Oct. 26, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The teams with the two longest winning streaks in the MAC will square off Saturday when Ohio travels to Kent State with the East Division lead on the line. Head Coach Frank Solich broke down the Golden Flashes at his weekly press conference.
Kent State (5-2, 4-0) has won five in a row, its longest winng streak since 1976, while the Bobcats (5-3, 3-1) have won three straight games for the first time since 2000. Both teams have already won more games this season than they did in 2005. Ohio posted a 4-7 mark in Solich's first season, while the Golden Flashes were 1-10 last year.
In addition to providing his insight on the Flashes, Solich discussed what the Bobcats need to do on Saturday to be successful, as well as Ohio's strategy during its three-game winning streak. Solich also talked about the team's focus entering the last four games of the regular season.
The winner of the contest will control their own fate in the MAC East Division title race. A Bobcat win would put them in a first-place with the Flashes, but Ohio would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. A Kent State victory would give the Golden Flashes a two-game lead over the Bobcats and Bowling Green.
The victor in Saturday's game will also earn its sixth win and be eligible for selecction for one of the MAC's three bowl affiliations - the Motor City Bowl, the GMAC Bowl and the International Bowl.
Following the game at Kent State, which will be shown live on FSN Ohio at 2 p.m., Ohio will play at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Bobcats play their final home game of 2006 on Thursday, Nov. 16 against Akron at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 740-575-CATS.