It was a tough week for the OVC, with five of the ten schools playing FBS powerhouses. The other five schools played lower FCS caliber schools except for Eastern Illinois. The Panthers won in two overtimes against Southern Illinois.
The FCS #21 ranked Eastern Kentucky Colonels lost to FBS #8 Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals, led by Heisman hopeful Bridgewater, went 23-for-32 for 397 yards and threw four touchdowns in the win, 44-7.
The defending Big Ten champs Wisconsin Badgers hosted Tennessee Tech in Madison. The Badgers rolled to a 48-0 victory over the Golden Eagles in typical Wisconsin fashion with three running backs rushing over 100 yards a piece.
Tennessee State beat Florida A&M 27-7 on the road. The TSU defense held FAMU to just 156 yards of total offense, forced two turnovers-with one being returned for a touchdown- and the Rattlers were 2-of-12 on third down conversions.
Boise St. beat UT-Martin 63-14 in Boise. Brett Favre’s nephew, Dylan Favre, got the start for the Skyhawks who scored in the first and fourth quarters but could not stop the Broncos.
Ole Miss hosted Southeast Missouri State, the Rebels beat the SEMO 31-13. SEMO did not allow a point in the second half, but the Rebels were already up 31-0 going in at the half.
Vanderbuilt beat Austin Peay 38-3. With it being Austin Peay’s second straight SEC game to open the Kirby Cannon Era with the Govs.
Murray State would be on the opposite end of the non-conference beatdown. The Racers beat NAIA Campbellsville 83-14. They scored 41 points in the first quarter.
The Tigers would score their two touchdowns in the second quarter. The game was called six minutes short in the fourth quarter.
The OVC will continue with non-conference play this weekend.