The Bowling Green Falcons tangle with the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. on Saturday, Nov. 23rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
The game really does not mean much for either team, so it will be interesting to see which one comes out more motivated to play.
For Bowling Green, the game carries no division title implications -- they will still play Buffalo for the MAC East championship next Friday, win or lose. The only real importance this contest holds for the Falcons is for bowl position. A win would help solidify their place in the pecking order among MAC bowl-eligible teams. A loss would be very damaging to BGSU's bowl hoBowlipes.
For Eastern Michigan, this game is for nothing other than pride. Under interim coach Stan Parrish, the Eagles won two weeks ago in overtime against Western Michigan, so they do carry some momentum into the game. A victory would equal a rare two-game winning streak for EMU.
This will be the 37th game in the all-time series between these two teams, and the Falcons lead the series with a 24-11-1 record. EMU went 5-0-1 in the series' first six games, and Bowling Green has won 24 of the 30 games since. Beginning in 1990, the Falcons have won 10 of the last 11 meetings. That includes the most recent game, which was a 24-3 decision last year in Bowling Green. EMU's last win in the series came in 2008.
By The Numbers
Bowling Green travels to Ypsilanti with an 7-3 record and a 5-1 mark in the MAC. Eastern Michigan faces the Falcons with a 2-8 record, and they are just 1-5 in the MAC. EMU won their most recent game, at home against Western Michigan in overtime. The Falcons have won two in a row since falling at home to Toledo.
The Falcons are near the top of the MAC in the major offensive categories. They're second in passing offense and passing efficiency, third in rushing offense, and fourth in both total offense and scoring offense. EMU is at the bottom of these categories on defense. The Eagles are last -- by wide margins -- in all of these areas, except for pass defense. EMU is 12th in the MAC against the pass, ahead of only Northern Illinois.
On the opposite side, Bowling Green is tops in the MAC in scoring defense, total defense, pass defense and pass efficiency allowed. They are also third in the MAC against the run. Eastern Michigan's offense is ranked in the middle of the pack offensively, with their top ranking coming in rushing offense. The Eagles rank sixth in the MAC there, with 164.2 yards per game.
Four Names To Know
Bowling Green Falcons
Travis Greene --Greene continues to be the engine that drives Bowling Green's offense. His 1,167 yards are third in the MAC, while his per-game average of 116.7 is fourth. He is quickly approaching the single-season BGSU record for rushing yards. He also has a 6.1 yards-per-carry average, and he'd almost certainly have more than seven touchdowns if it were not for walk-on freshman William Houston's ten. I'd anticipate the Falcons will try to get this game over with as quickly as possible (and end the competitive portion quickly, as well), so Greene will undoubtedly again play an important role.
Paul Senn -- Senn has been all over the place on defense and special teams this year for the Falcons. He has 4.5 tackles for loss, including a sack. He also has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, along with a pass break-up and a pass defensed. Of course, he also has that insane blocked punt against Indiana. With injuries depleting depth on Bowling Green's defense, Senn's presence will be even more important against EMU.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Brogan Roback -- The freshman from Maumee, Ohio made a big splash against Western Michigan two weeks ago. Despite completing only 9 of 22 passes, he led the Eagles to the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the game's final minute of regulation, then guided the team to the winning touchdown in overtime. He adds a more dynamic element to the passing game than Tyler Benz provided, but it will be interesting to see how he handles BGSU's defense. If Eastern Michigan is to remain competitive in this game, Roback simply cannot make any mistakes.
Bronson Hill and Ryan Brumfield -- Hill, a junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., is arguably the best player the Eagles have to offer. Hill ranks fifth in the MAC with 103.1 yards per game. Overall, he's rushed for 928 yards and five touchdowns. Against Western Michigan, Hill gained 111 yards and a touchdown. Brumfield, a junior from Chester Springs, Pa., has been getting more carries of late and currently has 444 yards for the season. His yards-per-carry average of 5.7 is actually slightly better than Hill's (5.6). Brumfield earned 148 yards on 15 carries against WMU and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner.
Roback would be helped immensely if Hill and Brumfield can run successfully against BGSU.
TV / Streaming
The game will be available exclusively on ESPN3.com.
Bowling Green fans can listen via the Falcon Radio Network. Access to the live online stream is HERE.
Eastern Michigan fans can listen on WEMU, 89.1 FM. Access to the live online stream is HERE.
If you can't watch or listen (or even if you can) and still want to follow the game, live stats are available HERE.