The Golden Flashes and Falcons meet on Tuesday night in Bowling Green

MACtion is back on Tuesday night, as Kent State takes on Bowling Green in a matchup of two teams looking to close out the 2018 season on a high note. The Golden Flashes and Falcons both enter Tuesday’s game at 1-7 and have yet to win a contest in MAC play.

The slow start cost Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks his job, as he was dismissed after a 42-35 loss to Western Michigan on Oct. 13. That defeat dropped the Falcons to 1-6 overall and just 7-24 overall under Jinks. Defensive coordinator (and former FAU coach) Carl Pelini was promoted to interim coach and led the team in a 49-14 loss to Ohio on Oct. 20. Bowling Green’s only win in 2017 came against FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky, and three out of the four MAC losses came by 15 points or more. While Jinks recruited well, both sides of the ball remained a question mark throughout his tenure. The defense ranked near the bottom of the MAC, and despite Jinks’ background on offense, the Falcons finished eighth in the conference in scoring in 2017 and ninth in ’16. While Bowling Green has clinched its third consecutive losing season, this is one of the MAC’s top jobs and won’t have trouble finding interested candidates. After all, this is a program that had Urban Meyer and Dino Babers patrolling its sidelines as head coach at one point.

While Bowling Green is looking to find the next leader for its program, Kent State has to be optimistic it found a coach who can elevate this team within the MAC. After the dismissal of Paul Haynes, the Golden Flashes handed the keys to the program to Sean Lewis. The 32-year-old coach had previous MAC experience from a stint at Bowling Green (2014-15). The former Wisconsin tight end comes from the Babers coaching tree and has made a noticeable impact this fall. Kent State gave Illinois all it could handle (31-24) in the opener, lost 38-17 at Ole Miss and has suffered two MAC defeats by one point.

Bowling Green holds a 60-19-6 series edge over Kent State. The Falcons have won five in a row in this series.

Kent State at Bowling Green

Kickoff: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Spread: Kent State -1

Three Things to Watch

1. Kent State QB Woody Barrett

New coach Sean Lewis has a big rebuilding project ahead at Kent State but landing Barrett was a huge pickup in his first recruiting class. The former Auburn signal-caller came to Kent after a year at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College and edged Dustin Crum for the starting job in preseason practice. Barrett has been a difference-maker for Lewis, completing 173 of 286 passes for 1,748 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also added 378 yards and five scores on the ground.

With his ability to hurt defenses with his legs or through the air, Barrett is the type of quarterback that can carry an offense to a victory. And the sophomore should have plenty of opportunities on Tuesday night, as Bowling Green’s defense ranks last in the MAC by giving up 47.8 points a game. Additionally, the Falcons are last in the conference versus the run and pass efficiency defense, give up 7.2 yards per play and have surrendered 11 plays of 40 yards or more.

When Barrett throws, freshman Isaiah McKoy (36 catches) has been his favorite target, but Antwan Dixon (32), Myles Carrigan (31) and Trey Harrell (22) will also factor into the mix. Running back Justin Rankin has caught 14 passes but should do most of his damage on the ground. The junior has 560 yards through eight games and faces a Falcons defense giving up 6.6 yards per carry.

Barrett has been one of the MAC’s top newcomers in 2018, and Pelini’s defense will have its hands full trying to slow down the dynamic sophomore. Can Bowling Green find a way to slow down the FlashFast attack from Kent State?

2. Bowling Green’s Offense

Make no mistake: Tuesday night is going to be tough for the two defenses in this game. Just like Bowling Green’s group will have its hands full trying to slow down Kent State, the Golden Flashes are going to give up their share of yards and points to the Falcons’ offense.

Kent State’s defense is allowing 6.5 yards per play, 35 points a game, ranks eighth in the MAC against the run and 11th in pass efficiency defense. Additionally, this unit has allowed 16 plays of 40 or more yards.

Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege is in the midst of a breakout season. The sophomore is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,078 yards and 20 touchdowns to just eight picks. Doege leads all MAC quarterbacks by averaging 279.8 passing yards in conference-only matchups this season. Senior Scott Miller (48 catches for 785 yards and seven scores) is one of the league’s top receivers, while Quintin Morris and RB Marlow III round out the secondary options. Running back Andrew Clair (495 yards) was also poised for a breakout 2018 campaign, but the sophomore has been limited to just 23 carries over his last four games due to the flow of the game and injury. The extended bye week allowed Clair time to get healthy, but as of Monday, his status was uncertain for the matchup against Kent State.

