Get to know your opponent: Ohio

The Ohio Bobcats enter Saturday's contest against Tennessee with a 1-1 record.

KNOXVILLE - No. 15 Tennessee enters Saturday’s contest against Ohio on an eight-game winning streak dating back to last season.

The Volunteers are looking for their first 3-0 start to the season since 2004.

Here’s what you need to know about the Bobcats.

Editor's Note: The Vols are ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll.

Overview: Ohio is coming off of a 37-21 win at Kansas.

The Bobcats controlled the ball for 44 minutes and 42 seconds in the win. Although Kansas is a Power 5 opponent as a member of the Big 12, the Jayhawks have lost 16 of their last 17 games.

Ohio lost 56-54 in triple overtime to Texas State in its season opener. The Bobcats controlled time of possession for 32 minutes and 55 seconds in the game.

Date: Sept. 17

Game Time: Noon Eastern Time

TV: SEC Network

Site: Neyland Stadium

Spread: Tennessee -27.5

 

Nickname: Bobcats

2015 Record: 1-1 (0-0 Mid-American Conference)

Coach: Frank Solich

Location: Athens, Ohio

Series against UT: Tennessee beat Ohio in the two team’s only previous meeting, which was a 34-23 win at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 26, 2009.

Vols coach Butch Jones went 2-0 against Ohio while he was a head coach at Central Michigan from 2007-2009.

Jones is 9-1 against non-SEC opponents at Neyland Stadium as Tennessee's coach.

Ohio is 2-11 against current SEC members.

 

Things to know about Ohio

1. Frank Solich in his 12th season as Ohio's coach: Ohio is the only the program in the NCAA to have the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator during the last 12 seasons.

Solich served as the head coach at the University of Nebraska from 1998-2003. He also played fullback at Nebraska under Bob Devaney in the mid-1960s.

The Bobcats have been bowl eligible in nine of the past 10 seasons. A total of 15 starters return from last season's team.

2. Quarterback Greg Windham has made two starts in his career: The fifth-year senior made both starts this season.

Winham is also an effective runner, rushing for 183 yards on 24 attempts (7.6 yards per carry) and one rushing touchdown.

3. Ohio against the run: Ohio has seven sacks in two games while also limiting opponents to 2.3 yards per carry. Senior defensive end Tarrell Basham holds Ohio’s all-time record with 20 career sacks.

However, through two games the Bobcats allow 38.5 points per game. Defensively, Ohio allows 389 yards per game.

4. The Bobcats average 283 rushing yards per game: Here’s how the Bobcats have distributed the ball in their run game.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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