Ohio University is a small school with a men’s football team that seems to “play big” most of the time. The Bobcats, as they are known to their fans, seem to produce winning records more often than not.
As a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), this rugged squad managed to receive invitations to five consecutive bowl games in the years from 2009 through 2013. That is the kind of results that big time college football programs achieve.
Head Coach Frank Solich, now in his eleventh year, has done well recruiting for his school’s football team and the players he has chosen have rewarded him by their performance on the gridiron.
Coach Solich and his squad have had many “good moments” for a small school program. In 2012, the Bobcats received an invitation to the Independence Bowl where they got the best of Louisiana Monroe University. In fact, they won that game by a score of 45-14.
In 2013, it was more of the same as Ohio University compiled a tidy 7-5 Won Loss record. The team’s performance in the Beef O’Bradys Bowl that year fell short as it was defeated by East Carolina University in a hard-fought contest.
The Bobcats got off to a fast start in the current college football season. This squad hit the road for their first game and beat the University of Idaho on September 3rd by a final score of 45-28.
The very next week, on September 12th, the Bobcats opened their home season by whipping Marshall University 21-10.
The team’s remaining home games offer several opportunities for wins. For example, the University of Ohio will host SE Louisiana University on September 19th (that is today), Miami of Ohio on October 10th, the University of Western Michigan on October 17th, Kent State University on November 10th and Ball State University on November 17th.
The team’s remaining road games have them visiting and playing the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota on September 26th, Akron University on October 3rd, the Buffalo Bulls on October 24th, Bowling Green University on November 4th and the University of Northern Illinois on November 24th.
If all goes as planned, this tough-minded, hard-playing squad will have a standout season and win lots of games. If play falters or fails to live up to expectations, the Bobcats may find themselves watching a bowl game on TV instead of participating in one.
It seems likely, however, that Coach Solich will keep his team hungry and motivated throughout the long season. The Bobcats will almost certainly win more than six games and, unlike what has happened in some years, this team will receive an invitation to a bowl game. It will certainly deserve it.
Courtesy of USA Today