Each week, we ask five of our sportswriters five questions about Ohio athletics. Their answers may surprise you. This week, we talked to sports editor Alex Hider, contributor Danny Medlock, assistant sports editor Katie Hendershot, volleyball writer Michael Garr and soccer writer Corbin Bagford.
Miami football is winless this season. Can Ohio put it on auto-pilot, or should they be on upset alert?
Alex Hider: Outside of Austin Peay, Miami is the Bobcats’ easiest opponent on paper. They have perhaps the worst offense in the FBS, averaging only 10 points a game. The defense isn’t much better, giving up an average of 31 points per game. The RedHawks will be excited to keep the “Battle of the Bricks” trophy, but that’s about the only thing they have going for them.
Danny Medlock: This is a recurring thought from me regarding the football team. They play to the level of their competition, they’re essentially the Cincinnati Bengals of the MAC. On any given day they can beat or lose to anyone (sans Akron). Ohio wants revenge against these Redhawks, they’ll put them away easily.
Katie Hendershot: I don’t think they should ever just be on auto-pilot because that’s dangerous, but I don’t think they should be too concerned by Miami.
Michael Garr: Upset alert is probably a little strong, but the Cats can’t be on auto-pilot either, especially after their loss to Central Michigan and relatively close win over EMU. They need to play a full 60 and truly dominate in this one to get their confidence back up for the tough stretch of teams they will face at the end of the season.
Corbin Bagford: Miami is no threat at all normally, but due to the fact that it’s a rivalry, I expect a slightly more respectable effort from the wretched RedHawks.
Thoughts on the new “Ghost-Out” uniforms?
Hider: The brick-pattern numbers are sweet, but I’m glad I won’t be a TV spotter for this game. The shoulder pipping and pants are silly, but that’s to be expected of Russell Athletic. Overall, I give them a six out of 10.
Medlock: I know Hider and some of the guys on the team don’t like the piping on the side, but I like them. WERE A GOD DAMN RUSSELL ATHLETIC SCHOOL, i’ll take anything we can get.
Hendershot: I like bricks a lot and I don’t know why. It’s a little challenging to read the numbers from a distance, but that aside, I really like them and look forward to seeing the team all suited up for the “Ghost-Out.”
Garr: I would’ve liked to see white numbers with green outline or something. Too much green on the sleeves and numbers for it to be a “ghost-out”. They’re not terrible, but could be a lot better.
Bagford: The brick-style numbers are too sick. Well done, Russell.
Both soccer and field hockey will finish their regular seasons within a week. What do they need to do to make a late-season push?
Hider: It all comes down to finishing. The soccer team gave a game away to Eastern Michigan last weekend, and field hockey couldn’t get it done in overtimes against Central Michigan. If they want to make noise in the postseason, both teams need to finish.
Medlock: Score more points than the other team.
Hendershot: Field hockey will need to come up strong against Ball State and Kent, which is top in the conference. Kent will also be a key factor for the soccer team, who will end the season against the Golden Flashes, who is just above them in the MAC East standings.
Garr: For field hockey, keep playing good defense. Not only have they won three of their last four, but they’ve also only allowed three goals in as many games. For soccer, two of the last three are on the road. Spoil some of these teams’ senior days and get some momentum and confidence going into the MAC tournament.
Bagford: At this point in the season, practices begin to get monotonous, so it’s important for the teams to stay focused as the season comes to a close.
Volleyball will make one of its longest road trips of the season. What do they need to do to stay focused on the road?
Hider: Keeping a consistent schedule. The most difficult part of going on the road is disruptive changes to every day activities. With the Bobcats crossing a time zone to play it’s two most difficult conference match-ups of the season, sticking to a routine will be important. Also, on long road trips, good gas station snacks are important.
Medlock: I was talking to WOUB’s Colin Brown, who travels with the team and learned something interesting. Did you know the players eat three times a day and are given 20 bucks for each meal! Do you realize how much food that is at everywhere but Bdubs? Watch the calorie intake and they should be fine.
Hendershot: In order to stay tough on the road, the volleyball team will need to make the most of practices during the week. Preparation for each opponent will be key, but I think the team has all of the right tools in place to fair well.
Garr: The team is 5-2 on the road this year, so they know how to handle the long trips. If they keep playing they way they have they should be fine. That, and getting a healthy breakfast at whatever hotel the team stays in.
Bagford: I believe the most important thing on long road trips for teams is to remain rested. Long bus rides can take a toll on your body and mind, so rest is necessary.
What are you wearing this halloween?
Hider: With Breaking Bad ending a few weeks ago, I decided to throw back to the show’s first season for my halloween costume. I may be a little chilly on Saturday night…
Medlock: I’m a stay at home dad, might bust it out for dad’s weekend as well. Bitchez love DILFS.
Hendershot: My roommates and I are going as Bananas in Pajamas in keeping with our tradition of 90s kid throwback costumes.
Garr: I’m keeping it a secret until tomorrow. So in fairness, I won’t even tell the readers. I will say it is a very recognizable costume and a very well-liked character.
Bagford: In an attempt to make this HallOUween Legen-DARY, I will be disguised as Barney Stinson.