The Ohio Bobcats, a team that has its sites on making the MAC title game this year, open up their season on the road against the Idaho Vandals on Thursday in Moscow, Idaho. Ohio finished 6-6 last season - good for third in the MAC East - with one of their wins coming at home against Idaho.
Oho does bring back a number of key performers from last year. For starters, running back A.J. Ouellette returns and figures to be the cornerstone of Ohio's offensive attack. On defense, a number of standouts - defensive end Tarell Basham, linebacker Quentin Poling and linebacker Jovon Johnson, for starters - return and likely will need to have big years if Ohio is going to be as good as they hope.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: The game is this Thursday, September 3. Kick off is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.
Location: Ohio opens up its season on the road in Moscow, Idaho at the ASUI-Kibbie Dome in Moscow.
Radio: All Ohio football games are on the IMG Radio Network. Click here for info or listen to the game via ohiobobcats.com
Online streaming: The game will be playing on ESPN 3. Click here to watch.
Players to Watch
A.J. Ouellette (RB, Ohio) - Ouellette is Ohio's most important offensive player and the undisputed starter in a backfield that features six backs worthy of time. His play will be key if Ohio is going to improve on offense this year.
Quentin Poling (LB, Ohio) - Poling was a breakout star last year and first burst onto the scene with big second half interception against Idaho. He is also at the center of Ohio's very good linebacking core, a unit that may be the best in the MAC.
Derrius Vick (QB, Ohio) - Vick will be Ohio's starter, but he won't be the only quarterback to play. Vick, however, will get a chance to be the steadying hand Ohio needs. A capable passer and running, Vick was hurt against Idaho last year and never really recovered.
Ian Wells (CB, Ohio) - Wells is Ohio's best corner and will be tasked with marking the oppositions best receivers week after week. Look for him to nab a pick or two in week one.
Matt Linehan (QB, Idaho) - Linehan showed flashes of last season, but throw seven more interceptions than touchdowns. If he struggles, look for Idaho coach Paul Petrino to pull Lineman and insert redshirt freshman Jake Luton at quarterback.
Quentin Bradley (DL, Idaho) - Bradley is the best player of Idaho's defensive line and Ohio will need to stop him in order to give Vick enough time to throw. Bradley is very good at penetrating the backfield and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The good news for Ohio is that their offensive line should be much better this year.