The Ohio football team is back in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 1968. The Bobcats moved to 7-0 overall (3-0 Mid-American Conference) and captured the No.?25 spot with a 34-28 win over Akron on Saturday.
Fortunate scheduling has helped. Ohio opened the year by upsetting embattled Penn State, which has rattled off four straight wins of its own. With Miami of Ohio (3-4, 2-1), Eastern Michigan (0-6, 0-3) and Ball State (4-3, 2-2) ahead, the Bobcats have a good chance of remaining undefeated until at least their final regular-season game, when they will face Kent State (5-1, 3-0). The MAC championship and a bowl come after that.
Ohio won its last MAC title in 1968 and was No. 16 in the polls and 10-0 before a season-ending loss to Richmond, which dropped the program's final ranking to 20th.
Should they land in this year's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the Bobcats could end up with another Big Ten opponent and a chance to prove the Nittany Lions win and their remarkable season have been no fluke.
- Craig Stouffer