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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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Your Comprehensive Guide To The Dos And Don'ts Of Death Valley Saturday Nights

A simple survival guide of how to make it through game days at Louisiana State University.


There is absolutely nothing like an LSU game day, the excitement and thrill of Death Valley are like no other. Whether it's the food you eat while tailgating or the time you spend with your friends, you are guaranteed a good time if there is a home game. But if you are like me, where you haven't grown up going to LSU games and been raised a Tiger fan, you are definitely going to need a few tips to survive and thrive on game days.

Here are the dos and don'ts of Saturday Nights in Death Valley.

1. DO take advantage of tailgating food

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I believe this is one way LSU differs from ANY other school. You don't have to know anyone who tailgates in order to get food! Tiger fans are so proud of their cooking and very eager to share with anyone who would like to try it.

So my advice would be to walk around campus, introduce yourself, and make some friends!

2. DON'T pregame too hard... Instead, hydrate!

This is definitely one of the most important tips I have to offer. Pacing yourself with both food and alcohol while mixing in some bottles of water is a for-sure way of having a great game day! Just remember it's a marathon, not a sprint. You do NOT want to be the one in the stands throwing up or passed out before kick off.

3. DO stick with your game day squad

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Your group should consist of at least two smart, responsible people, or the mom friend as I call it! Definitely make sure your crazy friends don't outnumber the mom friends because we all know how that can be. This group should have a group text to constantly send updates throughout the day. You should also use find my friends with your friends! This is the perfect solution in case you lose a friend, can't hear them on the phone, or if they aren't answering.

SEE ALSO: 95 Thoughts Every LSU Girl Has On Game Day

4. DON'T expect easy parking

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Honestly, it is probably for the best if you didn't drive or bring your car to campus at all on game days. It is almost impossible to find a legal parking spot, there is security always waiting to tow or give someone a ticket, and there are so many roads blocked off it makes getting to your destination very difficult. So if you're living off campus, maybe stay with a friend who is living on campus the night before. If you are living on campus, definitely don't move your car!

5. DO make sure your phone is charged at ALL times

Your phone basically has your whole life on it. This is your key to knowing where you are going, where your friends are, and other important information to surviving your game day. My advice would be when you leave to go tailgate, make sure your phone is at 100%!

I would also carry a portable charger if possible. You tend to use your phone a lot on game days. Whether it's finding your family's tailgate spot or keeping up with your crazy friend, you need your phone to communicate! A portable charger is a great back up plan to keeping your game day running smoothly.

6. DON'T wear uncomfortable shoes

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I'm not saying you should totally forget about fashion, but LSU is a huge campus. Be cute and practical! A bad shoe decision can destroy an entire game day. If you combine drinking and bad shoes, this could be a mess and your chances of even making it to the game are at risk.

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