Ohio Bobcats 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 8-5
Ohio Bobcats 2016 Preview
The Ohio Bobcats have their sights set on a MAC title and another Bowl in 2016.
Overview: Veteran head coach Frank Solich has Ohio pointed in the right direction after a few down years. The question is getting production under center with a rebuilt offensive line while replacing some pieces in the secondary.
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Offense: The Bobcats outscored opponents 27-25 so controlling the scoreboard has to be center stage especially as Derrius Vick takes over 1,800 passing yards with him but the cupboard isn’t bare with JD Sprague (surgery this spring) throwing for 900 yards and adding 261 yards on the ground in an injury shortened 2015 but staying healthy is a question. Ohio is set at receiver with five of the top six options back with Sebastian Smith, Jordan Reid and Brendan Cope accounting 139 receptions for over 1,800 yards. AJ Oueliette led the Bobcats on the ground with 687 yards with a 4.5 yard average which wasn’t scary to opponents but Dorian Brown, Papi White and Maleek Irons showed some explosiveness in limited action last year. The O-Line loses three but Ohio has at least three competent starters back but losing some valuable experience is never a good thing.
Defense: The Bobcats are experienced on the defensive line with four of their top five back with four star Michigan transfer Tom Strobel coming in at defensive end but big plays, especially on the ground needs to be addressed. The Bobcats get back their top three linebackers with Quentin Poling manning the middle after leading the team with 10.5 TFL, four sacks and four interceptions. On paper the front seven have the potential to be better then in 2015 but the biggest worry is there isn’t enough quality experience behind the front seven. FS Toran Davis and corner is the biggest name in the secondary as Langston Provitt left the team meaning experience and depth are a huge concern but Ohio might be mixing and matching until the best combination is found.
Special Teams: The Bobcats were okay in the special teams department and the team might welcome being okay this season given only punt returner Papi White is back after averaging 7.5 yards on 13 returns. Freshman Michael Farkas and Louie Zervos have gotten looks at punter and placekicker in the spring.
Outlook: I am an Ohio fan and trying to be unbiased I believe a healthy squad can go to the postseason but to be honest I think matching their eight wins in 2015 would exceed expectations but a Bowl should be within their grasp at the very least.
9/3 Texas State
9/10 @ Kansas
9/17 @ Tennessee
10/1 @ Miami (OH)
10/8 Bowling Green
10/15 Eastern Michigan
10/22 @ Kent State
10/27 @ Toledo
11/15 @ Central Michigan