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The 2012 Ohio Bobcats football team represented Ohio University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Frank Solich and played their home games at Peden Stadium. They were a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). After defeating Akron on October 13 to become 7–0 the Bobcats were ranked #25 in the AP Poll; Ohio had not been ranked nationally since 1968.[1] On October 21, 2012, the Bobcats peaked at #23 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll, and #24 in the BCS standings. They finished the season 9–4, 4–4 in MAC play to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Independence Bowl where they defeated Louisiana–Monroe for their second consecutive bowl victory.

2012 Ohio Bobcats football
Ohio Bobcats wordmark.svg
Independence Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2012 record9–4 (4–4 MAC)
Head coachFrank Solich (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorTim Albin
Defensive coordinatorJimmy Burrow
Home stadiumPeden Stadium
(Capacity: 24,000)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West Division
No. 22 Northern Illinois x$   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 p.m.at Penn State*ESPNW 24–1497,186
September 87:00 p.m.New Mexico State*ESPN3W 51–2425,893
September 156:30 p.m.at Marshall*W 27–2433,436
September 222:00 p.m.Norfolk State*
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN3W 44–1023,673
September 293:30 p.m.at MassachusettsESPN3W 37–348,321
October 612:00 p.m.Buffalo
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN+/CSSW 38–3120,044
October 132:00 p.m.Akron 
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN3W 34–2825,542
October 273:30 p.m.at Miami (OH)No. 23STO/ESPN3L 20–2319,326
November 16:00 p.m.Eastern Michigan
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPNUW 45–1416,789
November 78:00 p.m.Bowling Green
  • Peden Stadium
  • Athens, OH
ESPN2L 14–2419,122
November 148:00 p.m.at Ball StateESPNUL 27–5210,097
November 2311:00 a.m.at No. 25 Kent StateESPNUL 6–2818,230
December 282:00 p.m.vs. Louisiana–Monroe*ESPNW 45–1441,853

RankingsEdit


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 23 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released RV RV 23 RV RV NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR 24 NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

@ Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 3 14 7 24
Nittany Lions 7 7 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 1974 PSU, 35–16

New Mexico StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 7 10 0 24
Bobcats 7 14 24 6 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2011 OHIO, 44–24

@ MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 17 0 10 27
Thundering Herd 14 0 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–19–6 2011 OHIO, 44–7

Norfolk StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 0 0 10 10
Bobcats 24 10 10 0 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

@ MassachusettsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 17 0 17 37
Minutemen 10 7 10 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 14 0 10 7 31
Bobcats 7 14 3 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–7 2011 BUFF, 38–37

AkronEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 0 7 7 14 28
Bobcats 14 6 14 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–12–1 2011 OHIO, 37–20

@ Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Bobcats 7 7 3 3 20
RedHawks 13 7 0 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–51–2 2011 OHIO, 21–14

Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 7 0 0 14
Bobcats 7 17 7 14 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–11–1 2010 OHIO, 30–17

Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 19 0 7 26
Bobcats 7 0 7 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–36–2 2011 OHIO, 29–28

@ Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 14 7 3 27
Cardinals 7 14 10 21 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–14 2011 BALL, 23–20

@ Kent StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 3 0 0 6
#25 Golden Flashes 21 0 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–24–2 2011 OHIO, 17–10

Louisiana–Monroe–Independence BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 14 10 14 7 45
Warhawks 7 0 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ryan, Jim (October 14, 2012). "Football: Ohio Cracks Top 25 for the First Time Since 1968". The Post. Ohio University. Retrieved October 14, 2012.