Sunday, August 22, 2010
MAC 2010-Bowling Green Falcons
2009 Record: 7-6 (6-2)
Head Coach: Dave Clawson (2nd season, 7-6)
Offensive Coordinator: Warren Ruggiero (2nd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Elko (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: Humanitarian Bowl, lost to Idaho 43-42
Offense: The Falcons offensive leaders from last season are all gone. RB Willie Geter is the only sure thing at the skil positions this season. He will not and cannot be the focus of the offense, because he simply isn't skilled enough for that job. 4 different players are fighting for the QB job, and none of them have much, if any, experience. There are many WRs available, but again, none of them match the talent of Freddie Barnes, and he has packed his bags. There are only two returning starters on the line. This is a complete rebuild job.
Defense: The Falcons need to stop the run, They were fine against the pass last season (38th), but teams ran right through the BG D. There are problems aplenty again for the Falcons, as only 2 starters return from 2009 (DE Angelo Magnone and CB Adrien Spencer).This is going to be rough.
Special Teams: Again...a total rebuild job from the ground up.
Wins; 10/2 Buffalo, 10/16 Kent State, 11/10 Miami (Ohio)
Toss Up Games: 9/4 @ Troy, 9/18 Marshall, 10/2 @ Ohio, 11/26 Western Michigan
Losses: 9/11 @ Tulsa, 9/25 @ Michigan, 10/16 @ Temple, 10/30 @ Central Michigan, 11/17 @ Toledo
While it is possible that the Falcons could bust out to another minor bowl this season, I wouldn't call those chances very realistic. There was just way to much loss from last season, and I am not sure how many of the toss games can flip their way. They have to win them all to even get a sniff, and the road games are going to be very tough.
Outlook: The next two years will be interesting if this group comes together. There are far to many starters and far too many questions to expect the world in 2010. Clawson will get this team tgoether, and will fight all seaosn, but it may all be for naught.