ATHENS, Ohio -Ohio University, which is 3-0 at Peden Stadium this season, will celebrate Homecoming today when Central Michigan visits for a 2 p.m. Mid American Conference contest.
The Bobcats enter the game on a four-game winning streak after dropping their opener over No. 9 Louisville, 49-7. Ohio rebounded with wins over North Texas (27-21), Marshall (34-31), Austin Peay (38-0) and Akron (43-3).
Meanwhile, Central Michigan brings a 2-4 record to town. The Chippewas opened the season with a 59-9 loss at Michigan. Following a 24-21 win over New Hampshire, Central Michigan lost three straight contests to Nevada-Las Vegas (31-21), Toledo (38-17) and North Carolina State (48-14) before getting its second win of the season and its first MAC victory last week at Miami, 21-9.
If Ohio wins for the fifth straight time today, it will mark the fourth consecutive season the Bobcats have put together at least a five-game winning streak.
Last year's meeting between the Bobcats and Chippewas resulted in a 43-28 Ohio victory that saw the 'Cats gain 309 yards on the ground and more than 500 on the day.
However, the previous four meetings between the teams resulted in Central Michigan victories.
Central Michigan is led by quarterback Cooper Rush, who has completed 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,080 yards and six touchdowns. But Rush has been plagued by eight interceptions. Sophomore running back Saylor Lavalli has rushed for 521 yards. The Chippewas top tackler is junior middle linebacker Justin Cherocci with 62, including seven for loss.
Ohio is led quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who has has completed 82 of 127 passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns, while being intercepted just three times. His favorite target is Donte Foster, who has caught 22 passes for 335 yards. Chase Cochran has 19 catches and Matt Waters 16. Tettleton has thrown for a school record 7,303 yards and 54 touchdowns during his Ohio career.
Ohio has a 1-2 punch in the backfield as Beau Blankenship has rushed for 246 yards and Ryan Boykin 222. Blankenship needs 677 yards to become the fourth running back in Ohio history to rush for 3,000 career yards.