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Who: Miami (0-7, 0-3 Mid-American Conference) at Ohio (5-2, 2-1 MAC).

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Peden Stadium (24,000), Athens, Ohio.

Television: ESPN3

Radio: WMOH-AM (1450)

Stat pack: Miami QB Austin Boucher, 77-of-159 (48.4 percent), 916 yards, 6 TD, 7 int.; QB Austin Gearing, 58 carries, 260 yards; WR David Frazier, 15 receptions, 161 yards, 2 TD; LB Kent Kern, 66 tackles; Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton, 129-of-190 (67.9 percent), 14 TD, 6 int.; RB Beau Blankenship, 98 attempts, 378 yards, 4 TD; WR Donte Foster, 42 receptions, 596 yards, 3 TD; S Josh Kristof, 45 tackles.

Worth noting: Tettleton and Blankenship both are products of Norman (Okla.) North High School. Tettleton went straight to Ohio, while Blankenship took a side trip to Iowa State before transferring … Besides this game serving as the 90th edition of the “Battle of the Bricks” rivalry, Ohio has designated it as a #GhostOut game and is debuting new white uniforms, the main feature of which are numbers and sleeve stripes designed to resemble bricks.

Pressure is on: Boucher. Besides have to deal with fifth-year senior defensive end Ty Branz, who leads the MAC with an average of 1.17 sacks per game, Boucher also will have to keep the ball away from third-year sophomore cornerback Devin Bass, who leads the conference with an average of 1.67 passes defensed per game.

Edge goes to: Ohio. The Bobcats are playing at home with a chip on their shoulders after being upset by the RedHawks last season while ranked 23rd in the country.


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