It's Time To Take Ohio Football Seriously

It's Time To Take Ohio Football Seriously

This team could be the championship team we've waited for.

As we come to the home stretch in the 2017 football regular season, it is time for Ohio University students to get excited and more involved with this year’s football team. This season, the Ohio Bobcats came into the season projected to win the Mid-American Conference East Division title and return back to Detroit to have another shot at the MAC Championship that has eluded the Bobcats for decades.

When head coach Frank Solich took over back in 2005, many thought the program would get back to being one of the best teams in the conference, and to this point, it has. Since Solich took over, the Bobcats are 95-69 and have been bowl eligible in 10 of the past 11 seasons. Despite the victories and numerous bowl games, one thing is still left to be accomplished by Solich in his Ohio tenure. Winning a MAC Championship.

The Bobcats came within a touchdown from winning the MAC Championships a season ago, but ultimately were defeated by the 17th ranked Western Michigan Broncos 29-23. Ohio had a shot at the end with the ball and less than two-minutes remaining in regulation, but threw a game ending interception with 51 seconds left.

Leading us into this season, the focus of the Bobcats was on the offense and how well it can function behind sophomore quarterback Quinton Maxwell and the loss of top receiver Elijah Ball for the season due to injury. However, after beating Hampton 59-0 in the first game of the year and then losing to Purdue the following week 44-21, the Bobcats decided to take shot at a new quarterback and have not looked back since.

In week three against Kansas, the Bobcats named sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke the starter for the game and to this point has wowed us all with his play. Since Rourke took over the starting job, the Bobcats are averaging 41.6 points, over 440 yard per game and most importantly, a 6-1 record. Rourke is also second in the nation with 16 rushing scores and T-3rd in the nation with 29 total touchdowns.

Thanks to the combination of Rourke and running back A.J. Oullette, the Bobcats have one of the most dynamic run games in the country averaging 232 yards per game on the ground. Easy to say, the Bobcats are a ground and pound team and have presented it throughout the season.

Overall, the Bobcats stand at a 7-2 overall record with a 4-1 conference record heading into the big matchup with Toledo in what will most likely be a MAC Championship preview. It may be the last home game of the season, but I suggest the school start to pay attention for the final two regular season games because this team has all the intangibles to end the 49-year conference championship drought.

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Top 10 Football Teams Of The 2017-2018 Season

All hail the chiefs!

This week lets recap the season and look at the best teams in the NFL. This year, one lucky contender proved all the haters wrong and had an amazing season. A perfect one, in fact. This is my personal list of top teams this year, so let's take a look!

10. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

You guys were doing so well with only one disappointment of a game and managing to keep pace with the vaunted Cleveland Browns, and then you had to trade for Jimmy Garappolo. This disappointment lead you guys to win 5 games in a row. Five! And then you go and sign him to a five year contract worth over 135 million dollars? What the heck is wrong with you guys?

9. Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Well, you've certainly come a long way from the days of being a 14-0 team, or even since since the Dan Marino days. Keep it up, and one day you could be just like the Giants, or even the Browns!

8. New York Jets (5-11)

Ah, yes. This team gave birth to the butt-fumble, one of Football's most iconic plays. Though this season wasn't quite as spectacular as that one, you've definitely kept with that tradition. Keep up the (good) work!

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)

You guys were trying to relive your glory days, weren't you? Unfortunately, the legendary exploit of your former selves. going through a 26 game losing streak is behind you.

6. Denver Broncos (5-11)

In two years you guys have gone from Superbowl champions, the lowest of the low, to 5-11 people who couldn't find the end zone with a map, a flashlight, and written instructions. Bravo!

5. Chicago Bears (5-11)

Even your new QB was only good enough to net you fifth place. Not only are you bad at being bad, but you're bad at being good, too.

4. Houston Texans (4-12)

You guys are still around? It's days like this that made me wish we still had the Houston Oilers.

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12)

After placing third on this list, the Colts have not only lost the race for best, but you've also lost your head coach and the one that was supposed to replace him. In this offseason, you guys are the real losers.

2. New York Giants (3-13)

It's a pity that your coach, Ben Macadoodle (Macaroni? McDonald's?) got sacked. He was doing so well too. I guess that what they say is true: second place is really the first loser.

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16)

Congratulations! You've done it! You now have the distinction of being the second team to have a perfect 16 game season, after the Detroit Lions (Who don't appear to be on this list. Oh how the mighty fall.) May your achievements live in infamy for as long as those who remember it!

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The Patriots Run May Be Ending

Other teams in the AFC are on the rise, as the Patriots look to be going downhill.

The result of the Super Bowl last Sunday was much of America’s dream come true. The New England Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in an exciting, high-scoring game.

A big question now is, was that Super Bowl loss the beginning of the end for the New England Patriots? I still think the Patriots will win their division because the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins do not provide too scary of a matchup for them.

However, I am not sure they will be the #1 or even the #2 seed out of the AFC like they have been since the 2010 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans are on the rise, and the Steelers are always right there in terms of beating the Patriots. All three of these teams, when healthy can challenge the Pats for that top seed I believe.

Not only is the AFC finally getting some better competition as an entire conference, but the Patriots are starting to lose pieces they have had during this long run.

Former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was with the team since the 2004 season, just signed to be the head coach of the Detroit Lions. There has also been a lot of rumors that the Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has been with the team in one form or another for 12 seasons, might leave to be a head coach somewhere.He turned down the opportunity to be the Indianapolis Colts head coach, which many believe is to eventually take over the Patriots job.

If McDaniels does, in fact, go somewhere to be a head coach, they would be losing both coordinators who know the way the team does things extremely well. Many of the players have only worked with these coaches and know their style and how to talk with them, something they would have to re-learn with new coaches.

Another problem brewing within the organization is the whole situation between owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and start quarterback Tom Brady. Winning cures a lot of drama, but coming off of this Super Bowl and a long off-season ahead, it will be interesting to see if that comes back up.

Lastly, star tight-end Rob Gronkowski said he is going to take a serious look at his career and future. He has sustained many serious back injuries and concussions, that may force him to retire early.

Brady’s numbers are much better with Gronkowski on the field. Gronk causes matchup issues that virtually no defense has been able to solve, but if he has to retire, he will leave huge shoes to fill for that Pats offense.

All of this being said, as long as the New England Patriots still have Belichick and Brady, they will be a contender because those two just know how to win. Along with the AFC becoming more competitive, these losses and changes could decrease their dominance of not only the AFC, but the entire National Football League.

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