Nov. 2, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - The Bobcats can take the next step in securing their first MAC East Division crown when they travel to Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 4. Head Coach Frank Solich talked about his squad's trip to Ypsilanti at his weekly press conference.
Eastern Michigan enters Saturday's game at 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the MAC. The Bobcats' trip to Rynearson Stadium marks only the third home game this season for the Eagles. EMU is 1-1 in its previous two home contests in 2006 with an overtime loss to MAC West leader Central Michigan and a win against Toledo. The Eagles' last three contests have all been decided by four points or less. They lost at Bowling Green, 24-21, defeated Toledo, 17-13, and lost last week at Western Michigan, 18-15.
Saturday's game is the sixth road contest of the season for the Bobcats (6-3, 4-1). Through the first five road contests, the Bobcats are 3-2 and have won back-to-back road games for the first time since 1997. Ohio's three road wins are the most since 2000. The Bobcats have not won four road games in a season since 1997. Including this week, Ohio has two more chances for road victories. The Bobcats have not won five road games since 1968, their last MAC championship season. The Bobcats' three road wins in 2006 matches their road win total from the 2004 and 2005 seasons combined. A fourth road win this season would equal Ohio's total from 2002-05.
In addition to discussing the Eagles, Solich also briefed the local press on how his team is handling being in first place in the MAC East standings. He also discussed his team's ability to travel, the upcoming bye week and the changing offenses this season in the MAC.
After the Bobcats' game in Ypsilanti, they will have their first bye week of the 2006 season. Ohio plays its final home game of the 2006 season on Thursday, Nov. 16 against Akron at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.