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2013 Bowling Green
Schedule and Odds
Bowling Green may just be this year's surprise MAC team. They're coming off an eight-win season and return 19 total starters. They had one ugly loss at Virginia Tech last year, but stayed strong against Florida in their opener. The Falcons also played San Jose State close in the Military Bowl. Especially playing in the East, BGSU will have a decent shot at getting to the MAC title game.
Matt Schilz is expected to return as the team's starting quarterback, but the more athletic Matt Johnson is lurking behind him. Schilz cut his TD total in half last year totaling just 14 along with 12 interceptions. If that problem repeats, Johnson may see more time. Another question is at running back where Anthon Samuel would be the starter, but he took a leave of absence from the team and took the spring semester off from school for family reasons. With over 1,800 yards in the past two seasons, losing Samuel would be a big blow to the offense that would have to rely on multiple replacements that don't have much experience. The good news is that the other positions are stocked. Chris Gallon (54 receptions) and Shaun Joplin (40 receptions) return in the receiving crew. The line might be the strongest part of this unit with four returning starters.
The defense is set to be even better as they return nine starters from a group that was tops in the MAC last season. They only gave up 16.8 points per game all season. Of course, they also lost two of their best players, but should be able to deal with the losses. Every level of this squad has positives whether it is depth or outright playmakers. Ted Ouellet, Gabe Martin and Boo Boo Gates are just a few players to keep an eye on.
2013 Bowling Green Football Schedule
Aug. 29 vs. Tulsa
Sept. 7 at Kent State
Sept. 14 at Indiana
Sept. 21 vs. Murray State
Sept. 28 vs. Akron
Oct. 5 vs. Massachusetts
Oct. 12 at Mississippi State
Oct. 26 vs. Toledo
Nov. 5 at Miami (OH)
Nov. 12 vs. Ohio
Nov. 23 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 29 at Buffalo
The Falcons finished second in the East last season and have the schedule to make a jump to the top spot. Their out-of-conference games will once again be difficult, but if they can grab a win from either Tulsa, Indiana or Mississippi State, it would give them a lot of confidence. The season opener against Tulsa is probably the likeliest of those as that one is at home.
A road game at Kent State will be big in just the second week of the season. The Golden Flashes finished undefeated last year in conference play, but are losing a lot of talent. That game could be Bowling Green's chance to show everyone else how good they are. Their next three MAC games are all at home against winnable opponents.
The Falcons don't really have an overwhelming schedule, but two games later in the year stand out against Ohio and Buffalo, both of whom they could be fighting with for the East division late in the year. They beat both teams last year by double-digits which is a good sign. The cards are in order for Bowling Green to finish atop the MAC East and fight in the championship game. Can they solve their QB and RB issues and make it all the way? Eight or nine wins is the likely total for the Falcons.
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