Ohio Bobcats Crashing the BCS? Keep Dreaming

“Bobcat Nation” was fired up when this article proclaiming the Ohio football team as the second most likely mid-major to crash the BCS was released on Yahoo!

It seems to be an exciting proposition, but Ohio fans shouldn’t get there hopes up. It won’t happen in a million years.

Yes, the team has a stellar quarterback in Tyler Tettleton, and returns more starters than any team in the MAC, but there are still many forces that will keep it from happening.

Back in spring ball, head coach Frank Solich was constantly disappointed by the play of the wide receiver unit, which is struggling to find their footing after losing Lavon Brazill and Riley Dunlop. There is lots of talent currently with that squad, however they aren’t quite polished yet which should test the offense, especially early in the season. Ohio’s defense is also searching for an answer after losing Noah Keller following the 2011 season.

Ohio’s only game against a team from a BCS conference comes during Week 1 against Penn State, which couldn’t come at a worse time. It will be a challenge for the Bobcats to come out strong against a very talented team with so many unknowns as the season begins. Move this game to later in the season, and I’d be much more confident in Ohio’s chance to pull the upset.

Even if Ohio finds a way to beat Penn State, the rest of the schedule is so lackluster that a 12-0 season would barely register on the computers. College football guru Phil Steele has Ohio’s schedule for 2012 ranked as the easiest in all of the FCS. Until Ohio beefs up the non-conference portion of their schedule (which is easier said than done) they will never get a shot at the BCS.

Ohio football is looking at yet another great team in 2012. They will be the favorites to win the MAC, and another 10-win season including a bowl win is very possible.

But when it comes to the chances that Ohio will crash the BCS, Bobcat fans need to keep dreaming.


About suhlmann12
journalism student at Ohio University. Huge fan of Pittsburgh sports teams

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