It’s been a long break for the Ohio Bobcats as they had a week 2 bye. In game one against Howard they played from behind until early in the second half. It was a bizarre scene because the Cats were heavy favorites in the game and narrowly escaped with a 38-32 victory with big performances from second string signal caller Quenton Maxwell and wideout Papi White. Maxwell came in to replace Nathan Rourke in the second quarter after a less than stellar start, but this week as both teams will be traveling to Nashville for this game thanks to the hurricane set to hit the east coast, Frank Solich has picked his guy and it’s Nathan Rourke. Can he bounce back from the underwhelming start? Well, it’s likely as he is thought to be one of the best QBs in the MAC.
If Rourke can’t bounce back, Maxwell will have another opportunity to prove himself and win the starting job. Against Howard, Maxwell threw for 233 yards and two scores in 3 quarters in relief of the struggling Rourke. He’s got a strong arm and takes care of the ball. The weather however could make it more likely Rourke plays the whole game as he is a better runner. He racked up 21 touchdowns on the ground a season ago. The most in all of division 1 for quarterbacks.
They will be set to square up against the Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC. The Cavaliers are 1-1 on the year with a win in week 1 against Richmond and a close loss to Indiana by the score of 20-16 in week 2. They are paced by dual threat quarterback Bryce Perkins. He threw for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards in the week 2 loss to Indiana. The Bobcats defense led by Evan Croutch struggled in week 1 against a dual threat QB. The extra week to prepare should have helped them work out the kinks and better prepare them for this week.
The game is set for a 4:30 kickoff at Vanderbilt stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The contest can be seen on the ACC Network. The current line is Virginia -3.5 and O/U 51.5.