"Muck Fiami" t-shirts are sold in uptown Athens 12-months out of the year, a play on words for Ohio University students feelings about their arch rivals from Oxford, Ohio. The feeling is mutual. The two schools founded on the bricks, well...genuinely don't like one another.
This weekend the sentiments will be ramped up a bit, as Ohio University welcomes Miami into town on Halloween of all weekends. Which means plenty of candy corn, a variety of wacky (and let's face it, cliche and tacky costumes) and a special installment of the Battle of the Bricks. It marks the 90th year these two teams have met on the gridiron, in a rivalry dating back to 1905. Ohio has even went and made some special rivalry themed uniforms just for this weekend.
When the two teams take the field Saturday, much of the luster won't be there. Sure, Ohio will be as fired up as ever to exact revenge on a team that ended its hopes of an undefeated season a year ago. But, the Bobcats are facing a Miami team far from its prime. The RedHawks defense is struggling, allowing 31.3 points-per-game; the offense is 125th in the nation in points-per-game, and the team is barely averaging over 230 yards-per-game. On top of all of the on the field struggles for the RedHawks this season, their on to their second coach of the year as Mike Bath was assigned the difficult task of trying to stop the flood gates after head coach Don Treadwell and offensive coordinator John Klacik were axed a few weeks back.
In the quest to replace Miami legend Zac Dysert at quarterback, senior Austin Boucher has struggled. It's not exactly his fault. There aren't many weapons around him. The team's leading rusher is freshman backup quarterback Austin Gearing with 260 yards for the season; the next closest player has more than 100-yards less.
And lest we not forget that Miami has not won a game yet this season. Not against Akron. Not against UMass. I REPEAT not against UMASS.
The game is set for Saturday at 2 p.m., and can be streamed on ESPN3.
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