The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Bowling Green Falcons.
No. 114: Bowling Green Falcons
Spring Practice Starts: March 19
Spring Game: April 14
Bowling Green Spring Status
Is the program about to make that pivot back to greatness?
It’s been a rough first few seasons under Mike Jinks, but the offense perked up over the second half of the year. The defense, though, has to improve in a hurry, the passing attack has to be more efficient, and the wins have to start coming.
There’s experience returning in the secondary, and there’s just enough talent in place to potentially make a big shift. However, with just five wins over FBS teams over the last two years – after going 10-4 in Dino Babers’ final season in 2015 – this is a big offseason for an important year for the near-future of the program.
Bowling Green Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Center, and other parts of the offensive line. Tim McAuliffe was one of the MAC’s best centers, but losing Ryan Hunter at left tackle and Clark Clancy at right guard is a bit of a problem, too. Enough good parts to the skill spots are back to get the O going, but the front five needs to come together this spring in a hurry.
Bowling Green Biggest Issue
Run defense. The Falcons were rumbled over time and time again, allowing 200 rushing yards or more in nine of the 12 games, and gave up 300 or more in four of those. Two starters are gone up front and middle linebacker Nate Locke has to be replaced, but there’s experience returning. Now everyone has to be tougher.
Bowling Green Biggest Positive
Veteran tacklers. The passing game should turn into the biggest positive with a little bit of time, but that needs work to be more efficient and more consistent. The D might have been awful, but at least the players are back with five of the top six and seven of the top nine tacklers back.
There needs to be a lot more from the line and a whole bunch of production behind the line, but the coaching staff isn’t starting from scratch to find options.
Really, Why Are The Bowling Green Falcons Ranked Here?
It’s prove it time. The quarterbacks are experienced and should battle it out for the job, the receivers are good, and the playmakers are there to start doing more in shootouts. Now the defense has to be far, far better.
Again, there’s experience returning – especially in the secondary – but for the nation’s fourth-worst defense, every practice is a must to figure out some wrinkle that works.