College Football 2018 Preview: Ohio Bobcats
Ohio Bobcats 2017 record 9-4
Ohio Bobcats 2018 Preview
The consistent Ohio Bobcats hope to capture an elusive MAC championship in 2018.
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Overview: Head coach Frank Solich has an explosive rushing attack to lean on to reach yet another Bowl in 2018.
Offense: Ohio returns Nathan Rourke under center and even though he isn’t a big time passer, he is an explosive option in the rushing attack. AJ Ouellette also comes back to give the Bobcats plenty of punch on the ground with Julian Ross and Maleek Irons also getting carries. The Bobcats passing attack revolves around Papi Brown who averaged 16.4 yards per catch with Cameron Odom and Andrew Meyer seeing more balls with the departure of Brendan Cope. The Ohio offensive line returns five experienced players including All-MAC performers Joe Anderson and Joe Lowery.
Defense: The Ohio defense is a question mark especially the front seven beginning with the defensive line that lost virtually everyone. Andrew Payne and Kent Berger will now be asked to anchor the unit but there was depth that will move in to starting positions. Two starters are gone at linebacker with Evan Croutch and his 70 stops in 2017 leading the Bobcats. The Ohio secondary does have returning experience with safety Javon Hagan leading the group with 85 tackles a season ago. Fellow safety Tyler Gullet is also back along with corner Jalen Fox but the Ohio secondary needs to make more plays (interceptions).
Special Teams: Ohio is solid at punter with Michael Farkas back while placekicker Louie Zervos hit all seven field goals of less then 40 yards while hitting 8-11 from 40+ in 2017. Julian Ross will handle the Bobcats kick return duties while Papi White and Kylan Nelson handle the PR chores.
Outlook: Ohio will be strong on the ground once again and the passing attack should improve. If the Bobcats defense can hold it’s own this team will be a top contender for the MAC East title.
9-1 vs. Howard
9-15 @ Virginia
9-22 @ Cincinnati
9-29 vs. UMass
10-6 @ Kent State
10-13 @ Northern Illinois
10-20 vs. Bowling Green
10-25 vs. Ball State
11-1 @ Western Michigan
11-7 @ Miami (OH)
11-14 vs. Buffalo
11-23 vs. Akron