For the primary time this season, I'm returning to a smartly that ran dry.
Again in Week 10, I took Frank Solich's OhioCollege Bobcats, giving 6.Five issues to Japanese Michigan. Alas, Ohio gained 16-10. And I mentioned: argh.
However I nonetheless love the tale over in Athens. The Bobcats simply clinched the MAC East, and can play Central Michigan for the total MAC identify subsequent week. Simply successful their department gave Ohio their first soccer identify of any type since 1968. All the ones individuals who idea the College of Nebraska have been morons for losing Solich after some beautiful a success years can really feel good; In simply his moment season on the Bobcats' helm, Solich has led this program to heights no longer even Jim Grobe (lately successful raves as Wake Woodland's head guy) reached right here within the past due 1990s.
All that's left for the Bobcats ahead of the identify recreation is a few unfinished industry with their archrivals, Miami of Ohio.
This has no longer been a lot of a contention of past due. The RedHawks have gained six instantly over the Bobcats, and 11 out of 12. However this season, the tables have became. Miami (OH), a perennial MAC powerhouse during the last decade and the previous house of Ben Roethlisberger, has suffered a bevy of accidents, and can submit its first dropping season since 1994: they're 2-Nine total, and 2-Five within the MAC. In the meantime, Ohio is 8-Three total and 6-1 within the convention, their first successful season since 2000. The Bobcats are a awesome staff, however the query is: with not anything however satisfaction to play for, will Ohio relaxation its preferrred gamers simply six days clear of the MAC identify recreation?
Solich says no. He and the Bobcats need to win this recreation badly. Big name operating again Kelvin McRae has a six-game streak of 100+ yards speeding, and he needs it to proceed. Ohio additionally has a four-game streak of stopping 10 issues or fewer to combatants, and a six-game successful streak total. And most significantly, there's the truth that this can be a recreation towards Miami, a faculty that's completely waxed the Bobcats time and again the previous decade. Take a look at the closing 5 rankings: 38-7 (2005), 40-20 (2004), 49-31 (2003), 38-20 (2002), 36-24 (2001). If this in reality goes to be a dream season in Athens, Ohio College has to overcome Miami of Ohio, and beat them soundly.
Even higher, Ohio's power, operating the ball, suits up completely with Miami's largest fatigue. The Bobcats moderate 148 yards speeding in step with recreation; the RedHawks permit 162 a recreation. What Miami has executed preferrred is prevent the move, however you’re going to no longer see Ohio attempt to throw greater than, say, 15 or 20 occasions all recreation. And whilst Miami is a particularly pass-happy offense (35 makes an attempt in step with recreation), the Bobcats have allowed simply 160 passing yards in step with recreation, second-best within the MAC and 12th-best within the country. Solich's staff dominates time of ownership with its operating recreation, hardly throws to the vast receivers, shall we the quarterback (Austen Everson) run with impunity, and isn’t going to blow someone out of the water. However the protection has been extraordinarily cast (particularly towards the move), and over the staff's six-game successful streak, simplest the Large Ten's Illinois has out-rushed them. In the meantime, Miami is awfully banned-up, particularly on its offensive line: Charlie Norden and Matt McKeown are out for the 12 months, which has ended in Miami permitting 46 sacks in 11 video games.
The RedHawks don’t seem to be as dangerous as their report. They took Purdue to additional time, let Western Michigan break out on a past due box objective, and must've overwhelmed Ball State, however for a past due power and a one-yard TD move as time expired. Their moderate margin of loss of their 5 MAC defeats has been underneath 5 issues. However they're additionally 4-10 towards the unfold of their closing 14 as underdogs, 1-Four ATS of their closing 5 house video games, and 0-Three instantly up (albeit by way of a blended seven issues) in house MAC video games this 12 months. In the meantime, Ohio is 5-1 ATS of their closing six total, 5-2-1 ATS in video games following an ATS win, and 4-1 ATS of their closing 5 convention video games. If truth be told, because the momentum were given rolling for Solich & Co., the one ATS loss they’d was once, smartly, the half-point ATS loss during which I picked them up on this very column.
Was once that freak happenstance, or did I curse them? We'll to find out, as a result of I really like Ohio this week, too. I surely don’t be expecting a major-blowout win, as a result of that's no longer what the Bobcats do. However I be expecting the Ohio U. contingency to trip smartly the 3 hours from Athens over to Oxford, and I be expecting the Bobcats to be way more motivated than your moderate division-already-clinched player. I believe the road's just a little low as a result of people be expecting the Bobcats to relaxation for the MAC identify recreation, however I don’t suppose that occurs. As a substitute, Ohio grinds it out, takes a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, and stares proper into the faces of the large dangerous RedHawks, and exorcises a decade's price of demons. I'm taking Ohio (-3) at Miami (OH) to hide on their technique to the convention identify tilt.
Final Week: Going into Saturday night time's contest in Cincinnati, the country wonder if Rutgers may rise up to the nationwide scrutiny all for most likely seeing the dominoes fall completely, after which whether or not the Scarlet Knights have been able to take on Ohio. within the nationwide identify recreation. Bet we were given our resolution, huh? I jumped at the Rutgers educate in a large method, then watched because the Bearcats scheded Ray Rice out of relevancy, and Let Rutgers QB Mike Teel self-destruct. And did he ever. Infrequently has an undefeated staff crumbled so badly because the Knights did closing weekend, and I used to be no longer the one sucker who were given taken down with them of their ridiculous 30-11 defeat as a 6.5-point favourite. Because of this, we're 7-Five towards the quantity for the season.