The Ohio Bobcats’ rivalry with the Miami Redhawks has been one-sided as of late. The Redhawks haven’t beaten Ohio since 2005 and no player currently on Ohio's roster has lost to Miami. But, even with the Bobcats' recent dominance, Ohio head coach Frank Solich believes the rivalry is still going strong.
“The rivalry exists; it’s a long time rivalry. It’s important to Miami, it’s important to Ohio and it’s obviously important to the fans,” said Solich.
Ohio is now ranked 24th in the BCS rankings and 23rd in the AP Poll, Harris Poll and USA Today Poll. The target on Ohio’s back is growing larger and the potential to overlook teams has also grown. However, Solich isn’t concerned about Ohio losing its focus.
“I have no concern about (the team) overlooking anything … When you look at football games, every game is important, regardless of who you are and how well you’re doing. You cannot just go beyond the next game,” said Solich.
The Bobcats won’t be overlooking Miami in any sense.
“All the games with Miami have been really hard-fought, physical contests. We had to hang on at the end to win it last year,” said Solich. “We know that Miami is a good football team and that they’re a physical football team.”
Miami is led by quarterback Zac Dysert, who is one of the best QBs in the MAC and an NFL prospect. When asked if Dysert is one of the best QBs Ohio will face all year, Solich responded, "I think so. Pro scouts are definitely paying a lot of attention to him."
Dysert has all the attributes of an NFL quarterback prospect. He has the size at 6’4”, 228 lbs and he possesses great throwing ability. He has thrown for 1,914 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
“You look at his size, you look at his arm strength, you look at his accuracy and his decision making; all those lead to being an NFL prospect,” said Solich. "He’s throwing to some very, very good receivers and they have the ability to protect him very well. So the whole combination of that makes it difficult to slow them down. “
The Bobcats will take on the Redhawks on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at Miami’s Yager Stadium.