1. OHIO WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s Ohio under Frank Solich, so it’ll be a fifth-straight season with eight wins or more, and likely a third straight year with eight regular season wins with a ninth coming in the bowl.
There’s a whole lot of turnover on offense, but QB Nathan Rourke will make everyone around him better, and Ohio is one of the few MAC teams that can lose three all-star on the offensive line and still be fine.
The defensive side might not have too many all-stars outside of S Javon Hagan, but it’ll be a sound group that could be a whole lot better with more of a pass rush.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
There isn’t a game on the slate the Bobcats can’t win, but the personnel turnover on offense will be just enough to be costly in a few early games.
They have to go to Pitt and Marshall, and they have to deal with Buffalo on the road. Assume they’ll lose two out of those three, and like last season, there will be a few blips along the way, even though five of the last six games are against teams that didn’t go bowling last year.
The real X factor in the win total could be need. MAC teams have a way of chilling out before the MAC Championship if they have things wrapped up, and Ohio just might be the East champ by the time it goes to Akron.
No matter what, it’ll be another good, strong bowl season …
Because it’s Ohio.