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Bowling Green vs Western Kentucky: College Football Week 1 Preview and Analysis

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky – The Bowling Green Falcons finished 10-4 after a 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh in the Little Caesar’s Bowl and open up with a game against in-town rival the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers who finished 8-4 with a 34-31 win over Arkansas State.

The Falcons averaged 35 points a game on offense last season led by the duo of juniors in quarterback Matt Johnson (3,467 yards passing, 238 yards rushing, 25 passing TD, 5 rushing TD) and running back Travis Greene (1,594 rushing yards, 11 TD). However, the offense will be practically all new at wide out and young on the offensive line.

Bowling Green allowed 16 points a game. Senior DJ Lynch (85 tackles, 8 for loss, 2 sacks) looks to anchor what should remain a solid defense in the middle. The front seven will be the strength of the unit with a lot of game experience coming back while the secondary will be led by senior safety Rylan Ward (81 tackles, 2 INT, 7 PD).

New head coach Jeff Brohm takes over an offense that averaged nearly 31 points a game last season. However, the biggest loss offensively was leading rusher Antonio Andrews who contributed 1,734 rush yards and 16 rushing touchdowns while hauling in 41 passes for 478 yards last season. Junior Leon Allen will have the responsibility of making up the load. Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty (2,857 passing yards, 14 TD, 14 INT) will continue to guide the offensive unit and will have the benefit of top target, senior receiver Willie McNeal (46 catches, 599 yards, 5 TD). Senior tight end Mitchell Henry will be counted on to contribute (25 catches, 305 yards, 2 TD) with a young offensive line.

WKU allowed 25 points a game and will have to fill huge holes left by the departures of Xavius Boyd and Bar’ee Boyd who combined for 143 tackles, 25.5 for loss, 14 sacks and six passes defensed. The returning starters are on the defensive line with junior defensive end Gavin Rocker expected to lead this unit that is young and inexperienced.

Keys for Bowling Green Win

Johnson and Greene need to keep the offense chugging and get an early lead so Lynch and the defense can control the game.

Keys For Western Kentucky Win

Doughty cannot turn the ball over and must operate the offense in a manner of controlling the clock to keep Falcons’ experienced offense from exploiting inexperience on defense.

Key Injuries :

None

Favorite:

Latest Line, Bowling Green -7.5

Conclusion:

Bowling Green is experienced and more talented all-around and will look to exploit those deficiencies.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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