Ohio Bobcats preview

Ohio running back A.J. Ouellette had 10 total touchdowns in 2014. Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports

Ohio snapped its streak of five straight bowls, but solid line play -- on O and D -- has the team eyeing the postseason again.


How the Bobcats beat you: Soph RB A.J. Ouellette (785 yards), a between-the-tackles banger, and redshirt frosh Papi White, who can slot wide in empty sets, offer Ohio backfield versatility.

How you beat the Bobcats With no vertical threat (top returning WR: junior Sebastian Smith, 32.1 ypg), Ohio needs long runs but rushed for 20-plus only 14 times last season.


How the Bobcats beat you: A returning LB trio (soph Quentin Poling, junior Blair Brown, senior Jovon Johnson) lead a rush D that allowed only 3.9 ypc in ’14 (No. 38 in the FBS).

How you beat the Bobcats: Senior CB Devin Bass (eight starts in ’14) needs to help his unit stiffen the backfield: 48.6 percent of passes gained 10-plus yards (No. 90 in the FBS).