“Aztecs-Ohio-Bowl Game Worth Watching”
The Mountain West Conference and the Mid American Conference are leagues cut from the same cloth. In the shadow of big time football (Pac 10-Big 10)….located in the same neighborhood of lots of high school football recruits (California-Ohio)….and a league with some quality veteran coaches (Rocky Long-Frank Solich). Both play pay-day games against bigger name teams too.
So when the Aztecs lineup to face the Bobcats in the DXL–Frisco, Texas Bowl a week from Saturday, it may be like looking at yourself in the mirror.
Both have a history of pounding the football. Both play rugged defense. Both live off chunk plays from their run games. Is their much difference between the Red & Black and the Green & White?
Coach Rocky Long addressed all that in his weekly press gathering.
..Been a long time since we played a game
..Thursday we put our game plan in for Ohio
..Good deal-lots of practice time
..Bad deal is more film I look at-better Ohio looks
..We get lots of snaps-this is almost like spring ball
..Bye week before win at Boise was more about getting players healthy
..We don’t change a lot style wise coming out of bye week.
..Ohio is run team first-really good at it.
..QB is really accurate with the football-Nathan Rourke
..They put stress on our defensive front-we must control line of scrimmage
..We have to control run and still hold up in zone defense
..We put 8-or-9 upfront-then they will go after our QBs
..They run spread offense-do a little speed action
..They zone read with RB-Ouelltette and Rourke
..They threw ball really well-especially early in season.
..QB-Nathan Rourke is from Canada…kids develop later once get to US.
..Comes out of spread offense-from high school-knows passing game
..Bobcats lineup pretty standard coverages-execute well
..They don’t blitz…they just play hard.
..We will rotate the QBs-Chapman starts-Agnew will play some
..Offensive line..played 1-senior and 4-young guys
..They did not play to our expectation…why we didn’t score as many points
..Injuries upfront-all healthy…all coming back next yer
..Our philosophies same as Ohio but formations different
..We run 2-backs…they run one with the QB.
..This game will be decided at the line of scrimmage.
..We’ve played some teams that have similar schemes..Nevada-NMexico-UNLV
..Ohio is really patient..theuy’ll take 3-or-4 yards run ball…stay with it.