Where: Boise, Idaho
When: Dec. 17, 2011 | 5:30 PM ET
Predicted Outcome: Ohio 30, Utah St. 23
Ohio (9-4) is coming off of a close loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship. Their best player and quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who has been fantastic all season, had by far his worst performance by throwing three picks and only accounting for one TD (rush). On the season he has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns while accounting for another 627 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns. He's led the Bobcat's exceptional offense that averages over 450 yards per game. They are no slumps on the defensive side either, they give up only 22 points per game and win by an average of nine.
Utah State Breakdown
Utah State has the nation's sixth ranked rush offense, averaging over 275 yards per game on the ground. Their defense and passing games are both well below average, though. Since quarterback Adam Kennedy has taken over the starting role the Aggies have gone 5-0. In those five wins Kennedy has thrown for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added another 224 yards on the ground. Utah State finished second in the WAC with a 7-5 overall record.
If Utah State is going to win this game they need to have an efficient turnover free game from their quarterback. They are also going to need a huge game from running back and star player Robert Turbin. If Ohio wants to win this game they will need to play good defense, as they have most of the season, and keep their offense balanced. Utah State has momentum going for them on this five game win streak, but all of their victories have been within four points or gone into overtime. With Tettleton, Ohio has the upper edge at QB and if it comes down to the final few minutes, he has the tools to lead the Bobcats to victory.