Keys to the game
- This may not be the right game to have Jonathan Crompton practice his passing. The Ohio Bobcats' secondary appears to be an interception machine.
- Ohio's offense should be no match for Tennessee's defense, which should spend a great deal of time in the Bobcats' backfield on Saturday.
Schedule and Animated Drive Charts
|loss 16 - 23
|@ North Texas Eagles
|win 31 - 30
|Cal Poly-SLO Mustangs
|win 28 - 10
Wow. Lotso punts for Ohio against the Huskies, but somewhat surprisingly, Connecticut's defense is currently ranked 20th in the nation. Yet, the Huskies are not quite Monte Kiffin's defense, either, so you'd think that Ohio would have at least as much trouble scoring points against Tennessee. Figure 13 points or fewer.
Yikes, that's a lot of green. The Bobcats won this game despite getting out of the gate with two punts, a fumble, an interception, and another fumble. Why'd they go for two after the TD in the second overtime? Maybe because a roughing the passer penalty changed the post-TD field position from the three yard line to the two? I don't know. In any event, the two-point conversion was good, and it ended the game with the Bobcats up by one.
Well. Just like last week, the drive chart program has an unidentifiable opponent and simply defaults to the NCAA FCS logo. This time, it's Cal-Poly, but the relative weight of the text in each team's end zones is characteristically unbalanced. Note Cal Poly's second drive. That's right, two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the last two games for Ohio.
National Unit Rankings
Now on to the national rankings, with the caveat that Ohio has only played three games and really, what can we know after three games anyway?
Offense. Not so good. They're averaging just over 100 yards on the ground, just under 200 yards through the air, and right smack dab on 25 points per game. They're allowing a lot of sacks -- 2.67 per game -- and tackles for loss -- 5.67 per game.
Defense. Uh-oh. The Bobcats defense only averages one sack per game, but they're very good against the pass in spite of it (9th in PED and 8th in PD). Fortunately for the Vols, they're not so good against the run (110th). Who wants to carry the football?!
Special teams. Sortakinda average on punts and nothing special on either punt or kickoff returns.
Players to watch for
|Passing Efficiency (Min. 15 Att./Game)
|Receptions Per Game
|Receiving Yards Per Game
|Punting (Min. 3.6 Punts/Game)
|Punt Returns (Min. 1.2 Ret./Game)
|Kickoff Returns (Min. 1.2 Ret./Game)
|Tackles For Loss
Running backs. Nobody here to get too worked up about. Chris Garrett is tied for 97th in the nation, but he's only getting 56.33 yards per game.
Quarterbacks. Theo Scott appears to be a fairly efficient passer, ranked 49th in the nation. For the sake of comparison, Jonathan Crompton is 84th.
Receivers. Scott's favorite target appears to be Taylor Price, who's getting 82 yards per game.
Defense. Uh-oh. More Moore. Not UCLA's Rahim Moore, but Ohio's Gerald Moore, who's tied for 19th in the nation in interceptions with two. The Bobcats also have four other guys who have intercepted a pass and are therefore ranked nationally. No wonder their pass defense ranks 8th in the nation.
Also, watch out for linebackers Noah Keller and Lee Renfro. Keller's averaging 13 tackles per game and is ranked all the way up at 4th in the nation. Renfro isn't far behind with 10 per game and a rank of 23rd. For comparison's sake, Eric Berry is 90th with 8 per game.
Special teams. There doesn't appear to be anything special about Ohio's special teams.
- If the Vols had any notion of using this game to boost Jonathan Crompton's confidence by giving him practice reps throwing the ball, they might want to reconsider against a defense that is surprisingly ball-hawkish for the MAC. On the other hand, Tennessee should be able to run the ball fairly well, especially if they're able to get past LBs Keller and Renfro.
Monte's defense should spend a lot of time in the backfield and should have little trouble stopping the Bobcats from moving the ball.