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2018 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
2018 record7–4 (5–2 OVC)
Head coachMark Elder (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorTommy Zagorski (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorKurt Maddix (3rd season)
Home stadiumRoy Kidd Stadium
(Capacity: 20,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →

Template:2018 OVC football standings The 2018 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football team represented Eastern Kentucky University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Mark Elder and played their home games at Roy Kidd Stadium as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 5–2 in OVC play to finish in third place.

Previous season

The Colonels finished the 2017 season 4–7, 3–5 in OVC play to finish in a tie for fifth place.

Preseason

OVC media poll

On July 20, 2018, the media covering the OVC released their preseason poll with the Colonels predicted to finish in sixth place.[1] On July 23, the OVC released their coaches poll with the Colonels predicted to finish in fifth 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 team

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

Offense

Dan Paul – TE

Aaron Patrick – DL

Specialists

LJ Scott – KR

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.Morehead State*ESPN+W 49–2310,230
September 86:30 p.m.at Marshall*ESPN+L 16–3224,304
September 154:00 p.m.at Bowling Green*ESPN3L 35–4217,542
September 224:00 p.m.Southeast Missouri State
  • Roy Kidd Stadium
  • Richmond, KY
ESPN+W 23–147,720
October 64:00 p.m.No. 8 Jackonville State
  • Roy Kidd Stadium
  • Richmond, KY
ESPN+L 7–566,820
October 133:00 p.m.at UT Martin
  • Graham Stadium
  • Martin, TN
ESPN+W 35–341,769
October 203:00 p.m.Murray Statedagger
  • Roy Kidd Stadium
  • Richmond, KY
ESPN+L 6–3410,440
October 271:00 p.m.Eastern Illinois
  • Roy Kidd Stadium
  • Richmond, KY
ESPN+W 31–234,400
November 35:00 p.m.at Austin Peay
  • Fortera Stadium
  • Clarksville, TN
ESPN+W 17–136,094
November 101:00 p.m.Robert Morris*
  • Roy Kidd Stadium
  • Richmond, KY
ESPN+W 40–39 OT4,165
November 172:30 p.m.at Tennessee Tech
  • Tucker Stadium
  • Cookeville, TN
ESPN+W 37–64,559
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

Morehead State

1 2 3 4 OT
Eagles 0 7 0 16 23
Colonels 18 0 14 17 49




Overall record Last meeting Result
52–16–4 2014 EKU, 55–13

at Marshall

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonels 0 6 7 3 16
Thundering Herd 13 7 7 5 32




Overall record Last meeting Result
8–10–1 1992 MARSH, 44–10

at Bowling Green

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonels 14 7 14 0 35
Falcons 0 28 6 8 42




Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2003 BGSU, 63–13

Southeast Missouri State

1 2 3 4 OT
Redhawks 7 0 0 7 14
Colonels 3 7 7 6 23




Overall record Last meeting Result
23–4 2017 SEMO, 29–10

Jacksonville State

1 2 3 4 OT
No. 8 Gamecocks 14 14 7 21 56
Colonels 0 0 0 7 7




Overall record Last meeting Result
6–9 2017 JSU, 41–25

at UT Martin

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonels 21 0 7 7 35
Skyhawks 7 24 3 0 34




Overall record Last meeting Result
23–4 2017 BGSU, 31–21

Murray State

1 2 3 4 OT
Racers 0 10 14 10 34
Colonels 3 0 3 0 6




Overall record Last meeting Result
46–27–4 2017 EKU, 26–13

Eastern Illinois

1 2 3 4 OT
Panthers 10 7 0 6 23
Colonels 3 7 7 14 31




Overall record Last meeting Result
13–11 2017 EIU, 23–20

at Austin Peay

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonels 3 0 7 7 17
Governors 7 6 0 0 13




Overall record Last meeting Result
45–5 2017 APSU, 31–24

Robert Morris

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonials 10 13 0 10 39
Colonels 6 10 7 10 40




Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 EKU, 29–10

at Tennessee Tech

1 2 3 4 OT
Colonels 0 13 7 17 37
Golden Eagles 0 3 3 0 6




Overall record Last meeting Result
54–20 2017 EKU, 24–21

References

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