Ohio Bobcats College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
Ohio is Ohio.
Frank Solich might have retired, but nothing slows down with his longtime assistant Tim Albin more than ready to step in and handle the work.
Can the Bobcats maintain the same consistency through the coaching shift? Absolutely, and maybe – not to dog the amazing Solich era at all – this might be the slight tweak that ramps things up a few notches.
The running game will be terrific, and the team will manage to get through game after game when it looks like it’s the best team in the MAC.
But it’s Ohio, so the brain cramp will eventually come, it’ll be yet another year without a conference title – the last one was 1968, by the way – and then it’ll be off to a bowl game to close out the season with a win.
So what if Ohio avoided that misfire along the way? What if it could win all of the close games? That might be the tweak.
Set The Ohio Bobcats Regular Season Win Total At … 7.5
The team will be rock-solid. The lines are great, the skill parts are as good as any in the MAC, and with 17 starters back, there’s more than enough experience to be relatively sharp even with just three games of work last year.
The first month doesn’t matter – the non-conference games aren’t that big a deal here, and Ohio will probably go 1-3 anyway. However, the MAC slate isn’t bad thanks to the East part of the slate. Buffalo will be rebuilding, the Kent State and Miami games are at home, and the Bowling Green and Akron dates are on the road.
Solich has the team, the slate, and the parts in place to get to the MAC title game for the first time since 2016. He’s been to four of them since taking over Ohio in 2005 and has yet to win one.
This year might finally be his breakthrough with the program.