When the Massachusetts Minutemen played host to the Bowling Green Falcons in 2014 for UMass' Homecoming game, the two teams gave fans a contest that was the very definition on #MACtion.
UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel set school and conference records for passing with 589 yards and 5 TDs but that wasn't enough as the Minutemen ended up on the short end after a fumble on the final drive of the game, losing 47-42.
The season the Minutemen travel to Ohio and look to return the favor in a match-up that is as must-see as it gets two weeks into conference play. This game is a pivotal contest in the MAC East standings that could potentially determine who the East division champion is. BGSU are currently 13.5-point favorites, but they will not be caught looking past a UMass team with their own powerful offense, especially through the air.
As BGSU head coach Dino Babers says, make sure you buy a ticket for this, it's going to be a good one.
Quick Game Info
Game location, time: Saturday, October 10th at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio
TV: This game will not be on television.
Stream: The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Click here to watch.
Radio: For UMass fans: The game can be heard on the radio in Massachusetts and New England at 105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Manchester, Providence), and 830 AM WCRN (Worcester). You can stream the audio here if you're outside Massachusetts, or you can download the Tune-In Radio App for mobile listening.
For BGSU fans: The game can be heard live on the Falcon Radio Network, and a list of affiliate stations can be found here. The game can also be streamed online at BGSUFalcons.com. You can download the Tune-In app for mobile listening as well.
Players to watch
Blake Frohnapfel, QB, UMass - Frohnapfel finally had the type of game Saturday vs. FIU that many fans were expecting earlier in the year. Last year's All-MAC quarterback looked the part while putting up a stat line of 32/42, 363/3/0. And who can forget last year's aforementioned 589-yard performance against these same Falcons. Frohnapfel is going to have to have his A-game in what is sure to be another shootout. The good news for him is the BGSU secondary is perhaps the weakest part of a below-average Falcon defense.
Roger Lewis, WR, BGSU & Randall Jette, CB, UMass - This is a classic strength vs. strength matchup for the Falcon offense and the Minutemen defense. Lewis is probably the MAC's best receiver (with arguments to be made for UMass' Tajae Sharpe) and Jette is arguably the best corner. No one is going to completely shut down Lewis, who has three 200-yard receiving performances this season alone, but if anyone can slow him down to a manageable level, it's Jette. If Jette can win that battle and at the very least keep Lewis out of the end zone, it's a victory for UMass.
Matt Johnson, QB, BGSU - Johnson is without question the best quarterback in the MAC right now, and he has the gaudy numbers to back it up. With 2,084 yards and 14 TDs to only 2 INTs, Johnson is staking a claim on being one of the best QBs in the country, let alone the MAC. He missed last season's slugfest with the Minutemen when he was out injured, but he should be licking his chops for a shot at a UMass defense that has had issues slowing teams down. Even if Lewis is minimized by Jette, Johnson has numerous other options to choose from, and the UMass secondary will be tested all day by the #FalconFast offense.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, UMass - Sharpe is working his way up draft boards by just catching everything in sight and putting up 100-yard games. He has also been consistently single-covered, which is mind-boggling considering what he is capable of. If BGSU makes a similar mistake expect them to pay the price for it.
Travis Greene, RB, BGSU - Greene has been splitting time with RB Fred Coppet, but should look to get the majority of the carries on Saturday against a UMass run defense that has been poor this season. His already impressive numbers could increase on Saturday.