Bowling Green Falcons Muscle Their Way Into Indiana This Weekend

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The Bowling Green Falcons had the best defense in the MAC last season and have opened the 2013 season right where they left off. The Falcons are 2-0 and are giving up 14.5 points per game. However, in order for the Falcons to make it to 3-0, they will need to stop the Indiana Hoosiers‘ high octane offensive attack.

The Hoosiers have scored 73 and 35 points respectively, in their first two games of the season. Sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld is on fire through the first two games. He has completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 582 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Sudfeld has a very solid group of wide receivers to throw to. Led by Kofi Hughes, the Hoosiers will try and test the Falcons’ secondary which is only yielding an average of 193 passing yards per game.

The Bowling Green defense held Tulsa to a 48.8 completion percentage and Kent State to a 53.6 completion percentage. The secondary led by senior Jerry “Booboo” Gates will play physical bump and run coverage and try to force Sudfeld into making poor decisions . The Falcons’ defense is very good in forcing the tempo. The Falcons are only giving up 40 percent on third down conversions and will look to make the Hoosiers work slowly down the field.

Bowling Green relies on a conservative offensive attack that is built with a physical offensive line. Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson has taken over the duties for the Falcons after beating out senior Matt Schilz for the starting job. Johnson makes good decisions and has completed 62.5 percent of his passes. Led by sophomore running back Travis Green, the Falcons are averaging 226 rushing yards per game and have scored 75 combined points in both of their victories. The Falcons will look to wear on the Indiana defensive line and then work off play action passes to strike for big plays on the Hoosiers’ secondary. The Hoosiers have struggled defensively in giving up 35 points in back to back ball games. They have not been good in run support giving up an average of 283 rushing yards per game.

This figures to be a great matchup as it involves contrasting styles in play. The Falcons will look to test the middle of the Hoosier defensive line with their physical running game. On the other hand, the Hoosiers will play fast and force the Falcons’ defense out of their attacking blitzing defense.

Game time is set for 12:00pm at Memorial Stadium in Indiana.

Joseph Lisi is MAC writer for Rantsports.com, follow him on Twitter @GoForthe2, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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