The Ohio Bobcats (2-2, 1-0) are looking to string together a couple of victories when the Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-3) come into Athens today.
A.J. Ouellette and Ohio will certainly be looking for another good game on the ground, especially after the true freshmen running back went for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a win versus the Idaho Vandals a week ago.
But, Ohio did lose their new signal caller when redshirt junior Derrius Vick went down with a serious knee injury in last Saturday's game. That means the starting job will fall to RS sophomore J.D. Sprague who finished last week's victory with 165 yards on 8-of-13 passing. Ohio will also be looking to get off to another fast start in today's game, as the Bobcats took a 17-0 lead before Idaho even got on the scoreboard in the Bobcat 'W'.
In four games this season, Eastern Illinois has fell significantly from their winning ways under former EIU coach and current Bowling Green head man Dino Babers to sit at just 1-3 on the early season. The defending FCS quarter-finalist and OVC champions have been badly affected the loss of record-breaking quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who graduated after last season.
Before wrecking FCS-bottom feeder Austin Peay 63-7 a week ago, Eastern had given up at least 34 points in each of its' first three games, which were all losses. If EIU is to have any chance when they storm into Peden Stadium, they will need the same kind of performance from dual-threat quarterback Jalen Whitlow that they received a week ago. Whitlow finished 13-for-15 for a total of 159 yards through the air, while also adding 137 yards on just 15 carries in the victory versus the win-less Governors, who have lost every one of their games by at least 36 points this season.
This is the first every meeting between the two schools.
WHEN: September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
STREAMING: The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app, which is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android products.
RADIO: Ohio fans can hear the match-up on the Ohio IMG Radio Network, played on affiliate stations across the state and on several West Virginia stations as well. You can find the full list of affiliate stations here.