2018 Ohio Bobcats Football Team
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2018 Ohio Bobcats Football Team
2018 Ohio Bobcats football
Ohio Bobcats wordmark.svg
Frisco Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2018 record9-4 (6-2 MAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTim Albin (14th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorJim Burrow (14th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorRon Collins (2nd season)
Home stadiumPeden Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Buffalo x   7 1         10 4  
Miami   6 2         6 6  
Ohio   6 2         9 4  
Akron   2 6         4 8  
Bowling Green   2 6         3 9  
Kent State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Northern Illinois x$   6 2         8 6  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Eastern Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Toledo   5 3         7 6  
Ball State   3 5         4 8  
Central Michigan   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Northern Illinois 30, Buffalo 29
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

The 2018 Ohio Bobcats football team represented Ohio University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by 14th-year head coach Frank Solich and played their home games at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio as members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 9-4, 6-2 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the East division. They were invited to the Frisco Bowl where they defeated San Diego State.

Previous season

The Bobcats finished the 2017 season 9-4, 5-3 in MAC play to finish in second play in the East Division. They received an invitation to the Bahamas Bowl where they defeated UAB.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[1] Nathan Rourke QB JR
Jim Thorpe Award[2] Javon Hagan S JR
Outland Trophy[3] Joe Lowery OL SR
Lou Groza Award[4] Louis Zervos K JR
Manning Award[5] Nathan Rourke QB JR

Preseason media poll

The MAC released their preseason media poll on July 24, 2018, with the Bobcats predicted to finish as champions of the East Division.[6]

East Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Ohio 140 (21)
2 Buffalo 112 (1)
3 Miami 95 (2)
4 Akron 74
5 Bowling Green 58
6 Kent State 25

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:00 p.m.Howard*ESPN+W 38-3218,275
September 154:15 p.m.vs. Virginia*ESPN2L 31-455,438
September 2212:00 p.m.at Cincinnati*ESPNUL 30-3435,220
September 292:00 p.m.UMass*
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN3W 58-4219,056
October 63:30 p.m.at Kent StateESPN+W 27-2620,026
October 133:30 p.m.at Northern IllinoisESPN+L 21-2412,138
October 202:00 p.m.Bowling Greendagger
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN3W 49-1419,492
October 257:00 p.m.Ball State
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
CBSSNW 52-1413,774
November 17:00 p.m.at Western MichiganESPNUW 59-1411,935
November 77:00 p.m.at Miami (OH)ESPNUL 28-3015,975
November 147:00 p.m.Buffalo
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN2W 52-1713,839
November 2312:00 p.m.Akron
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
CBSSNW 49-2812,938
December 198:00 p.m.vs. San Diego State*ESPNW 27-011,029
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
  1. ^ Moved from Scott Stadium in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

Source:[7]

Game summaries

Howard

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 10 12 7 3 32
Bobcats 3 14 14 7 38

vs Virginia

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 14 7 3 31
Cavaliers 21 17 0 7 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-2 1993 UVA, 41-7

at Cincinnati

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 14 10 3 3 30
Bearcats 0 7 14 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
23-24-3 1981 CINCI, 19-9

UMass

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 21 7 7 7 42
Bobcats 14 21 17 6 58

at Kent State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 0 7 13 27
Golden Flashes 14 3 6 3 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
42-26-2 2017 OHIO, 48-3

at Northern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 7 14 0 21
Huskies 3 6 0 15 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
10-11 2015 OHIO, 26-21

Bowling Green

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 7 0 0 14
Bobcats 14 21 7 7 49

Ball State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 0 7 14
Bobcats 0 31 21 0 52

at Western Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 21 24 7 7 59
Broncos 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
28-33-1 2016 WMU, 29-23

at Miami (OH)

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 0 7 14 28
RedHawks 7 21 0 2 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
40-51-2 2017 OHIO, 45-28

Buffalo

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 3 0 7 17
Bobcats 14 17 14 7 52

Akron

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 0 7 7 14 28
Bobcats 21 7 7 14 49

vs. San Diego State (Frisco Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
Aztecs 0 0 0 0 0
Bobcats 3 14 3 7 27

References

  1. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Names 2018 Preseason Watchlist". July 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Manning Award: See which quarterbacks made the preseason watch list for 2018". August 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ http://getsomemaction.com/news/2018/7/23/niu-ohio-picked-as-divisional-winners-in-2018-mac-football-media-preseason-poll.aspx
  7. ^ "2018 Ohio Bobcats Football Schedule | Bobcats | FBSchedules.com". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved 2018.



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