Frank Solich has done it again.
For the second time in four seasons, Solich has guided Ohio to the MAC Championship game. Pretty good for a program that hasn't seen much success since joining Division I-A in 1983.
Not only that, Ohio jumped to No. 40 in the latest CBSSports.com 120 rankings. It will take on Central Michigan for the conference title on Dec. 4.
The season didn't start out strong for the Bobcats. After falling short in a 23-16 loss to Connecticut, it needed overtime to beat one of the worst teams in the nation, getting past North Texas 31-30.
But the Bobcats have won seven of their last eight and clinched the East Division with a win over Temple on Saturday.
"I think the early part of the season was telling for us," said Solich. "We didn't get off to a great start against Connecticut -- they are a very good football team -- but we hung in there and then the next week on the road at North Texas, with bad weather, we found a way to win that football game right at the very end. I think our team felt all along that we had the capability of being a very good football team and capability of winning football games, but it started to generate some action there (at North Texas) and I think I started to truly believe."
The victory was the 28th win for the Bobcats' senior class, which is the school's winningest since 1963, when that group won 29 games from 1960-63.
"I'm as proud of these guys as I've ever been of any team that I've been associated with," added Solich after the Temple game. "You look back and there have been a lot of great games. This one is as good as it gets. This team has been truly amazing as to how they kept battling back in games throughout the course of the entire season."
Two players that have been key to Ohio's success is the wide receiver tandem of Taylor Price and LaVon Brazill. Price has 51 catches for 733 yards and Brazill has 49 catches for 670 yards. The duo has combined for 11 touchdowns.
Two guys on defense are ranked in the top 15 of the nation in their perspective categories. Linebacker Noah Keller is 14th in the nation with 122 tackles, while freshman defensive back Gerald Moore has six interceptions (8th in the NCAA).
Now it all comes down to the game against Central Michigan, which is ranked No. 25 in the CBSSports.com 120.
"Central has been there the past couple years and has gotten a lot of national exposure. We want to get our program going that direction, and we feel like we've got the talent here," said linebacker Lee Renfro. "It's going to be another hard game, but if we keep getting better every week, I like our odds."
Matchups of other conference title games:
ACC: No. 11 Georgia Tech vs. 27 Clemson
Big 12: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 19 Nebraska
Conference USA: No. 21 Houston vs. No. 52 East Carolina
SEC: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 3 Alabama
... Eastern Michigan finished the season at 0-12 and is ranked No. 119. Western Kentucky is No. 120 at 0-11, but has one game remaining against Arkansas State.
... Hawaii has quietly moved up to No. 75 and is eyeing a bowl bid. If the Warriors beat Wisconsin on Saturday, they would be headed to play in the Hawaii Bowl, mostly likely against SMU. The Mustangs are coached by former Hawaii coach June Jones.
... The lowest-ranked team with a winning record is Northern Illinois at No. 68. Despite being 7-5, the Huskies have the 119th ranked schedule. The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Mississippi State at 5-7. The Bulldogs have not only played a tough SEC schedule, but lost to Houston (10-2) and beat Middle Tennessee State (9-3).