Bobcats blazing new trail

From Ohio turning its season around to Notre Dame extending its streak, the non-BCS and independents are covered here.

Updated: November 2, 2006, 2:09 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
The calendar read Oct. 1, and Ohio's once-promising season suddenly had reached a crisis state.

After a 2-0 start that included a win at MAC favorite Northern Illinois, Ohio dropped three straight games. Two of the losses came against eventual Top 25 teams (Rutgers and Missouri). The other was tougher to digest, a 21-9 spanking by Bowling Green at home.

But Ohio's on-field failure hardly compared to the public relations flogging it took after The Columbus Dispatch revealed that 17 football players had been arrested in Athens County since Jan. 1.