The second game of the season (he said, hopefully) for the Eagles is against the Ohio Bobcats. The Mid-American Conference program went 7-6 last year with a bowl game win over Nevada. The team has been bowl eligible for ten straight seasons. This will likely be the Bobcats’ most difficult game of the year. Last season, Ohio faced off against another ACC program in Pittsburgh, falling 20-10 at Heinz Field.
After starting the year off with an ACC game in Syracuse, this should be a good game for BC to continue to shake off the inevitable rust that comes with this peculiar off-season. Ohio begins their season at home against a weak North Carolina Central team.
Players to watch for on the Ohio side include redshirt sophomore running back O’Shaan Allison, who ran for a team-high 869 yards last season. Senior defensive end Austin Conrad led the team in sacks with four as well. Both were named to the preseason All-Conference second team. Another running back to key in on is rising senior De’Montre Tuggle, who was recognized as one of PFF’s top 25 returning running backs. As a transfer last season, he produced the highest single-game rushing output of the season along with plenty of touchdown production for the Bobcats, and quickly ascended the depth chart. He’s a complete, shifty back that could be a handful. Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich has been at the helm for Ohio for 15 years, so the experience factor could always come into play.
Let’s create some fake narratives. If Phil Jurkovec does not receive a waiver, this game will be the perfect opportunity to assess the quarterback position. The next games on the docket are against Kansas (sad) and Purdue (also sad), followed by Clemson. The Ohio to Kansas to Purdue sequence seems right for slightly upping the competition each week (before Clemson). All in all, this game might not be a cake-walk, but anything short of a comfortable win will be concerning. It should allow the new staff to continue to tinker and make progress in the playbook.