Before I fully start researching the Ohio Bobcats...here's what I know
- They lead the nation in takeaways at 23
- Offensively, they are running the ball effectively while using the pistol formation.
- The offensive line is physical and playing well. They are a diverse line that can play physical and also run well while doing some pulling/trapping.
- They have improved their team speed in recruiting.
- They also have solid special teams. They have blocked three punts on the season and prior to the Miami game had scored a TD on special teams in three consecutive games. They blocked a punt against Miami that went out of bounds at the MU 5 yard line.
- RB Chris Garrett should be fine to play this week from injury. He will practice early in the week to see where he is at. If not, Harden is a solid back.
- The offensive line has gone 5 games in a row without giving up a sack.
- Part of that is due in part to a very mobile QB in Theo Scott who is playing at a very high level.
- The WR'S are deep and talented and do a good job of blocking.
- WR Terrance McCrae is big (6-4, 203) and athletic with 15 catches for 247 yds and 4 td's. He turned down an offer from Duquesne to play basketball.
- LB Noah Keller leads the defense.
- OU has several injuries and players out for the season that has really tested their depth.
Ohio leads the all time series 38-21-2.
Ohio leads in Athens 17-12-1.
KSU has won 3 of the last 4 in Athens.
Since 1987, KSU has started MAC play 2-1 or better only three times (2003, 2006, 2009).
Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer has a note about KSU football in his latest blog entry.
Steady and focused: That could well sum up Kent State this week, as the Golden Flashes are still in the midst of the East Division race as the leaves are falling from the trees. "I don't know how many times Kent State football has been hanging around at the end of October," head coach Doug Martin quipped Monday. Kent (3-4, 2-1) has a shot at staying in the title picture if it can pull off a road upset this week at Ohio (5-2, 3-0). "It's not going to make our season if we win it," Martin said, surely aware a final stretch against Western Michigan, Akron, Temple and Buffalo still await. But a loss could effectively put Kent's title hopes in jeopardy and erase just about any shot at a bowl-eligible season.