In a matchup of the two higher ranked Group of 5 teams in the country thus far this season, Bowling Green (1-1, 0-0 MAC) looks to continue the offensive clinic they have put on so far this season. Last weekend, the Falcons pulled away late from Maryland, beating them 48-27 in a game many thought of as an upset. The victory over the Terps was something we at HustleBelt knew was a possibility when the Falcons were able to hold their own against the Volunteers in week one, before eventually losing the shootout 59-30.
For Memphis, coach Justin Fuente entered this season with expectations the University of Memphis (2-0, 0-0 AAC) usually only sees for the Basketball program. This Tigers team has had no problem getting through the first two games of the season, with last weekend's 55-23 beating of Kansas the latest result. Memphis, just like Bowling Green has a chance to do something special this season.
Here's everything y'all need to know.
Where and When
When- 3:00 PM EDT Saturday, September 19th
Where- Doyt. L. Perry Stadium
How to Watch/Listen
TV/Online Stream- The game can be seen on ESPN3, or the WatchESPN app.
Radio- For Tigers fans looking to catch this game, tune into 600 AM WREC on iHeart Radio. Bowling Green fans can catch the game on 99.1 WFRO.
Odds and Ends
Memphis is currently a four-point road favorite, and the over-under for the game is a lofty 69.5, according to OddsShark.com
Players to Watch
QB Matt Johnson - Could he have possibly dreamed of a better start to this season statistically? While playing two of the "best" Power 5 conferences in the SEC and the B1G, Johnson has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards already (915) while completing 60 percent of his passes, with only one interception. Johnson is going to need to continue that pace in this expected shootout if the Falcons are going to continue their quest towards a January Bowl.
QB Paxton Lynch - Just as the Falcons' offense goes as Johnson does, this Tigers offense goes by the beat of Paxton Lynch. Lynch has had a very good start to the season, throwing for 432 yards, and completing over 80 percent of his passes, with no interceptions. For the Tigers to be able to keep up with the Falcons' offense, Lynch is going to have to have to succeed in the passing game to help the running game develop.