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Ted Thompson
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  Message Not Read  Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/19/2019 9:48:50 AM 

Link: At Ohio, Frank Solich is better in his 70s than he was in his 60s


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/19/2019 10:35:05 AM 
He talks about the recruits on the offensive side of the ball but doesn't mention the monster that is Denzel Daxon. Burton and Aronokhale are two other 3 star guys that worst case will get their 4 games in and still red shirt. I'm not all too worried about the D Line.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/19/2019 2:58:55 PM 
"This is Ohio. There’s always a what-if. Ohio used to win the East and then rue missed chances in the conference title games. Now the Bobcats play at the highest level in the division but lose the one game they can’t afford to drop.

This is all still preferable to what came before, though. Solich took over a desolate program in 2005, slowly improved the Bobcats’ depth, made a few bowls, and peaked with a 10-win, 60th-in-S&P+ performance in 2011."

Bill C. summed up the last dozen years pretty well in two paragraphs.

Last Edited: 2/19/2019 2:59:11 PM by Brian Smith


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/19/2019 3:02:15 PM 
Brian Smith wrote:
"This is Ohio. There’s always a what-if. Ohio used to win the East and then rue missed chances in the conference title games. Now the Bobcats play at the highest level in the division but lose the one game they can’t afford to drop.

This is all still preferable to what came before, though. Solich took over a desolate program in 2005, slowly improved the Bobcats’ depth, made a few bowls, and peaked with a 10-win, 60th-in-S&P+ performance in 2011."

Bill C. summed up the last dozen years pretty well in two paragraphs.


Agreed. I always hold out hope that they will put it all together next year. Here's hoping that is 2019!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/20/2019 5:12:24 PM 
A little help please. Comparing preview with ohiobobcats.com. Re: Jeremiah Wood. Preview has #19 projected as a RSFr. with no stats. ohiobobcat.com reports Wood participating in 8 games with 5 tackles. I am assuming Ohio Football provided all data to the preview. I was hoping Wood might have been held out of enough games that he might be the RSFr. reflected in the preview. If he in fact played in 8 games he will be a SO. Looks like the preview has at least this bit as misinformation.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/20/2019 6:37:48 PM 
With Freshmen now able to play 4 games without losing eligibility, I suspect that media are having a difficult time knowing exactly who got a redshirt, and who didn't. It will all sort out by fall, when the Rosters come out.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/21/2019 9:15:01 AM 
This preview appears well researched. I'll be interested to see what Phil's preview says. I'll also like to see what L.C. thinks about this years squad.
Bill calls out the tight end position with our newcomers. This is definitely a position we could make better use of for passing purposes.
If this years freshman class is as good as the rating people say then we will probably see some of these players getting some PT.
There is no doubt that we have some big shoes to fill on the offense; in the back field, receiver corp, and O-line. I believe that the D will be better this year than last.
The other aspect of last years team that made a statement was how the team reacted to the Miami loss. They did not fold like in 2017. We won the 3 remaining games, including Buffalo, and by big margins. That showed me that they have grown as a team to be able to over come adversity and disappointment.




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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/21/2019 2:38:42 PM 
Bill C always brings good content. His previews are my favorite in all of college football. Once you understand the numbers, he's pretty spot on.



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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/22/2019 4:45:37 PM 
71 BOBCAT wrote:
This preview appears well researched. I'll be interested to see what Phil's preview says. I'll also like to see what L.C. thinks about this years squad.
Bill calls out the tight end position with our newcomers. This is definitely a position we could make better use of for passing purposes.
If this years freshman class is as good as the rating people say then we will probably see some of these players getting some PT.
There is no doubt that we have some big shoes to fill on the offense; in the back field, receiver corp, and O-line. I believe that the D will be better this year than last.
The other aspect of last years team that made a statement was how the team reacted to the Miami loss. They did not fold like in 2017. We won the 3 remaining games, including Buffalo, and by big margins. That showed me that they have grown as a team to be able to over come adversity and disappointment.




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My expectation is an Ohio MACC, and not only that, a dominating MACC, however, there are some question marks, notably the losses of two coaches. The MACC is dependent on a smooth transition to new coaches. That has generally happened in the past, however.

Yes, Ohio loses a lot on Offense, but the depth last year was very good, and the backups got a lot of playing time due to the wide margins of victory, so I expect the newcomers to step in and be ready to play. The offense was especially hard hit, but the key, Rourke, returns, and there are multiple running backs competing for the starting RB job. Honestly, I have no clue who will earn the job, but there are at least 4 that have the potential to do the job, Ross, Allison, Tuggle, and Wilbon. The WR lose Meyer and White, but I have confidence in Buckner and Cox to continue to bring explosive plays. The defense returns excellent depth across the board, and should be a strong point.

All that said, the other top teams in the MAC mostly look to be having an off year next year. Buffalo, who would have been Ohio's key threat, was hit heavily by transfers. Miami, Ohio's other threat, lost their QB, and also will have to come to Athens this time. Meanwhile, the West appears to be heading towards increased parity. I expect NIU Toledo, and EMU to all be a shade worse next year, while WMU, Ball State, and CMU all improve.

In the end, I see Ohio at close to last year's level, while the other top teams (Toledo, NIU, EMU, Miami, and Buffalo) all regress, some more than others, which should leave Ohio alone at the top.

Last Edited: 2/22/2019 4:49:32 PM by L.C.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Bill Connelly's Ohio Preview
   Posted: 2/22/2019 4:53:45 PM 
Brian Smith wrote:
"This is Ohio. There’s always a what-if. Ohio used to win the East and then rue missed chances in the conference title games. Now the Bobcats play at the highest level in the division but lose the one game they can’t afford to drop.

This is all still preferable to what came before, though. Solich took over a desolate program in 2005, slowly improved the Bobcats’ depth, made a few bowls, and peaked with a 10-win, 60th-in-S&P+ performance in 2011."

Bill C. summed up the last dozen years pretty well in two paragraphs.


And here's the irony ...

This is from his 2018 preview

"It still ended with a what-if, though. That’s not Solich’s first. You have to be a pretty good coach to come up with such a long list of what-could’ve-been games, but while lesser Bobcat teams slipped up in the MAC title game, the best Solich team stumbled before that."

... and from his 2017 preview

"Ohio’s job in the MAC has been to play the role of “gritty big-game opponent that Team A finally overcomes in the fourth quarter.” The Bobcats do it in MAC title games, and they do it in bowls — they gave 10-win Troy fits before falling by five in 2016, did the same to 11-win Appalachian State in 2015, and led a 10-win ECU in the fourth quarter in 2013 before losing by 17.

This is a fine life. Compared to Ohio’s pre-Solich existence, it’s a great life. Ohio is the steady Good Guy, the Bill Pullman-in-Sleepless in Seattle who loses to the leap of faith."
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