Too many fans licking their chops while trashing the University of Louisville’s football schedule.

Less than five weeks before the opening kickoff might be a good time to start gaining respect for Ohio University football, the powerhouse of the Mid-American Conference.

Tyler Tettleton
Tyler Tettleton

That team will be quarterbacked by Tyler Tettleton who is the first OU quarterback to throw for 2,500 yards-or-more in back-to-back seasons. He completed 228 of 367 passes for 2,844 yards passing (62.1 percent), 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions last year.

Good feet, too. His 244 rushing yards ranked third on the team.

Ohio is coming off two consecutive nine-win seasons. Two straight bowl victories as well, defeating Louisiana Monroe 45-14 in the Independence Bowl last season and Utah State 24-23 in the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise in 2011.

The Bobcats return 49 letter winners and 16 starters from last year’s 9-4 team, including senior running back Beau Blankenship, who rushed for 1,604 yards and 16 touchdowns.

No pushover that first opponent, bringing talent, hungry for respect.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.