2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers Football Team
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2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers Football Team
2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers football
Eastern Illinois Panthers wordmark.svg
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
2018 record3-8 (3-5 OVC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorScott Parr (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCary Fowler (2nd season)
Home stadiumO'Brien Field
(Capacity: 10,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Ohio Valley Conference 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 Poll

The 2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Kim Dameron and played their home games at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Illinois as members of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). They finished the season 3-8, 3-5 in OVC play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

On November 18, head coach Kim Dameron was fired.[1] He finished at Eastern Illinois with a five-year record of 27-30.

Previous season

The Panthers finished the 2017 season 6-5, 5-3 in OVC play to finish in third place.

Preseason

OVC media poll

On July 20, 2018, the media covering the OVC released their preseason poll with the Panthers predicted to finish in fifth place.[2] On July 23, the OVC released their coaches poll with the Panthers predicted to finish in fourth place.[3]

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 Panthers had three players selected to the preseason all-OVC team.[4]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:00 p.m.at Arkansas*SECNL 20-5563,342
September 86:30 p.m.at No. 19 Illinois State*NBCSC+L 10-488,914
September 156:00 p.m.Indiana State*ESPN+L 41-556,420
September 222:00 p.m.Tennessee State
  • O'Brien Field
  • Charleston, IL
ESPN+L 40-417,670
September 296:00 p.m.at Tennessee TechESPN+W 52-387,184
October 66:00 p.m.Murray State
  • O'Brien Field
  • Charleston, IL
ESPN+L 41-483,063
October 133:00 p.m.at No. 8 Jacksonville StateESPN3L 22-4915,649
October 202:00 p.m.UT Martindagger
  • O'Brien Field
  • Charleston, IL
ESPN3W 24-21 OT7,413
October 2712:00 p.m.at Eastern KentuckyESPN+L 23-314,400
November 101:00 p.m.Austin Peay
  • O'Brien Field
  • Charleston, IL
ESPN+W 52-212,149
November 171:00 p.m.at No. 23 Southeast Missouri StateESPN+L 32-383,987
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Source[5]

Game summaries

at Arkansas

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 6 7 7 20
Razorbacks 10 28 10 7 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Illinois State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 10 0 10
No. 19 Redbirds 7 21 10 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
42-55-9 2017 ILST, 44-13

Indiana State

1 2 3 4 Total
Sycamores 17 14 14 10 55
Panthers 20 0 7 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
43-37-4 2017 EIU, 22-20

Tennessee State

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 13 13 15 41
Panthers 17 7 7 9 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
15-7 2017 EIU, 19-16

at Tennessee Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 14 10 21 52
Golden Eagles 10 0 7 21 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
18-6 2017 EIU, 24-23

Murray State

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 10 14 14 10 48
Panthers 7 10 17 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
19-14 2017 EIU, 27-24

at Jacksonville State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 6 0 13 22
No. 8 Gamecocks 14 7 14 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-9 2017 JSU, 30-14

UT Martin

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

at Eastern Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 7 0 6 23
Colonels 3 7 7 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
12-13 2017 EIU, 23-20

Austin Peay

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 0 7 7 7 21
Panthers 14 21 3 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
14-4 2017 APSU, 28-13

at Southeast Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 10 15 32
No. 23 Redhawks 10 7 3 18 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
18-7 2017 EIU, 19-16

References

  1. ^ https://www.pantagraph.com/sports/college/eastern/dameron-fired-as-eastern-football-coach/article_ff7b2bac-56b5-5078-9713-c7edca8bb445.html
  2. ^ http://www.ovcsports.com/news/2018/7/10/media-pollsters-tab-jacksonville-state-as-2018-ovc-football-preseason-favorites.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.ovcsports.com/news/2018/7/10/jacksonville-state-picked-as-2018-ohio-valley-conference-football-favorites.aspx?path=football
  4. ^ http://www.ovcsports.com/news/2018/7/10/semos-terry-jsus-bridges-named-ovc-preseason-football-players-of-the-year.aspx?path=football
  5. ^ "2018 Football Schedule - EIU Panthers". Eastern Illinois University Panthers.

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