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DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peden Stadium (24,000) -- Athens, Ohio. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Miami-Ohio 0-3, Ohio U 3-1. Away Record: Miami-Ohio 0-4, Ohio U 2-1. Neutral Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, Ohio U 0-0. Conference Record: Miami-Ohio 0-3, Ohio U 2-1. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 52-35-2.
GAME NOTES: Two Mid-American Conference foes heading in opposite directions are set to square off on Saturday afternoon, as the Ohio University Bobcats play host to the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.
There hasn't been much to cheer about this season if your a fan of the RedHawks, as they sit at 0-7 overall, one of just seven teams left in the FBS that has yet to record a victory. Miami continued its streak of futility last Saturday with a 24-17 home loss to Akron, giving it 11 straight defeats dating back to the end of the 2012 campaign.
On the other hand, Ohio has played well this season at 5-2, and at 2-1 in league play, it is just a game behind Bowling Green and Buffalo for first place in the MAC East Division standings. The Bobcats traveled to Ypsilanti last weekend and came away with a convincing 56-28 win over Eastern Michigan, and they have now outscored their opponents 163-54 in the last four games.
The RedHawks hosted Ohio last October when the Bobcats were nationally-ranked, and came away with an impressive 23-20 victory to take a 52-35-2 lead in the all-time series.
Miami's woes this season come as little surprise when analyzing its lackluster offense, which ranks 122nd out of 123 qualifying FBS teams in both scoring (10.1 ppg) and yardage (226.4 ypg).
Austin Boucher has struggled all season long under center. He throws for only 130.9 ypg, completes less than 49 percent of his pass attempts, and has more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six). Austin Gearing (3-of-7, 17 yards) also sees plenty of snaps -- he is the team's leading rusher with 260 yards -- and if the RedHawks continue to disappoint he could be in line for even more work.
Spencer Treadwell is the most utilized tailback, but he has gained just 113 yards on 36 carries. Wide receiver Dawan Scott actually has more rushing yards (125) on 20 fewer attempts.
Scott is one of the few bright spots on the team. He has been able to muster a few big plays with 253 receiving yards and a touchdown on just 14 receptions.
Considering the stagnant nature of the offense doesn't do it any favors, the defense for the RedHawks has actually performed admirably, ranking ninth in the MAC in allowing 31.3 ppg. The unit has managed to force 13 turnovers through seven games.
Kent Kern has pieced together an impressive season at linebacker with 66 tackles and 4.0 TFL. Chris Wade (48 tackles) has 6.0 TFL and a pair of fumble recoveries, while Heath Hardin has two of the team's eight interceptions.
Ohio resides near the other end of the spectrum in terms of offensive production, as it ranks fifth in the MAC in yardage (413.1 ypg) and third in scoring (32.6 ppg), while posting a league-high third-down conversion rate of 49.5 percent.
The Bobcats are led by quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who completes nearly 68 percent of his passes for 1,723 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. The signal caller is fresh off the best performance of his career, throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns in last week's win over EMU.
Tettleton is fortunate enough to have a pair of trusty receivers to throw to. Donte Foster is the primary option with 42 receptions for 596 yards and three touchdowns, while Chase Cochran is one of the nation's best deep threats with 557 yards and three scores on just 25 catches. Cochran's 22.3 yards per reception is fourth-best in the nation among receivers with at least 20 grabs.
Ohio boasts a solid rushing attack as well, with Beau Blankenship (378 yards) and Ryan Boykin (312 yards) splitting the work load. While the duo collectively averages just 3.9 yards per carry, they have combined for nine touchdowns.
In addition to their potent offense, the Bobcats also have one of the MAC's best defenses, ranking second in the conference in allowing just 22.6 ppg while generating 15 takeaways.
The ball-hawking secondary is led by Xavier Hughes with three interceptions, while Thad Ingol and Devin Bass have also been active with two picks apiece. Josh Kristoff has a team-high 46 tackles. Ty Branz (5.5 sacks) and Tarell Basham (5.0 sacks) have generated one of the strongest pass rushes in the league, but Branz is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury last week.
Nothing has gone right for the RedHawks this season, and little is expected to change moving forward, particularly this week on the road. The Bobcats have been notching some blowout wins in recent weeks, and another one is likely this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio University 41, Miami-Ohio 13
10/23 10:37:31 ET
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