2018 UT Martin Skyhawks football team

The 2018 UT Martin Skyhawks football team represented the University of Tennessee at Martin during the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 13th-year head coach Jason Simpson and played their home games at Graham Stadium. They were a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 2–6 in OVC play to finish in eighth place.

2018 UT Martin Skyhawks football
UT Martin Skyhawks wordmark.svg
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
2018 record2–9 (2–6 OVC)
Head coachJason Simpson (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorKevin Bannon (3rd as OC, 6th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorJordon Hankins (2nd as DC, 9th overall season)
Home stadiumGraham Stadium
(Capacity: 8,500)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Jacksonville State $^   7 1         8 3  
No. 15 Southeast Missouri State ^   6 2         8 3  
Eastern Kentucky   5 2         7 4  
Murray State   5 3         5 6  
Tennessee State   3 4         4 5  
Eastern Illinois   3 5         3 8  
Austin Peay   3 5         5 6  
UT Martin   2 6         2 9  
Tennessee Tech   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Skyhawks finished the 2017 season 6–5, 4–4 in OVC play to finish in fourth place.

PreseasonEdit

OVC media pollEdit

On July 20, 2018, the media covering the OVC released their preseason poll with the Skyhawks predicted to finish in third place.[1] On July 23, the OVC released their coches poll with the Skyhawks also predicted to finish in third place.[2]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Jacksonville State 134 (14)
2 Austin Peay 114 (1)
3 UT Martin 96
4 Tennessee State 91
5 Eastern Illinois 83
6 Eastern Kentucky 64
7 Murray State 39
8 Southeast Missouri State 35
9 Tennessee Tech 19
Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Jacksonville State 126 (14)
2 Austin Peay 112 (4)
3 UT Martin 95
4 Eastern Illinois 73
5 Eastern Kentucky 69
6 Tennessee State 64
7 Southeast Missouri State 62
8 Murray State 24
9 Tennessee Tech 23

Preseason All-OVC teamEdit

The Skyahwks had three players selected to the preseason all-OVC team.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:00 p.m.at Missouri*SECNL 14–5144,019
September 86:00 p.m.at Middle Tennessee*ESPN+L 37–6116,227
September 153:00 p.m.Chattanooga*ESPN+L 24–344,414
September 222:00 p.m.No. 24 Austin Peay
ESPN+W 37–71,497
September 296:00 p.m.at Murray StateESPN+L 38–4511,137
October 132:00 p.m.Eastern Kentucky
  • Graham Stadium
  • Martin, TN
ESPN+L 34–351,769
October 202:00 p.m.at Eastern IllinoisESPN3L 21–24 OT7,413
October 272:00 p.m.Southeast Missouri State 
  • Graham Stadium
  • Martin, TN
ESPN+L 33–564,014
November 31:00 p.m.at Jacksonville StateESPN+L 14–2116,093
November 102:00 p.m.Tennessee Tech
ESPN+W 38–132,736
November 172:00 p.m.at Tennessee StateESPN+L 28–31 OT3,618
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

at MissouriEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 0 7 7 0 14
Tigers 14 24 10 3 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 7 10 7 13 37
Blue Raiders 14 12 21 14 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–18–1 1999 MTSU, 70–14

ChattanoogaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mocs 10 10 7 7 34
Skyhawks 0 7 0 17 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2017 UTM, 21–7

Austin PeayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Governors 7 0 0 0 7
Skyhawks 6 0 17 14 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–18 2017 APSU, 7–0

at Murray StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 3 7 14 14 38
Racers 14 17 7 7 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–28–1 2017 MUR, 13–10

Eastern KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colonels 21 0 7 7 35
Skyhawks 7 24 3 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–23 2017 EKU, 31–21

at Eastern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Skyhawks 7 7 0 70 21
Panthers 0 7 14 03 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–13 2017 UTM, 27–10

Southeast Missouri StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redhawks 16 14 7 19 56
Skyhawks 7 10 3 13 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–15 2017 UTM, 16–14

at Jacksonville StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 3 0 0 11 14
No. 10 Gamecocks 10 3 0 8 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–32 2017 JSU, 14–7

Tennessee TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 13 0 0 13
Skyhawks 14 14 3 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–18 2017 UTM, 24–0

at Tennessee StateEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Skyhawks 0 3 7 153 28
Tigers 0 12 3 106 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–16 2017 UTM, 31–16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Media Pollsters Tab Jacksonville State as 2018 OVC Football Preseason Favorites". www.ovcsports.com.
  2. ^ "Jacksonville State Picked as 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Football Favorites". www.ovcsports.com.
  3. ^ "SEMO's Terry, JSU's Bridges Named OVC Preseason Football Players of the Year". www.ovcsports.com.