It is week eight of this college football season.
While most of the nation is looking at the first BCS Rankings, the OVC is looking to eliminate contenders to the conference title.
In mid-October, the conference champion is usually unclear. However, with Tennessee State being undefeated this late in the season, they look like the favorites. Especially when they already have a win over second place Eastern Kentucky.
Tennessee State sits in first place with a perfect 7-0 record, 3-0 in the OVC. Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Martin and Eastern Illinois are all tied for second place with 3-1 OVC records. EIU and TSU do not play each other this season so the conference could come down to them without them even meeting.
Jacksonville State and Murray State are tied for fifth with the third best OVC records at 2-2.
Southeast Missouri is in seventh place with a 1-2 OVC record. Tennessee Tech is in 8th place with a 0-3 OVC record.
So far, only Austin Peay has already been eliminated from contention, as they are still winless on the year. The rest of the OVC remains optimistic about winning the conference outright or at least a share of the title.
When taking the way the 2011 season turned out into consideration, with three conference champions, anything is possible.