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Here is the 2021 CFB betting guide preview for the MAC.
After 16 seasons with the Bobcats, coach Frank Solich announced his retirement July 14, saying he needed "to focus on a cardiovascular health issue." Under Solich, Ohio won the MAC East Division four times but lost in the conference championship game every time, most recently in 2016. Offensive coordinator Tim Albin was hired to replace Solich. Due to COVID-19, the Bobcats played only three games in 2020 and finished 2-1. Ohio returns 17 starters, including QBs Kurtis Rourke and Armani Rogers, its top two running backs, its seven top receivers and four offensive linemen. Additionally, Ohio added offensive lineman T.J. Jackson, a grad transfer from Virginia Tech. Jackson will likely start at left tackle.
The MAC East is pretty close at the top with Kent State, Buffalo and Miami (Ohio), but the Bobcats’ schedule is the separator. Ohio avoids Western Michigan and defending MAC champ Ball State in crossover games, hosts one of the MAC West favorites, Toledo, and hosts Miami and Kent State. The Bobcats’ three road games in the division are against Buffalo, Akron and Bowling Green. Despite Solich’s retirement, the manageable schedule and the talent returning is a reason 600 might be worth a look for Ohio to win its first conference championship in over five decades. The Bobcats open the season at home against Syracuse. If Ohio, as a 1-point underdog, can beat the Orange, the Bobcats should be able to surpass their win total.
Pick: Over 7