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Marshall football opponents, Game 3: Ohio

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Ohio cornerback Devin Bass

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of previews on Marshall and West Virginia football opponents.

Date with Marshall: Saturday, Sept. 13, noon, CBS Sports Network

Site: Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,227, AstroTurf GameDay Grass MTO), Huntington

Series: Ohio leads 32-19-6

Last meeting: Ohio 34, Marshall 31, Sept. 14, 2013 at Huntington

Coach: Frank Solich (10th year at Ohio, 66-50; 16th year overall, 124-69)

Checking them out

When will the Bobcats’ ownership of the Thundering Herd end? The tally is three straight, including the 34-31 victory last year that wasn’t that close (MU scored late, didn’t get the onside kick).

Frank Solich’s Bobcats will play without some of the Herd’s top tormentors, notably QB Tyler Tettleton, RBs Beau Blankenship and Ryan Boykin, and WR Donte Foster. But the defense is loaded with veterans.

Perhaps you can start with Devin Bass, another one of those cornerbacks who seem to hang around seven or eight years (but hey, Travis Carrie has finally moved on). Nathan Carpenter, younger brother of former Herd player George, returns at safety and is one of the team’s captains. (Wasn’t every football-playing Carpenter a team captain?)

The front looks promising, with 6-foot-2, 300-pound Antwan Crutcher filling space at nose guard. But the raves keep coming for 6-4, 250-pound DE Tarell Basham, who had 7.5 sacks and was named to the Football Writers’ Freshman All-America Team.

Offensively, Derrius Vick appears to be the heir apparent to Tettleton, and he’s a dual threat. He was inserted for four carries against Marshall, gaining 20 on one. Veteran receiver Chase Cochran will be a top target, with Tim Edmond and who knows who else sharing the rushing load.

All-conference candidates

Offense: WR Chase Cochran, OL Mike Lucas

Defense: DE Tarell Basham, NG Antwan Crutcher, DT Brandon Purdum, CB Devin Bass, S Josh Kristoff, S Nathan Carpenter

Special teams: K Josiah Yazdani, PR Devin Bass

Notes

Tim Edmond, a senior RB and short-yardage specialist, earned the Iron Bobcat Award, the team’s highest strength and conditioning honor. He is a solid 5-foot-11, 235 pounds. The Bobcats open with three road games for the first time since 1992. Ohio beat Marshall in the battle to build an indoor practice center, opening it $12.5 million facility before spring. Like the MU building, this one features a 100-yard field. Ohio begins the season with an all-time record of 533-535-48. The Bobcats have not had an all-time winning mark since the start of the 1995 season.

2014 schedule

DATE OPPONENT 2013

Aug. 30 at Kent State* L 13-44

Sept. 6 at Kentucky DNP

Sept. 13 at Marshall W 34-31

Sept. 20 Idaho DNP

Sept. 27 Eastern Illinois W 42-7

Oct. 4 at Central Michigan* L 23-26

Oct. 11 Bowling Green* L 0-49

Oct. 18 Akron* W 43-3

Oct. 25 at Western Michigan* DNP

Nov. 5 (Wed) Buffalo* L 3-30

Nov. 18 (Tue) Northern Illinois* DNP

Nov. 25 (Tue) at Miami* W 41-16

*Mid-American Conference games

2013 record: 7-6, 4-4 MAC (T-3rd place, East Division; lost 20-37 to East Carolina at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg)

Dropped: Louisville (L 7-49), North Texas (W 27-21), Austin Peay (W 38-0), Eastern Michigan (W 56-28), Massachusetts (W 51-23)


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