Ohio Valley Moves Football to the Spring

The Ohio Valley Conference is the latest and final FCS conference to postpone its conference schedule to the spring according to Pete Thamel. The OVC will allow up to four non-conference games followed by a seven game OVC schedule in the spring.

The Ohio Valley Conference confirmed the postponement on Friday evening.

The last week has seen a second wave of postponements on the FCS level though many conferences have allowed member institutions to pursue non-conference matchups if they wish. The OVC is the last FCS conference to move its conference schedule to the fall in the hopes of the championship also being pushed back.

Eastern Illinois, Murray State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee State, and Tennessee Tech do not have any scheduled games remaining. The Golden Eagles canceled its September 12 game against TCU on Friday. Tennessee Martin informed Memphis it will not play the game scheduled for Saturday, November 21.

Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State have non-conference games scheduled for 2020. Jacksonville State’s game against Florida International on Thursday, September 3 will not go as scheduled due to FIU delaying the start of competition until Friday, September 16.

An additional 53 games could be canceled or postponed by the Southland’s decision. 17 non-conference games, which are still eligible to be played, are marked with an asterisk while 36 conference games will be moved to the spring.

8/29*Austin PeayCentral Arkansas
9/3*Western CarolinaEastern Kentucky
9/3*Jacksonville StateFlorida International
9/3*Murray StateGeorgia State
9/3*Tennessee TechSamford
9/12*Jacksonville StateNorth Alabama
9/12Tennessee MartinAustin Peay
9/12*Eastern IllinoisIllinois State
9/12*Eastern KentuckyWest Virginia
9/12*Tennessee TechTCU
9/19*Austin PeayCincinnati
9/19*Eastern KentuckyYoungstown State
9/19*Southeast Missouri StateSouthern Illinois
9/19*Southeastern LouisianaJacksonville State
9/19*Tennessee TechSouthern Miss
9/26*East Tennessee StateAustin Peay
9/26Eastern IllinoisTennessee Martin
9/26Eastern KentuckyTennessee Tech
9/26Jacksonville StateTennessee State
9/26Murray StateSoutheast Missouri State
10/3Tennessee TechJacksonville State
10/3Tennessee StateMurray State
10/3Austin PeayEastern Illinois
10/3Tennessee MartinEastern Kentucky
10/10Jacksonville StateTennessee Martin
10/10Eastern KentuckyAustin Peay
10/10Murray StateTennessee Tech
10/10Southeast Missouri StateTennessee State
10/17Austin PeayJacksonville State
10/17Tennessee TechSoutheast Missouri State
10/17Eastern IllinoisEastern Kentucky
10/17Tennessee MartinMurray State
10/24Jacksonville StateEastern Illinois
10/24Southeast Missouri StateTennessee Martin
10/24Tennessee StateTennessee Tech
10/31Eastern KentuckyJacksonville State
10/31Eastern IllinoisMurray State
10/31Austin PeaySoutheast Missouri State
10/31Tennessee MartinTennessee State
11/7Southeast Missouri StateEastern Illinois
11/7Tennessee TechTennessee Martin
11/7Tennessee StateAustin Peay
11/7Murray StateEastern Kentucky
11/14Austin PeayTennessee Tech
11/14Eastern IllinoisTennessee State
11/14Eastern KentuckySoutheast Missouri State
11/14Jacksonville StateMurray State
11/21Southeast Missouri StateJacksonville State
11/21Murray StateAustin Peay
11/21Tennessee StateEastern Kentucky
11/21Tennessee TechEastern Illinois
11/21*Tennessee MartinMemphis

Two non-conference game already impacted are Jacksonville State at Florida International and Austin Peay at Cincinnati. FIU announced they would delay the start of its season until September 16 while Austin Peay-Cincinnati has moved from Thursday, September 3 to Saturday, September 19.

To date, over 750 games featuring FCS teams have now been canceled or postponed for the 2020 season.

Photo courtesy of Jacksonville State University Athletics.

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