This week Jacksonville State travels to Tennessee Tech to face a squad that had 70 points hung on them last week against Murray
However, Murray State isn’t the only team lighting up the scoreboard in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Eastern Illinois is averaging 47.2 points a game. The Panthers are coming off a 65-15 win over Austin Peay, and have scored 50 or more points in three consecutive games, and at least 49 points against all FCS opponents.
EIU (3-2) has only fallen to FBS Western Michigan and lost a heartbreaker to #9 Illinois State (5-0) in double overtime.
Eastern Illinois’ junior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has joined the discussion for possible Water Payton Award which is the Heisman Trophy at the FCS level.
Garoppolo has an average of over 350 passing yards per game, with 18 touchdowns to only five interceptions.
While it’s still early, if Garoppolo did win the Walter Payton Award he would join former EIU quarterback Tony Romo, who won the award in 2002.Romo is now a three time ProBowl quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys.
Then there’s Casey Brockman, quarterback for Murray State, who has a 335 passing yards per game average. His touchdowns to interceptions ratio doesn’t rival Garoppolo’s, but Brockman does have a 67%completion rating. Those two are first and second in the conference in passing yards, well ahead of third place Tre Lamb for Tennessee Tech.
Another team making great progress is Tennessee State. The Tigers aren’t as much of offensive explosion as the Panthers and Racers, but they do have a 5-0 record that puts them knocking at the door of the top 25.
Still, both of these high powered offenses have are yet to face EKU and with the Colonels leading the OVC standings, those games will prove big.
Jacksonville State has yet to face EIU or Murray State as well.
The Gamecocks travel to the Panthers on Oct. 13 and host the Racers two weeks later on Oct. 27.