Bowling Green Falcons 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Bowling Green Falcons 2016 Preview
The 2016 Bowling Green Falcons look to rebuild on the fly and capture the MAC East.
Overview: With Dino Babers leaving for Syracuse the Bowling Green Falcons hired Mike Jinks who is known more for his exploits in high school. Jinks takes over a Falcons program that is defending MAC champions but also needs to fill the void of the departure of numerous contributors in 2015.
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Offense: The Falcons were able to do a lot of things offensively and the result was an impressive 42 points per contest. With the Falcons losing quarterback Matt Johnson and nearly 5,000 passing yards, senior James Knapke and his 20 2015 passes takes over. BGSU loses their top two receivers in Gehrig Dieter and Roger Lewis who combined for over 2,500 yards which leaves Ronnie Moore (72-954) as the top returning target with Teo Redding and Robbie Rhodes likely thrust in to the limelight. Travis Greene was the Falcons top runner with 1,300 yards but with him gone Fred Coppet (145-825) becomes the number one and he’ll be working behind an O-Line that features four starters back.
Defense: Good offensive units could find the endzone on Bowling Green but in 2015 that wasn’t a big deal with their own offense racking up yardage and points in bunches. With the Falcons offense losing so much talent the defense has to become more of a force in 2016. DE Terrance Bush returns after recording eight TFL and six sacks with Gus Schwieterman manning the other end spot (7.5 TFL-2.5 S) after missing 2015 while six others that saw the field a year ago are back. Austin Valdez and James Sanford gave the Falcons linebacking corps plenty of punch with a combined 170+ tackles, 16.5 TFL, three picks and 13 passes defended. The Falcons secondary gets back nine of their top 12 but most are corners and a few safety’s would be beneficial.
Special Teams: Strong leg punter Joseph Davidson averaged 46 yards on 54 boots but Bowling Green needs a placekicker. In reality the Falcons need more punch from their return teams regardless of who is back which means an open competition to improve these units.
Outlook: There is no way Bowling Green can match last season’s offense but this unit isn’t completely void of talent while the defensive side of the football could be decent. A MAC East title isn’t out of the question but that depends on how well BGSU does on the road.
9/3 @ Ohio State
9/10 North Dakota
9/17 Middle Tennessee State
9/24 @ Memphis
10/1 Eastern Michigan
10/8 @ Ohio
10/15 @ Toledo
10/22 Miami (OH)
11/1 @ Northern Illinois
11/9 @ Akron
11/15 Kent State