The 2 and 9 Bowling Green Falcons take the short trek up US-23 to Ypsilanti where they will face the 4 and 7 Eastern Michigan Eagles. Both teams would like a win at Rynearson Stadium so that they can end their respective seasons on a high note. So what can we expect?
When Bowling Green has the ball.
The Falcon offense is led by quarterback Jarret Doege who has played in six game this season, of which he has started four. He averages 187 yards per game for a 64% completion rate. He has only two picks but is behind a line that has given up 29 sacks this season. The Bowling Green running game has averaged 146 yards per game this season and time is split between Andrew Clair and Josh Cleveland. Receptions are pretty much split between Scott Miller and Teo Redding. The Bowling Green offense has scored almost 25 points per game.
They are facing a tough Eagle defense that has 28 sacks this year. Eleven of those sacks came through the efforts of Maxx Crosby. Some of that duty has been handled by Jeremiah Harris who has six of them. While the Eagles defense hasn’t been prolific in the interception department, they have recovered 9 fumbles. At least a couple of those have been through strip sacks. The Eagles defense has been effective keeping scoring down by limiting opponents to 22.64 points per game.
When Eastern Michigan has the ball.
The Eagles offense will once again be led by senior quarterback Brogan Roback, who will be playing his final game for the Eagles. He’s pretty effective at moving the ball by averaging 256 yards per game. But it seems like he has been forcing throws too much and has been picked 14 times. His main target is Sergio Bailey who averages 76 yards per game. The Eastern Michigan running game hasn’t been anything to write home about this season but it has been picking up a little steam.
The Eagles are facing a Bowling Green defense that is almost the polar opposite of theirs. They have 8 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries but those are probably the only positives of the Falcon defense. They have given up 252 yards on the ground per game and 265 yards per game through the air. On scoring, they aren’t much better by giving up 38 points per game.
What to Expect.
Once again, I expect to see the Eagles lay a beatdown on the Falcons. Maybe not quite to level of the Ball State game but close. It would be a great send off for the seniors who stuck with the team while it was in chaos. If you are unable to attend the game, you can catch it on ESPN3. Or you can listen to it at wemu.org.