Bowling Green and UMass meet up on Saturday in the first conference game of the year for each school. The Minutemen have been oh-so-close to getting a victory this season but haven't gotten over the hump yet. They'll look to pull the upset over a strong Falcon team that can't afford to trip up if it wants to be in the hunt for the MAC East title.
When UMass has the ball: This could be a great game to find out what kind of defense the Falcons really have. They have had downright awful performances against Western Kentucky and Wisconsin so it will be interesting to see how BGSU defends against the Minutemen's inconsistent offense. The key for the Minutemen is to get the ball to Tajae Sharpe. The Falcons don't have any corner that can counter Sharpe's 6-foot-4 frame. The Minutemen will also try to get there shaky ground game set with the likes of Lorenzo Woodley, J.T. Blyden, and Jamal Wilson.
When BGSU has the ball: Can the Minutemen do anything to stop this offense? The only hope is that James Knapke and the offense struggle to play on the road. Besides this I cannot see anyone on UMass stopping Travis Greene and Fred Coppet. I see no one who can cover Roger Lewis. This offense could easily put up 50 points against the Minutemen.
One interesting factor for this game is the home field advantage. This will be the Minutemen's first game in the newly renovated McGuirk Alumni Stadium. This game could have a homecoming type feel as UMass was unable to get much of a student section back at Gillette Stadium. This excitement could have the Minutemen playing a little extra fire than what we've been seeing.
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3 PM.
Where: McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts
TV: ESPN3. Game being called by Bob Picozzi and Matt Chatham
STREAMING: This game is available to be streamed live via ESPN3 and WatchESPN on the WatchESPN app available for Android, iOS and many streaming devices.
Radio: Falcon fans can listen to it live on the Falcon radio network. UMass fans can hear it at WEEI1440 AM.