Ohio vs. Howard fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 2:00 pm ET
Venue: Peden Stadium, Athens, OH
Ohio (0-0) vs. Howard (0-0) Game Preview
When you last probably cared about Howard football, it was pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college football history – at least, for those able to get a line on the game – when it shocked UNLV 43-40 to start last season. But the Bison also battled hard in a 38-31 loss to Kent State, too.
They went 7-4 with a good run in the MEAC, and now they come back with a fun team with just enough in place to give Ohio a problem.
The Bobcats are terrific again and should be a major player in the MAC race again. Last year they opened the season with a 59-0 win over Hampton. Hampton closed out the season with a 20-17 win over Howard.
One Reason Why Howard Will Win
Can Caylin Newton to it again?
Cam’s brother was the star of the win over UNLV, and now he returns to a high-powered attack that was second in the FCS in yards per completion and averaged 215 rushing yards per game.
Ohio has a rebuilding defense that loses eight of its top 13 tacklers including everyone on the line. If there’s any issue whatsoever early on at getting into the backfield and getting to Newton, the Bison will keep pace. However …
One Reason Why Ohio Will Win
The Bobcats are loaded again offensively with QB Nathan Rourke leading a devastating ground game. They might turn over the ball a lot, and they might be a bit inconsistent early on, but the O line should take over from the start.
For all of the good parts on Howard, the run defense is coming off an awful year – giving up 221 yards per game – and doesn’t generate any pressure in the backfield.
Of course, it’s a new year and new teams, but the Bobcats should be able to crank up close to 300 yards on the ground.
What’s Going To Happen
There won’t be any Howard magic this time around in the opener. The Bobcats will run wild, dominate from the start, and the defense will do its part to keep Newton from going off.
The Bison will come up with some big plays with the passing game to get on the board, but there won’t be enough of them.