Big South-Ohio Valley announce 2024 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big South-OVC has officially announced their 2024 conference football schedule. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 7 with UT Martin at Southeast Missouri.

For the second consecutive season, the Big South Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) will compete under a partnership of their football-playing members, dubbed the Big-South-OVC Football Association.

The Bryant Bulldogs and Robert Morris Colonials each depart the conference this summer, while the Western Illinois Leathernecks will join the league. Western Illinois will join returning Big South-OVC members Charleston Southern, Eastern Illinois, Gardner-Webb, Lindenwood, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, and UT Martin.

Each Big South-OVC team will play an eight-game conference schedule which will determine the Big South-OVC’s automatic qualifier for the FCS Playoffs.

Two previously unannounced non-conference matchups were also revealed today through Big South-OVC school releases and are listed below:

  • McKendree at Western Illinois (Sept. 28)
  • Tennessee Tech at Samford (Nov. 9)

Seven of the nine Big South-OVC schools appear to have all four of their non-conference games lined up for 2024, except for Gardner-Webb who still has two openings and Southeast Missouri one.

Big South-OVC Football Schedules

2024 Big South-OVC Football Schedule

Conference games only.

Saturday, Sept. 7
UT Martin at Southeast Missouri

Saturday, Sept. 21
Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech

Saturday, Sept. 28
Charleston Southern at Tennessee State
Lindenwood at Eastern Illinois
Tennessee Tech at Gardner-Webb

Saturday, Oct. 5
Western Illinois at Charleston Southern
Southeast Missouri at Eastern Illinois
Gardner-Webb at UT Martin
Tennessee State at Lindenwood

Saturday, Oct. 12
Charleston Southern at Lindenwood
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech at Southeast Missouri
UT Martin at Western Illinois

Saturday, Oct. 19
Southeast Missouri at Charleston Southern
Lindenwood at Gardner-Webb
Tennessee Tech at Western Illinois

Saturday, Oct. 26
Charleston Southern at Tennessee Tech
Eastern Illinois at UT Martin
Gardner-Webb at Southeast Missouri
Western Illinois at Lindenwood

Saturday, Nov. 2
Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern
Western Illinois at Eastern Illinois
Lindenwood at Tennessee Tech
UT Martin at Tennessee State

Saturday, Nov. 9
UT Martin at Charleston Southern
Eastern Illinois at Gardner-Webb
Southeast Missouri at Lindenwood
Tennessee State at Western Illinois

Saturday, Nov. 16
Charleston Southern at Eastern Illinois
Tennessee State at Gardner-Webb
Western Illinois at Southeast Missouri
Tennessee Tech at UT Martin

Saturday, Nov. 23
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee Tech
Gardner-Webb at Western Illinois
Lindenwood at UT Martin
Southeast Missouri at Tennessee State

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Comments (12)

What I think should happen is that the Big South trade Charleston-Southern and Gardner-Webb to the SoCon for UNC Greensboro, and in turn Chattanooga and ETSU join the OVC.

Z-Man please stop acting like a greedy little child & act like a mature adult & please stop dismantling College Football & enjoy the sport.

Although FBSchedules is the best compilation of future schedules anywhere on the Internet, it’s not part of the US government. We post as guests in Kevin Kelley’s house. There is no “first amendment” in your neighbor’s living room.

Z-Man I will force you to watch FOX News Channel on Saturday Afternoon during November & leave everybody else alone so they can enjoy College Football at Noon & 3:30PM like me. I am a Fan of Night College Football when it comes to SEC,MAC during midweek in November & as Big Ten Fan I accept them playing games under the lights however I am looking forward to CBS having Big Ten Football games full time at 3:30PM beginning next College Football regular season & overall I am 114% flexible on schedules when College Football is being played.

David 114% agree with you & your comments are fantastic & to Z-Man I greatly appreciate it that you please stop posting comments on realignment,adding teams & 7 game conference schedules also please,please leave College Football alone.

To Z-Man you do not care about College Football all you care about is Conference Realignment,Adding Teams,7 game conference schedule & only night games in November & I am getting sick & tired of you that you want College Football to be run by you get a life my friend.

Plus I just recently got kicked out of one of my favorite Discord servers so I am in no mood for your BS