College Bowl Mania Series: San Diego State vs Ohio

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Wed. 12/19/2018 at 7pm CT on ESPN

DXL Frisco Bowl

Ohio (8-4, 126 SOS)

Frank Solich leads the Bobcats as the oldest coach in football. With that being said, it shouldn’t shock you to see the run-heavy offensive approach. Ohio lacks talent on the defensive side of the ball, and to mask those deficiencies, they run more than most. Ohio has had 3 different rushers, who have gone for 800+ yards at different times throughout the season, including Nathan Rourke, their QB. 

The Ohio offense has found success in the air through gashing teams on the ground. Once a defense sneaks up, the Bobcats have no issue throwing it right over the other team’s head. Another MAC team stepping up in class versus a well coached SDSU team? I’m 100% in. 

San Diego St (7-5, 89 SOS)

Rocky Long, the 3rd oldest head coach in the game, feels confident in the health of his young team. Offensively, Christian Chapman, QB and, more importantly, Juwan Washington, RB, are healthy. Washington is a bell cow and will be another great back to come out of this program. The majority of San Diego State’s struggles came, this year, when Washington was on the sideline. 

Juwan Washington should go off in this game. Ohio defense is probably one of the least talented group of defenders out there. Ohio stops teams by forcing turnovers, which may not happen Wednesday’s bowl game. Juwan Washington has fumbled once all year and that is unlikely to change. 

Best Bet: I understand why bookmakers made Ohio a favorite. SDSU struggled in the second half of the season, but that was mainly due to injuries. SDSU has not lost a game by double digits all year. These are two of the better coaches in college and both will be prepared. Take the points with SDSU, as this may come down to a late close game. 

~J.B.