The Bowling Green Falcons and the Toledo Rockets meet on Tuesday night at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. As far as the race for the MAC championship goes, this game may not carry the most weight, but IT'S THE BATTLE OF I-75. You can never go wrong when you combine a bitter rivalry with weeknight #MACtion. That's just begging for awesomeness.
The Falcons are attempting to reach a 9-2 overall record for the first time in 12 years and a 7-0 mark in the MAC for the first time since 1994. They've already wrapped up their third consecutive MAC Eastern Division championship and a trip to Detroit, but they're also looking to end a five-game losing streak to Toledo. Virtually ending Toledo's hopes for a division title of their own would also be nice.
The Rockets seek their ninth win of the season and a 9-1 overall record. It would be the fourth time in five seasons that Toledo has reached the nine-win plateau. They'd also move one step closer to their first 10-win season since 2001. With a win, Toledo would improve to 6-1 in the MAC and be just a win over Western Michigan and an NIU loss away from the MAC West title. A loss would all but eliminate the Rockets from the Western race.
Quick Game Info
Game Date, Time: Tuesday, November 17th. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.
Location: Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio
Television: The game will be carried live on ESPN2 with the broadcast team of Mark Neely (PBP), Ray Bentley (color) and Quint Kessenich (sideline).
Streaming: You can stream the game live on the Watch ESPN website or by using the Watch ESPN mobile app.
Radio: BGSU fans can listen via eight different affiliates, including the flagship station WFRO 99.1 FM. They can also listen online here. Toledo fans can listen via the seven-station Rocket Sports Radio Network. The flagship station is 1370-AM WSPD. Live online audio can be found here.
Live stats: Live stats are available through this link, courtesy of BGSU Athletics.
Odds: Bowling Green is currently a seven-point favorite to triumph over Toledo. The over/under for the game is 69 points. (Courtesy of Oddsshark.com)
Weather: According to WTOL.com, the current game-time forecast is for cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-50s and wind out of the southeast at 15 MPH. There is a slight chance of a few rain showers, particularly early in the game.
Series: Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 39-36-4. However, Toledo has won the last five in a row and 14 of the last 20. The last four games have generally been close, with finals of 28-21 (2011), 27-15 (2012), 28-25 (2013) and 27-20 (2014). BGSU's last win in the series was at the Doyt in 2009, when the Falcons ended the Rockets' last losing season, 38-24..
Players To Watch
Travis Greene (RB, BGSU) -- Greene is running as well right now as he did when he gashed the MAC for 1,500 yards in 2013. He put up 170 yards last week against Western Michigan and is now five yards away from becoming BGSU's all-time leading rusher. This year, he has 866 yards (5.8 per carry) and 10 touchdowns. His ability to run between the tackles is key for the Falcons' offense. When he's having a big day, it opens up the pass that much more..
Terrance Bush and Taylor Royster (DL, BGSU) -- Bush and Royster have become disruptive forces against the pass for the Falcons. They are both in the top 12 in the MAC for sacks and have combined for 10.5 this season. Last week against WMU, the Falcons sacked Zach Terrell five times, and Bush and Royster equaled half of that total. BGSU's defense is better when it's pressuring the quarterback, and if they can get to Ely, Toledo could be in trouble..
Phillip Ely (QB, Toledo) -- Ely deserves a lot of credit for leading Toledo to an 8-1 record following a lost season due to injury in 2014, but he has been inconsistent at times. He has a 2-to-1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions (18/9) but completes less than 55% of his passes. His yards-per-attempt is also relatively low at 6.89. Against Northern Illinois, he completed fewer than half of his 33 passes for just 136 yards and was intercepted twice. He played well in the first half against Central Michigan, but UT managed just seven points after halftime in a 28-23 win. Against BGSU, he'll have to be at his best for the Rockets to score with the Falcons.
Trent Voss (DL, Toledo) -- The senior from East Grand Rapids, Mich. leads Toledo with eight QB hurries and has 7.5 tackles for loss. He'll be called on both to pressure Matt Johnson into mistakes and keep Travis Greene bottled up in the backfield. If he can create pressure in both areas, he'll help out the passing defense by freeing up linebackers and forcing early throws. Toledo can't expect to stop BGSU's offense, but a good game by Voss would help slow it down significantly..