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.
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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.

Cover Image Credit: @ohioecampus on Instagram

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

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Dear FSU Football, I Still Love You

2018 hasn't been our best season, but that's okay.

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For anyone who has tuned into any form of college football this year, it is obvious that Florida State isn't at its peak. Though we don't have the best record, there's no arguing that we don't have the talent. With a completely new coaching staff, this year has been all about adjusting. Boys- you're doing great. You all got recruited to Florida State University for a reason. We are all rooting for you, and I know that you have the potential to be GREAT.

We might not have a winning record this year, and that's okay. As I said, this year is about learning to grow together and find your identity as a team. As I look over the season so far, I can see clearly that we have the talent. Every single game, win or lose, we have high points. You boys showcase your talent, but without consistency. The moment you learn to work as a unit and fight together, you will be unstoppable.

I believe FSU showed their full potential during the first half of the Miami game. They started off strong, finishing the first half 21-7. However, when the second half started, they lost momentum which cost them the game. I believe that if they learned to play the way they did during the first half, consistently, the team would be unstoppable.

Our offense is strong individually but faces problems working together. There's no doubt each player has the size and talent to be successful. Our Defense is just as talented. However, when you put all the pieces together, there have been a lot of missed assignments (MA's). Working with a new coaching staff can be difficult, so between the staff and the players, everyone needs to work to find their groove.

Coach Willie Taggart came into this season facing difficulties. The first, and most prominent, challenge is that he is working with a new team. The majority of the team was recruited by Jimbo Fisher. Fisher recruited players that played to his strengths as a coach. He knew how to run the field, and found players that would execute his plays to his standard. With Taggart coming into a new team, he has players that do not play to his strategy. Between the coaching staff, and players, everyone is working to figure out each other this season.

We also have a young team this year. For many players, this is their first year starting on the team. As one of the schools with the most active players in the NFL, it is not surprised we've lost a lot of great talent to the draft. Within the last 2 years, 10 of our most valuable players have been drafted into the league. That's great, don't get me wrong, but it takes time to grow to that level. I have no doubt that we will have players be drafted again this year. We always have the talent, it's just about being executed.

We just need two more wins. That's it. The only goal in mind should be to go to a bowl game. I understand this will be difficult. You boys are facing some powerful teams. Out of the 3 games left this season, all 3 teams are ranked in the top 25. Notre Dame #3, Boston College #17, and Florida #15. I believe we can do this. Don't let these teams intimidate you. We have the longest bowl game attendance streak in the history of all college football. You can't let this season ruin you. Show them who you are boys.

For all you FSU fans out there that haven't given up on our boys yet, it isn't time to throw in the towel. They need your support now, more than ever. We have some tough teams left to play, but we know how talented our team is. I am proud to be a Seminole, and always will be. Win or lose, this is my team. We will all be rooting for you the next few weeks.

As always, GO NOLES! F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E

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