all at once. Not to mention, with last year being an exception, previous champions have had a tough go.

Disagree? Tell me why I’m (and the rest of the media is) wrong in the comments below.

Also, the OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Monday during the league’s annual Media Day in Nashville.


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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

EAST

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

WEST

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


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