Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Ohio Bobcats season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Ohio Bobcats
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Ohio Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Ohio might have the best team in the MAC again. And it could mean a title … finally.
Ohio rolled eventual conference champion Toledo 38-10 late last season, but a total gag in a loss to Akron, and a letdown loss to Buffalo to follow, meant a horribly disappointing second-place finish in the division.
Yeah, the Bobcats got their ya-yas out with a 41-6 blasting of UAB in the Bahamas Bowl, but there should’ve been a MAC championship t-shirt, too.
The program is long overdue for the big conference prize.
Frank Solich has had a wonderful second act to his coaching career, creating the MAC’s most consistent program with nine bowl appearances and just one losing season over the last 12 years.
Ohio has won the East four times under Solich, but continues to be the bridesmaid with no conference tithes under his watch.
And last year, Ohio wasn’t even invited to the wedding.
The program that hasn’t won a MAC title since 1968 has to break through and end the drought.
It’s a relatively down year overall in the MAC, there’s no super-team like last year’s Toledo squad was supposed to be, and the Bobcats have a favorable enough slate to get the job done.
2017 breakout star quarterback Nathan Rourke is back, along with most of the top running backs and a good enough receiving corps to make the O even more explosive. The line is more than good enough to do its part to make it all go.
Defensively, the secondary that had problems giving up big yards is going to be the early strength. However, even with almost the entire defensive front seven gone, the run D will be sound and the pass rush will come.
Mix in the special teams that should be among the best in the MAC, a coach in Solich who keeps on winning, and everything is there to win a conference championship.
Everything was there last year, too.