Football Conference Affiliation (for those that support ISU Football)

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Which conference do you think ISU Football should be in?

  • MVFC

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • OVC

    Votes: 3 42.9%
  • Pioneer (non-scholarship FCS)

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Independent

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


The JSW Level
This poll is for those that actually support ISU Football and want to see it survive and succeed. If you're for dropping football then please do everyone a favor that supports the program and just scroll on.

Note that the MVFC is legally a separate entity from the MVC and that this question is solely for football only. Other sports like basketball and baseball would not be affected.

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Positives for each:

MVFC: Best conference in FCS. Winning the conference means you're a very serious national title contender. Receives multiple bids every year (usually 4+). Five other MVC public schools participate in this league. Operates out of the same office as the MVC.

OVC: Closer opponents with similar facilities.

Pioneer: Two other Indiana schools and Drake in conference. Costs less. Would be a buy game for scholarship FCS schools. Operates out of the same office as the MVC.

Independent: Can schedule how we want. Potentially allows us to have more FBS schools on the schedule which means more money for ISU athletics. More FBS opportunities means more chances for an upset which would lead to more exposure, especially if we won one of them.

Negatives for each:

MVFC: Facility is not MVFC level. Four schools play in domes, 2 in newer stadiums, and 2 others play in recently renovated stadiums. Many schools have or will have indoor practice facilities. Strongest conference in FCS, arguably better than FBS level MAC and CUSA.

OVC: Usually a one bid league, sometimes two. Has suffered some recent instability, but seems to have stabilized.

Pioneer: Morehead State is the only public school in the league. Increased travel. Would no longer be able to play FBS schools.

Independent: Scheduling becomes more difficult.
Back in the mid 80’s I was in favor of being independent. We were a lot better then and we only did that 1 year. Now I just don’t know what would be best.
I would much rather stay in the MVFC, however, because of the negative you mentioned the OVC seems like the best fit for us. Not in favor of the Pioneer or being independent. Also, the travel expense to the Dakota schools does not make sense.