2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 106 Bowling Green Falcons
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Bowling Green Falcons
No. 106: Bowling Green Falcons
Bowling Green Falcons Prespring Status
Can Mike Jinks crank things back up in his second season? It was a rebuilding year in every way, but the passing game and the O went from an unstoppable MAC champion under Dino Babers, to a disastrous, fizzling mess at times. However, everything started to kick in late, getting past a miserable first nine games to win the final three and close out with a bang. Now there’s more experience, Jinks has a year under his belt, and the program has more hope. But it has a long, long way to go after having a nightmare of a time in area after area – that’s where having a slew of returning veterans should help, except …
Bowling Green Falcons Biggest Issue
The O line needs a gut job. And here’s the big problem that might sink all the positives. For all the issues across the board, the pass protection was okay and the running game wasn’t all that miserable. Now the Falcons have to replace four of the starters on the offensive front, only returning C Tim McAuliffe and needing the entire spring to figure out how to put all the puzzle pieces in place.
Bowling Green Falcons Biggest Positive
The receiving corps now knows what it’s doing. The Falcons saw their passing game production crash by almost half of what it did in 2015, but they lost four of their top five receivers. Now they only lose one of the top targets – everyone else who caught a pass was a running back. Scott Miller returns after grabbing 74 passes and ten of the team’s 19 touchdown throws, and Teo Redding and Marquis Zimmerman are also back after getting better and better as the year went on. James Morgan might have thrown too many interceptions, and he struggled – even in the three-game-winning streak – but at least he’s experienced after fighting through his freshman season.
Really, Why Are The Bowling Green Falcons Ranked Here?
Will so much experience really turn into production in a turnaround campaign? The jury is still out for a team that had the third-worst turnover margin in college football, was a disaster at times offensively, and was painfully inefficient for way too many stretches. There are too many problems to assume there will be a night-and-day difference to get back to MAC championship prominence, but there are too many positives in place to not be better.