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Preview 2018: Bowling Green Falcons
Is this when Bowling Green becomes one of those funky MAC teams that comes from out of nowhere?
It’s not like the Falcons are all that far removed from success, winning the MAC title in 2015 and 2013 and 36 games over a four-year span. And then head coach Dino Babers left for Syracuse, and he took all of the fun with him.
To be fair to current head man Mike Jinks, there needed to be a complete rebuild done in 2016 – and it showed.
The defense that didn’t stop anyone under Babers stayed bad, but the offense wasn’t there to pick up the slack. The Falcons scored 591 points in 2015, and 602 combined in 2016 and 2017.
But after getting bombed in blowout after blowout in a two-win campaign, there’s hope. This is when that building job needs to pay off, and in the MAC, it’s never crazy to hope for an out-of-the-blue year when it all starts to work.
The offensive line needs a little tinkering after a bad year and the loss of two starters, but the skill guys are solid, and QB Jarret Doege is one of the league’s best young passers. After going young at receiver last year – and Doege getting his feet wet as a freshman – now the passing game should shine.
The defense is just never going to be a rock, but at least it’ll be experienced. Nine starters – give or take the alignment – are back, with Armani Posey and Brandon Harris forming a nice outside linebacking tandem, and safeties Fred Garth and Marcus Milton both tackling machines, mostly because they had to be.
The schedule is way too hard to blow up into a ten-win juggernaut, but Jinks has had two years to get the Falcons to this point, and as long as the offense can start to shine, this might just be your MAC sleeper.