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Ohio Bobcats Look to Build on Breakout Season

The University of Ohio Bobcats aren’t the most famous football team in the Buckeye state. However, they showed last season that they deserve to be included in the conversation as one of the best football teams in the country. The Bobcats started the season 7-0, including a big win over Penn State, but they fell apart down the stretch, losing four out of their last five regular season games to end the year 8-4. However, they look to stay healthier this year and contend for a MAC championship. Their motto: “Finish, No Regrets.”

“Just finish, no regrets. Just get it done and don’t look back. Don’t have any regrets. Don’t think, `Oh, I could’ve done this better,'” said Ohio running back Beau Blankenship. “That game was a turning point in our season, so it springs from that a little.”

“(Last season) will help us sustain that long run coming up this year,” senior cornerback Travis Carrie said. “If we can keep our focus on the main goal, I think that chance we had last year will be even greater this year.”

“It was kind of unfortunate the way (the end of last season) happened. There was just a bunch of injuries and we couldn’t stay healthy,” Blankenship said. “But, I think the silver lining is that a bunch of people got playing time and they are probably going to be playing this year.”

“It’s more than just no regrets as far as wins and losses. It’s no regrets on the field. Leaving regrets on the field is when you’re going to lose games,” said  senior defensive end Ty Branz. “We want to leave every game with no regrets, knowing that we gave everything we had. When you go and play with no regrets, and let the chips fall where they may, good things happen.”

“We’re trying to finish, because we believe we can win the MAC Championship, be undefeated, be ranked and win a bowl game,” defensive lineman Antwan Crutcher said. “If we finish, and finish strong, we won’t regret our season.”

Given that virtually everything went wrong that could have last season, many expect the Bobcats to win at least ten games this season. Their explosive offense and solid defense could be enough to claim the school’s first MAC crown in twenty years. Here are prop bets for the Ohio Bobcat’s upcoming season, as well as their schedule, courtesy of Pregame.com.

Ohio Prop Bets

  • Ohio Odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship +100000
  • Ohio Odds to win the 2013 MAC Championship +700 (four of 13)
  • Ohio Odds to win the MAC East Division +300 (two of seven)
  • Ohio Regular Season Wins: Over 9.5 (+200), Under 9.5 (-280)


2013 Schedule:

  • 9/1 at Louisville
  • 9/7 North Texas
  • 9/14 Marshall
  • 9/21 Austin Peay
  • 10/5 at Akron
  • 10/12 Central Michigan
  • 10/19 at Eastern Michigan
  • 10/26 Miami, OH
  • 11/5 at Buffalo
  • 11/12 at Bowling Green
  • 11/19 Kent State
  • 11/29 Massachusetts
  • 100%