Dino Babers starts year two as the head coach of Bowling Green with a brutal non-conference schedule. To start, he takes his Falcons into Nashville to take on the 25th ranked Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Tennessee Titan's L.P. Field will hold about 30,000 less Rocky Top fans than the Vols home stadium in Knoxville, but that doesn't mean it will be any easier for the Falcons.
Bowling Green has played respectable against the last two Southeastern Conference opponents they have played, Mississippi State and Florida. This one might be different because the Vols are talented and a team on the rise in the SEC. Plus, the Falcons have a defense that features nine new starters. Not a good combination if you're a Falcon fan.
The Falcons are loaded on offense and it might be the best in the MAC. But, they might have to score too much against an SEC defense to bail out their defense. But, as last year showed, you never know what's going to happen in a college football opener.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: This game is on Saturday, September 5, 2015; kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm (EST).
Location: The two will meet up at L.P. Field in Nashville, Tennessee, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
TV: This game will be available on SEC Network.
Radio: Available on the Falcon Radio Network. Click HERE to listen online at BGSUFalcons.com.
Online streaming: There is no streaming of this game..
Players to Watch
Matt Johnson (QB, BGSU) - He's proven that when healthy, he can be the best quarterback in the MAC. His injured hip seems healed but we won't really know until he goes at game speed and takes that first big hit. He'll also have to shake off the rust that comes with not having played in a year. Plus, did he adequately pick-up the new offense watching from the sidelines last year?
Roger Lewis (WR, BGSU) - He did things as a freshman last year that nobody has ever done before at Bowling Green. First freshman to have 1,000 yards receiving, set home stadium record with a 16-catch game, first BG freshman in 33 years to be named All-MAC. What does he have to do for an encore? Falcons are loaded with receivers so it may be hard for him to duplicate last year's numbers.
Tyler Tate (K, BGSU) - Arguably the best kicker in the MAC coming into this year. He has been the model of consistency the last three years since stabilizing the position for the Falcons as a redshirt freshman in 2012. His 23 field goals last season set a BG record. His 48 career FGs already have him atop the all-time list for Falcon kickers. He adds another element to a dynamite offense for the Falcons.
Joshua Dobbs (QB, Tennessee) - Rocky Top Nation is optimistic that the Vols have turned a corner and will content again in the SEC. Much of the hopefulness is because of junior quarterback Dobbs. He started the last five games, going 4-1 as Vols averaged 36.7 points and 431 yards of offense per game. Was named the MVP of the TaxSlayer Bowl game, as Vols beat Iowa 45-28.
Curt Maggitt (LB/DL, Tennessee) - Leads a very physical Vol defense. Has 48 tackles and a team-best 11 sacks last year, good for third the SEC. This all came in a come-back season after he missed all of 2013 recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. Vols line him up at both linebacker and defensive line in their defensive scheme. Falcons' offensive line will have to account for him on every play.