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Our yearly breakdown of OVC schedules has reached it’s end, as Tennessee Tech finally officially released their schedule this week, and it’s my be the oddest of the bunch. Not bad, just…odd.

  Last Season RPITravel Distance (mi)
November
14Piedmont International--359
17@ USC1812088
22Chattanooga24898
24Southeastern Louisiana319593
26@ Southeastern Louisiana319593
30@ Tulane224581
December
3Lipscomb20383
7Hiwassee College--102
13@ Alabama128292
15@ North Florida193569
19@ Tennessee37102
22@ Missouri-Kansas City254632
29North Florida193569
January
1@ Eastern Illinois
3@ SIUE
8Murray State
10Austin Peay
15UT Martin
17@ Southeast Missouri
22Morehead State
24Eastern Kentucky
29@ Tennessee State
31@ Belmont
February
7@ Jacksonville State
12Tennessee State
14@ Jacksonville State
16@ East Tennessee State208207
21Belmont
26@ Morehead State
28@ Eastern Kentucky

 

Key Numbers:

Average Non-Conference RPI: 208.9

Average Home Non-Conference RPI: 240.8

Average Non-Conference Road Travel Distance: 561.3 miles*

Non-Division I opponents: 2

*The Louisiana road swing were counted as one trip — because I can’t imagine someone would go for one, and not the other.

 

Thoughts

Is it the playoffs? TTU will play Southeastern Louisiana twice in three days in November, one in Cookeville, another in Louisiana. That second game will be a little weird. The Golden Eagles are also keeping the bracketbusters spirit alive, with a late non-conference game at East Tennessee State. Here’s my question though: why couldn’t TTU get a home-home deal with them, or Chattanooga, instead of SELA and North Florida? The longest road trip of the year, to USC, doesn’t have a second game. It’s a very different schedule.

But the games themselves are pretty solid. Alabama and Tennessee are relatively close road games against Power-5 competition. There are four non-conference games (five if you include non-Division I) against teams from the Volunteer State.

Another oddity — TTU is playing solo home games at 6 p.m. this year, not 7.

 

Road Trip to make

If you can stand all the orange (and living in Tennessee, I’m going to guess the answer is ‘yes’) you’ve got to head to Knoxville. It’s a fun environment. If orange isn’t your color, make the trip to Alabama.

 

Don’t waste your money…

Heading to Louisiana? You will have literally just seen the first opponent. Unless that’s some epic triple-overtime game, it’s probably not going to be as exciting as the first

 

Comparing The Schools

(No more to add! They’re all here)

SchoolNon-Con RPINon-Con Home RPIRoad Travel Dist.Non-DI Opp
Belmont152.6157.6383.7 mi.1
Eastern Illinois166.3283.7280.7 mi2
Morehead State170.1235.0605.3 mi.2
Tennessee State170.5246.3324.4 mi2
Murray State172.5144.5170.6 mi.2
Southeast Missouri176.7221.2571.8 mi.2
Austin Peay184.3227.7404.9 mi.2
SIUE197.5177.5856.8 mi.2
Jacksonville State200.0227.0401.7 mi.2
Tennessee Tech208.9240.8561.3 mi.2
Eastern Kentucky215.5252.5512.0 mi.2
UT Martin238.3348.0479.2 mi.2

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  1. GRoberts:
    I wonder if any other D1 school in the country can match that woeful UT Martin non con home RPI schedule?
    • Catlin Bogard:
      It's virtually impossible. There are only 349 ranked teams...
  2. Jeff Smith:
    Gotta give the Racers props for the toughest schedule in the league. Look at that home non-conf RPI!! Agreed concerning UT-Martin's schedule. Pathetic.
    • GRoberts:
      Murray doesn't have the toughest non conference schedule, it's Belmont. Murray's home non conf is stronger, but Belmont's home & away combined is stronger.
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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

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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