Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Bowling Green Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - 12/26/13
Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6) at Bowling Green Falcons (10-3)
College Football: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -4 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Bowling Green Falcons square off in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl.
Pittsburgh was a team I would describe as being just enough meaning they received just enough scoring and defense to become Bowl eligible. The defense was solid in most cases with 374 yards and 27 points allowed but gave up more then 27 points just four times so this unit was probably better then the numbers. The Panthers were not an explosive offense and the stats tell us that with 352 yards producing 26 points with the passing attack leading the way. Tom Savage did a pretty good job under center with 61% completions for 2,834 yards for 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Tyler Boyd was the top receiver with 77 receptions for 1,001 yards and seven scores with Devin Street hauling in 51 balls for 851 yards and another seven TD's. Pitt wasn't an awful team on the ground with the duo of Isaac Bennett and James Connor combining for 1,365 yards on 286 totes with 14 touchdowns.
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Bowling Green won the MAC championship with a 47-27 victory over previously undefeated Northern Illinois. The Falcons were clearly the hottest team in the conference to close the regular season with five consecutive victories with strong performances on both sides of the ball. The defense was easily the best the MAC had to offer with 309 yards and less then 15 points allowed as they were tough on the ground and in the air. The offense was strong as well at 475 yards and 35 points with nearly equal ability to run and throw. Matt Johnson threw for 3,195 yards on 64% with 23 touchdowns and seven picks with Shaun Joplin leading the way with 48 catches for 822 yards while Alex Bayar and Ronnie Moore combining for 1,071 yards on 60 receptions. When BGSU wanted to grind it out the ball was in the hands of Travis Greene who totaled 1,555 yards on 261 carries.
Bowling Green was flat out dominant to end the year and my worry here is a loss of momentum from the time off. I am leary of the Panthers because of this but for now I'll stay with the Falcons...