The Falcons should lean heavily on Doege and Clair (if healthy) on Tuesday night, and assuming that’s the case, can Kent State find a way to slow them down?

3. Turnovers and Timely Stops

Points and yards for both offenses should be aplenty on Tuesday night. Whichever defense can find a way to get timely stops or generate a couple of takeaways is likely to lead their team to a win.

Kent State’s defense has forced 15 takeaways to 10 for Bowling Green this season. The Golden Flashes are first in the MAC in red zone defense, while the Falcons rank 10th. Both teams have struggled to get stops on third down, but Kent State ranks slightly better (10th in the conference to 12th for Bowling Green). And when it comes to generating pressure, Kent State has recorded 18 sacks to just six from the Falcons.

Which side will create enough havoc plays or get stops inside of the 20 to force a field goal attempt instead of a touchdown?

Final Analysis

Expect a high-scoring game with plenty of highlights from the two offenses. Kent State and Bowling Green have both had their share of issues on defense this season, but both offenses are capable of recording yards and touchdowns in a hurry. In a big-picture view of Tuesday night’s game, it certainly seems the Golden Flashes are trending up under Lewis and have a clear identity on what they want to be. On the other sideline, the Falcons have an interim coach and have struggled to be competitive in 2018. Kent State has lost three of its game by seven points or less, including two of its last three matchups in MAC play. Lewis’ team seems due for a few bounces in their direction. The Golden Flashes get a huge effort from Barrett, and this defense makes just enough stops in the fourth quarter to earn their first conference win of 2018.

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NCAA Preview 2016

NCAA Mid-American Football

The 2016 College Football season is almost upon us, so get pumped and ready to play some College Fantasy Football at FanPicks (click to play).

With the season kicking off on August 27th in Sydney, FanPicks will be covering every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the Independants CFB preview, click here. Now let’s get to the NCAA Mid-American Football.

With UMass’ departure from the Mid American Conference, things may get very interesting this year. Will Norther Illinois win its seventh West division in a row?

Northern Illinois has won six consecutive West Division championships but will need to hold back a rising Western Michigan squad and an always-troublesome

Akron Zips

After a disappointing 0-2 start last season, QB Thomas Woodson took over in Week 3 and immediately ignited the Zips.  He tossed for 2,202 yards and rushed for 677, connecting on 19 TDs as Akron went on to record its first 8-win season.  It culminated with a 23-21 upset win over Utah State in the Idaho Potato Bowl, the Zips’ first FBS bowl victory.  Woodson returns as the team’s leading rusher and passer.  He’ll benefit from the arrival of Utah State transfer JoJo Natson, who caught 108 passes and rushed for 612 yards at USU in 2013-14.

 

Bowling Green Falcons

Head coach Mike Jinks begins his first season as Bowling Green’s head coach in 2016. Prior to joining the Red Raiders, Jinks was a National Coach of the Year finalist while at San Antonio powerhouse, Steele High School.  He inherits a team that ran the table for the third straight season against all NCAA Mid-American Football East opponents on their schedule, winning two MAC championships the past three seasons.  Victorious in 36 games the past four seasons, a new era of winning starts in 2016.

Buffalo Bulls

Head coach Lance Leipold came to Buffalo as the fastest coach to win 100 games in NCAA history. They will have to bare with the loss of their QB Joe Licata, the Bulls’ all-time leading passer who started 40 consecutive games. Former Iowa State QB Grant Rohach has transferred in to replace Licata. Their Defensive Line unit is the most experienced in the league.

Ken State Golden Flashes

The Golden Flashes at a tough time last year in many departments. It could all change this year since unlike some of their competition, they will have an abundance of returning starters back in 2016.

 

Miami (OH) RedHawks

Miami has signed 6’4″, 304 LB OL Jordan Diamond, a fifth year transfer from Auburn.  After 2 tough years in which nearly half of their 19 losses were by a touchdown or less, head coach Chuck Martin has a made a top recruiting class in the NCAA Mid-American Football the past 2 seasons, including 29 three-star recruits. He also welcomes 10 starters back on offense from a team that was the 4th youngest in the nation last year.

Ohio Bobcats

After playing through a rash of injuries in 2014, last year’s Bobcats benefited mightily from the force-feeding of young replacements when they won 8 games and a berth in the Camellia Bowl.  We do know that the Bobcats have not had a losing season since 2006 and Solich is the active coach with the most wins in the NCAA Mid-American Football conference right now.

