Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, six teams have a chance to win the Ohio Valley Conference title and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.
Tennessee Tech is the only team that controls its own destiny. If the Golden Eagles (6-3, 5-2 OVC) defeat Austin Peay (3-7, 2-5) Saturday at home, they clinch the championship.
If Tech falls, then things could get rather complicated.
And the Colonels would have a chance to win the title outright.
“You’ve got to count on someone else,” EKU coach Dean Hood said. “But, we’ve got to take care of what we can control first because if we don’t do that it doesn’t matter.”
EKU (6-4, 5-2) can claim the title by beating UT Martin (5-5, 4-3) if Tech loses.
However, Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-2) can take the championship by beating Tennessee State if both EKU and Tech lose.
After that, things get a little more complicated.
Scenario 1 - If EKU, Tech and Jacksonville State all finish with 6-2 records, Tech would claim the title.
Scenario 2 - If EKU and TTU both win and Jacksonville State loses, Tech would claim the title.
Scenario 3 - If Tech and Jacksonville State win and EKU falls to UT Martin, Tech would claim the title.
Scenario 4 - If Tech loses and EKU and Jacksonville State both win, EKU would claim the title.
Scenario 5 - If EKU, Tech, Jacksonville State, UT Martin and Tennessee State all finish with 6-3 records and Murray State (6-4, 4-3) loses to SEMO, Tennessee State (5-5, 4-3) would claim the title.
Scenario 6 - If six teams all finish with a 6-3 record (EKU, Tech, Jacksonville State, UT Martin, Tennessee State and Murray State), the OVC’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoff will be determined by a blind draw.
The only thing that is certain heading into the final weekend is that SEMO, Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois have no shot at a title.
All these scenarios certainly could make for an interesting day, especially with all four games going on at the same time.
UT-Martin and EKU will open the final week’s schedule at 1 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium. Murray State at SEMO is set to get under way at 2 p.m. Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech is scheduled to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. and Jacksonville State at Tennessee State is set for 3 p.m.