Published Thu, Oct 13, 2011 3:12 pm Dateline
The stakes just got a little higher for Ohio University's football matchup with the MAC East Division leader, the Temple Owls, on November 2.
ESPN is moving the game from ESPN 2 to its main showcase on ESPN.
However, the Bobcats are not allowing the spotlight to go to their heads.
“You get too swooped up in the crowd and everybody is going to be watching and you forget how to play,” said Ohio Wide Receiver Phil Bates.
The players feel the ESPN time slot is more for the fans.
“It’s more for the people that don’t know Ohio to really check us out,” said Bates.
The ESPN game is two weeks away, so the football team wants to stay focused on one opponent at a time.
“It motivates you more, and it makes you prepare more for the game, because you know there are so many people watching,” said Ohio Cornerback Ryan Clark.
According to the players, the main goal for the green and white is to win a MAC Championship.
“We prepare the same way every time, working, execute the game plans, and the rest will take care of its self,” said Bates.