Ball State Cardinals

After being the only team in the nation to have upped its season win totals every year from 2010 to 2013 as well as re-signing Pete Lembo, to a new 5-year deal that made him the highest paid coach in the NCAA Mid-American Football. Mike Neu, former quarterback with the Cardinals and most recently QB coach with the New Orleans Saints will take over.

 

Central Michigan Chippewas

The Chippewas somehow came within 2 points of winning the MAC West despite tons of injuries, while battling mighty Michigan State and Oklahoma State right down to the wire.  With four wide receivers back who gathered in over 500 passing years apiece in 2015, look for Rush to be in league MVP talks this campaign.

 

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Eagles set out to become very tough under head coach Chris Creighton.  According to Creighton, the wealth of experience led by high-ceiling QB Brogan Roback and explosive RB Shaq Vann, plus an entire cast of returning linemen on both sides of the ball should help their squad get back on the proper lane.

 

Northern Illinois Huskies

With 6 MAC West titles in a row, the Huskies have learned to win games consistently.  Lurry lead the nation in interceptions last season and will be a Jim Thorpe award contender in 2016.

 

Toledo Rockets

Fueled by 28 winning seasons in the last 35 years, the Rockets have gone 6-2 or better in conference clashes 5 of the last 6 years.  However, despite winning 7 or more games in each of those years, they haven’t played in a MAC title game in 12 years.  Brutal losses to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan denied them once again.

 

Western Michigan Broncos

QB Zach Terrell and his top target, WR Corey Davis each will return to action this week. Davis is currently the active leading receiver with 33 career receiving TDs and could possibly end up being one of the best to ever play the position in the NCAA Mid-American Football.

 

 

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Toledo Rockets versus Bowling Green Falcons College Football Cash League Fantasy Picks 11-17-2015

There is college football from the MAC conference for Tuesday night as the Bowling Green Falcons will host the Toledo Rockets. DFS one day league managers can tune to ESPN2 TV at 6PM Eastern Time on November 17th to follow the results of their fantasy roster picks.

 

The Rockets have had success against the Falcons in recent seasons with five straight wins in lower than expected scoring games. Toledo is 8-1 on the year and had their dreams of a perfect season go awry following their 32-17 defeat on November 3rd to Northern Illinois that cost the Rockets a shot at a New Year’s Day Bowl Game. They did respond well from that loss as they traveled to Central Michigan last week and earned a 28-23 road victory. With two games remaining the Rockets still have hopes for a MAC conference west title as they sit in a three way tie with Northern Illinois and Western Michigan at 5-1 in the division. Toledo is a high scoring team as the club averages nearly 35 points a game good for 33rd best from college football. They are a well balanced offensive team passing for 251 yards and running for 216 yards per game as they sit at 26th in the nation in total offense. Defensively Toledo has held their own limiting opponents to 18.8 points per game which is 20th best from college football.

 

Bowling Green resides in the MAC conference East Division as they have an overall record of 8-2 and are 6-0 in conference. They have wrapped up the MAC Conference East and will play in the MAC conference championship game. Falcons enter play with a seven game winning streak after winning at Western Michigan 41-27 last week. They have been a point scoring machine the past five games scoring no fewer than 41 points. Bowling Green has been an explosive offense this year. They are a top five team in three of the key areas of college football. They put up 584 yards per game good for fifth best in the country. They are fourth best in the nation in scoring offense by averaging 45.4 points per game. On the other end of the ball the Falcons are 99th in total defense by allowing 439 yards per game.

 

Toledo Rockets QB:

Phillip Ely

 

Ely a senior quarterback is completing 54.7% of his passes this year for 2192 yards with 18 touchdowns and 9 picks. He is coming off a great game last week at Central Michigan where he threw for 322 yards for two touchdowns. Ely has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in five of his past six games. He does not run much with five yards on the ground on 18 carries.

 

Toledo Rockets RB:

Terry Swanson

 

The Rockets running back leads the team with 749 rushing yards on 107 carries with five touchdowns. Two weeks ago against Northern Illinois he had a very good game rushing for 133 yards on 16 carries. He has rushed for over 100 yards in four of the eight games this season.

 

Toledo Rockets WR:

Cody Thompson

 

The sophomore wide out has been a big play receiver for the Rockets this year. He has caught 27 balls for 553 yards with four touchdowns. Thompson is averaging 20.5 yards per catch on the season. Last week at Central Michigan it was Thompson with four grabs for 62 yards.

