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OVC could play football in the fall and spring, per report

EKU and other OVC teams could be playing games in both seasons.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 09 Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky Photo by Mat Gdowski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It looks like the Ohio Valley Conference will attempt to have a college football season, though in a manner not seen by any other league.

According to Yahoo reporter Pete Thamel, the OVC presidents have voted to play four non-conference games in the fall, then seven conference games in the spring.

My guess is the OVC, which plays in the FCS, wants the non-conference games to bring in more money since they’ll likely be buy games with FBS programs. Then the league can have a real season in the spring where they compete for conference titles, as well as the FCS Championship.

Several FCS leagues have already postponed fall sports and will attempt to have a spring season.

The OVC is home to a pair of Kentucky schools in EKU and Murray State. It’s also home to Eastern Illinois, who UK was scheduled to play this season before the coronavirus led to the SEC adopting a 10-game conference-only schedule.

UK typically plays an OVC team every year, including UT-Martin in 2019 and 2014, Murray State in 2018, EKU in 2017 and 2015, and Austin Peay in 2016.