It's a four-team race in the Ohio Valley Conference, but things are going to get settled soon, starting with Saturday's showdown between Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State.
EKU, ranked No. 13 in this week's STATS Football Championship Subdivision poll, visits the nation's No. 1 team in JSU, which has beaten the Colonels each of the past two seasons.
Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and Eastern Illinois are all 4-0 in league play, with Tennessee-Martin right behind at 4-1.
Jacksonville State visits Eastern Illinois next Saturday, while EKU hosts UT-Martin. If things haven't sufficiently shaken out by then, EKU visits Eastern Illinois for its regular-season finale on Nov. 21.
"We knew in the offseason this would be a big game," JSU Coach John Grass said of Saturday's showdown with the Colonels. "When they asked me which game I wanted for homecoming, I picked this one because it was Halloween and you knew we would have a great crowd."
The Gamecocks have won five straight since nearly upsetting FBS opponent Auburn in the second game of the season, while EKU has won three in a row since losing to Kentucky in overtime.
"You have two teams that took two SEC teams to overtime, and both of us should have won," Grass said. "These are two great teams that could play with anybody in the country. Regardless of the winner, (both teams have) a great chance to make a run in the playoffs."
Another similarity both teams share is a former University of Kentucky running back. Josh Clemons is Jacksonville State's second-leading rusher with 405 yards and also has four touchdowns.
Dy'Shawn Mobley is EKU's No. 2 rusher with 240 yards. Mobley, voted the OVC's preseason offensive player of the year, has battled injuries much of the season. He has scored two TDs.