The Ohio Bobcats opened their 2013 campaign off on the wrong foot with a blowout loss to the seventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals 49-7. However, the Bobcats have turned around their fortunes and have reeled off four straight victories since their opening day defeat. Head coach Frank Solich has the team focused and determined to make it five straight victories this weekend when the Central Michigan Chippewas come to town.
The Bobcats have relied on senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton to carry the bulk of the load for the offense. Tettleton has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,029 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Running back Beau Blankenship, who was a 1,000 yards rusher a season ago, has struggled behind erratic offensive line play. Blankenship has rushed for 246 yards this season with two touchdowns and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry this season.
The Bobcats are 66th in the nation in passing offense, averaging 232.8 yards per game, and are ranked 79th in rushing offense, averaging 148.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio has been able to put up points this season without a strong rushing attack, as the Bobcats are averaging 29.8 points per game.
The Bobcats will be facing a Chippewas defense that has surrendered 34.3 points per game and is ranked 102nd in the nation in scoring defense. Central Michigan is giving up 189.3 rushing yards per game and is yielding 219.7 passing yards per game.
Central Michigan has struggled with injuries on the offensive side of the ball all season and has struggled to score points. The Chippewas are ranked 113th in the nation, averaging 17.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 90th in the nation in passing yards (205.2 yards per game) and 102nd in the nation in rushing yards (119.5 yards per game).
Turnovers could be the key to the ball game as Ohio is +3 in turnover margin and Central Michigan has struggled with ball security and is a -5.