EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.
Checking them out
It's tough to figure out how good the Bobcats have been over the last two years (seven conference losses), but this much is certain: They have had Marshall's number, and the Bell to go with it.
They flat-out pounded a mentally unprepared Herd 44-7 two years ago in Athens. It was beyond painful for MU fans to watch their team commit six turnovers and give up 564 total yards.
Last year, two late turnovers and a field goal sealed the Bobcats' 27-24 victory. One thing about that Ohio team: It had 15 fifth-year seniors, about as many as Marshall sometimes has in three years.
This time, Solich has 19 fifth-year players, including QB Tyler Tettleton. Tettleton has terrorized the Herd in two games, throwing for 485 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He can run a little bit (16-88 vs. MU), but 5-foot-8, 202-pound Beau Blankenship (1,604 yards, 15 TDs) will get most of that action. Donte Foster (59 receptions, 659 yards, eight TDs) is Tettleton's top returning target.
Two big names anchor the offensive line, left tackle John Prior and left guard Jon Lechner. In 2012, Prior scored 51 "pancakes" and 24 "de-cleaters" - shoot, it's just impressive when a school compiles those statistics.
Defensively, it only seems Travis Carrie has been around since the Brian Knorr era, but he missed the entire 2012 season with an injury. Keith Moore grew into the middle linebacker role, being named the defensive MVP in Ohio's 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.