 

Bowling Green Falcons QB:

Matt Johnson

 

Johnson in his senior season has put up some outstanding numbers. He is completing 69.1% of his throws this year for 3955 yards with 36 touchdowns and four picks. He has rushed for three touchdowns on the campaign. Johnson has thrown for three touchdowns or greater in five straight games.

 

Bowling Green Falcons RB:

Travis Greene

 

The Falcons back leads the club with 866 yards rushing on 149 carries with ten touchdowns. Last week Greene had 24 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He has six rushing touchdowns in two straight games.

 

Bowling Green Falcons WR:

Roger Lewis

 

The sophomore wide out has caught 69 passes on the campaign for 1310 yards with 14 touchdowns. He has two touchdown catches in three of his past four games.

 

College Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Matt Johnson (Bowling Green Falcons)

RB: Travis Greene (Bowling Green Falcons)

WR: Roger Lewis (Bowling Green Falcons)

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Ohio Bobcats versus Bowling Green Falcons College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-4-2015

The MAC conference is again featured as the Bowling Green Falcons will host the Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday night. Fantasy college football draft managers can tune to ESPN2 TV at 8PM Eastern Time on November 4th to track the DFS roster picks from their one day leagues.

 

Ohio has lost three straight against Bowling Green including their 31-13 defeat at home last year. The Bobcats are on a two game losing streak as they gave up 49 points at home to Western Michigan three weeks ago in a loss and two weeks ago they dropped a 41-17 road decision at Buffalo. The Bobcats are the 93rd ranked scoring offense from college football as they put up just 25.5 points a game on the season.

 

Bowling Green is 6-2 on the year. Their losses came on the road to Tennessee by 29 points in their opener and in week three they lose 44-41 to the undefeated Memphis Tigers. The Falcons carries a five game win streak in this spot which includes a 35-28 road win at Purdue. They too are on a bye week. Two weeks ago Bowling Green defeated Kent St 48-0. The Falcons have averaged 56 points per game over their past three games all resulting in blowout victories. The club is the top passing team from college football as they pass for 434 yards per game.

 

Ohio Bobcats QB:

 

Derrius Vick

 

The senior quarterback is completing 63.6% of his throws for 1652 yard with nine touchdowns and six picks. He has not run much this year with 56 carries for 16 yards. Two weeks ago in the loss at Buffalo Vick hit on 62% of his throws for 321 yards with no touchdowns and three picks.

 

Ohio Bobcats RB:

 

Daz’mon Patterson

 

Patterson leads the Bobcats with 78 rushing attempts for 335 yards and seven touchdowns. He is running for 4.3 yards a carry. There has not been much production in the passing game for the senior running back as he has grabbed 14 balls for 43 yards.

 

A.J. Ouellette

 

Just a sophomore, Ouellette has run for 269 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns. He rushes for 4.1 yards a carry which is well below the 4.9 yards a carry during his freshman campaign.

 

Ohio Bobcats WR:

 

Sebastian Smith

 

Smith leads the unit with 41 receptions for 501 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 12.2 yards per catch on the year. The junior wide receiver had nine receptions for 79 yards at Buffalo two weeks ago in defeat.

 

Brendan Cope

 

The junior wide receiver is second on the Bulls with 24 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He has a very good 15.3 yards per reception average. Cope caught seven passes for 52 yards last week at the Bulls.

 

Bowling Green Falcons QB:

 

Matt Johnson

 

The Falcons signal caller has been very accurate this year hitting on 70.1% of his throws for 3321yards with 29 touchdowns and three picks. He came off a huge game two weeks ago in the win at Kent St as the senior quarterback completed 67% of his passes for 430 yards with five touchdowns. He has thrown for five touchdowns in his past three games all resulting in wins. In the home loss to undefeated Memphis Johnson passed for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Johnson has contributed in the run game with 152 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 74 carries.

 

Bowling Green Falcons RB:

 

Travis Greene

 

Greene leads the Falcons on the ground with 112 carries for 590 yards and four touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.3 yards a carry. The senior running back has caught 18 passes out of the backfield on the campaign for 155 yards with two touchdowns.

 

Bowling Green Falcons WR:

 

Roger Lewis

 

The Bowling Green sophomore running back leads the time by a wide margin with 58 receptions on the year for 1122 yards with 11 touchdowns. Lewis is averaging a career high 19.3 yards per reception average. In the win at Kent St it was Roger Lewis catching four balls for 102 yards and two touchdowns and he averaged 25.5 yards per catch.

 

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Matt Johnson (Bowling Green)

RB: Travis Greene (Ohio)

WR: Roger Lewis (Bowling Green), Sebastian Smith (Ohio)

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