2012 Ohio University Bobcats Football Preview
2011 Record: 10-4 (6-2 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Frank Solich, eighth season (50-40 at Ohio) (108-59 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 15
Spring Game: April 21st (White 16 Green 7)
Notes: As the dean of MAC coaches (Western Michigan’s Bill Cubit will also be entering his eighth season as coach), Coach Solich has become a fixture in the conference. His first four seasons resulted in one bowl game. But the last three years have been much more successful, with three bowl appearances and two division titles. The Bobcats won their first ever bowl game. Despite that, the Bobcats have underachieved a bit, failing to win a conference title under Solich.
BVTSB Take: Heading into the 2011 season, Ohio University had one of the easiest strength of schedules, playing New Mexico State, Gardner-Webb, Marshall, and Rutgers in non-conference. The Bobcats also played two of the worst MAC West teams – Ball State and Central Michigan. Things get tougher in 2012, with Ohio playing road games against Penn State and an improved Marshall team. They host New Mexico State and Norfolk State. As a traditionally slow starting team, don’t be surprised to see the Bobcats split their first four games, despite the fact they have the players to win all four. A soft opening to the conference schedule – Massachusetts, Buffalo, and Akron – should put Ohio in great shape for a MAC East title run. But pitfalls exist in road games against Miami, Ball State, and Kent State, as well as home games against upstart Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green. Quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who passed for over 3000 yards in 2011, returns, as does the third leading receiver, Donte Foster. But Ohio has to replace a starting running back and the top two wide receivers, who accounted for 49.8% of the Bobcats’ receiving yards. We like the talent Ohio University has, but the schedule is a bit tougher and they seemingly tend to lose to a team they should beat each year.
2012 Early Projection: 7-5
To see the 2012 MAC composite schedule, click here.
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