Ohio beat San Diego State 27-0 in the DXL Frisco Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. Ohio cared. Again.
It’s always the hard thing to try figuring out when it comes to the bowl season – who’s going to care about playing?
It’s not that San Diego State didn’t care. It’s that Ohio did want this DXL Frisco Bowl, it was playing far better at the end of the season, and it executed the way it needed to for the blowout win.
Did the lousy weather matter? Maybe. San Diego State isn’t used to playing in bad conditions, and the guys from Ohio are. But that wasn’t it.
Ohio was just that good over the second half of the season with five wins in the final six games before this, and for the most part, this was the way the team played after a rocky first few weeks. And Ohio was just that good against the Aztecs.
The Bobcats got up for last year’s Bahamas Bowl against a UAB that really, really wanted the victory for its first ever bowl win. One 41-6 Ohio win later, and it was the program figuring out how to crank out a win in one of these things under Frank Solich.
And now there’s this.