Preview and Prediction: Ohio Bobcats vs. Bowling Green Falcons
The MAC will showcase a solid Tuesday night battle between the Ohio Bobcats and the Bowling Green Falcons. For the Bobcats, this game represents an opportunity to put their loss to division leading Buffalo two weeks ago behind them and focus on getting a road victory. The Falcons have the opportunity to win the East division but cannot afford to look past the Bobcats. This game features a contrast in styles with Ohio having a high powered offense and the Falcons boasting the league’s best defensive unit.
The Bobcats will look to challenge the Bowling Green defense through the air. Ohio is averaging 30.2 points per game (6th in the MAC) and has an experienced signal caller in senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton. On the season, Tettleton has completed 65.2 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. Ohio is averaging 262.8 passing yards per game and is averaging 143.9 rushing yards per game.
Bowling Green is yielding 177.8 passing yards per game and is surrendering 165.1 rushing yards per game. The Falcons allow teams to move methodically down the field, but the defense responds when opponents reach the red zone. The Falcons are ranked 7th in the nation in scoring defense giving up 16.8 points per game.
Bowling Green will look to challenge an Ohio defense yielding 22.7 points per game. The Falcons rely on a ball control attack and like to run the football behind a very experienced offensive line. Bowling Green is averaging 256.2 passing yards per game along with 194.2 rushing yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson has shown poise and leadership in winning the job from senior Matt Schilz. Johnson has completed 65.4 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Ohio has struggled in stopping opposing rushing attacks this season. The Bobcats have given up 165.5 rushing yards per game and are surrendering 214.6 passing yards per game. A positive sign has been the solid play of the defensive line. On the season, the Bobcats have accumulated 27 sacks through nine games (three sacks per game). If Ohio can force Bowling Green into third down and long situations, the Bobcats can pull off the upset.
This game could come down to turnovers. Ohio is a +2 in turnover margin and Bowling Green is a +6.
Prediction: Ohio will challenge the Falcons’ secondary in the vertical passing game. The Bobcats will jump out early on the road, however, the Falcons will respond behind their opportunistic defense and win the ball game on a last second field goal.
Bowling Green 27 Ohio 24