Team preview: Ohio

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Ohio Bobcats, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: July 2, 2008, 2:55 PM ET
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Before the arrival of Frank Solich, Ohio football was not exactly synonymous with success.

Frequently relegated to the bottom of the Mid-American Conference, the program had only two winning seasons in the preceding twenty seasons BF (Before Frank). Eight times in that span the Bobcats had two or fewer wins in a season.

Two years after taking over the previously hapless program, Solich's squad claimed a MAC East title, made its first bowl appearance since the first term of the Nixon administration and finished with its most victories since running the table and finishing 10-0 and claiming the National Small College Championship in 1960.

Now entering his fourth season, Solich hopes that last season's 6-6 campaign was a mere hiccup along the way to establishing Ohio as a perennial contender in the MAC.

"We're certainly not the doormat anymore," Solich said. "We have built a belief among our players, staff and fans that every time we step on the field, no matter the opponent, that we can win."

Despite a .500 finish in divisional play last season, Solich is quick to point out that the Bobcats rebounded from a rough early-season stretch to finish only one game out of first, thanks to some strong team chemistry.


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