Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Though the Bobcats may have the best shot at running the tables in 2012 (based merely on their competition level moving forward), things in the BCS aren’t that simple.
Ohio doesn’t have any ranked teams left to play (not a surprise given it plays in the Mid-American Conference) and its next six opponents currently a hold a 14-20 combined record, the worst mark among the 16 unbeatens on our list.
But that said, the Bobcats haven’t been convincing in many of their six wins this season, with the exception of a 51-24 beatdown of New Mexico State (now 1-5) and a 44-10 drilling of FCS Norfolk State.
Really based on the way they’ve played thus far, you almost get the sneaking feeling that somebody will beat them, regardless of the fact that only one team remaining on the slate has a winning record (Kent State in the finale).
The next fact that doesn’t bode well for Ohio in terms of simply remaining unbeaten is the fact that if it does make it to the end of the regular season without losing, it has to win the MAC title game.
No big deal? Well, the Bobcats haven’t won a bona fide conference championship since 1968.
Let’s say Ohio runs the table and wins the league crown. Yes, the Bobcats are now a sparkling 13-0, so do they go to the BCS title game?
And really it’s completely questionable that they’d even make it to a BCS bowl much less the title game, even if every other team at the top of the rankings had one loss.
Simply put, Ohio doesn’t have the type of schedule to get it beyond a really solid bowl game. The Bobcats did beat Penn State in the opener but that’s their only BCS win.
Ask yourself this...when is the last time a MAC team played in a BCS bowl game?