Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
This Years Record: 1-1 (0-0 T-2nd in MAC East)
Head Coach: Dino Babers (1st Year)
Overall: 20-8 (.714)
At Bowling Green: 1-1
Last Years Record: 10-4 (7-1) Lost Heart of Dallas Bowl 58-14 to Oklahoma State
Bowls Since 2000: 6 Appearances (2-4 Record)
Mascot: Freddie and Frieda Falcon
Colors: Orange and Brown
National Titles: 4 (1928, 1948, 1956, 1959)
Conference Titles: 11 Mid-American Conference
Heisman Winners: 0
Fun Fact: Bowling Green and Toledo play for a trophy called the Peace Pipe
1. The Special Teams Unit is Pretty Darn Good
Everybody remembers when Paul Senn literally took the ball off of Erich Toth’s foot last year for a score. Well, the Falcons are at it again as they returned a punt 75 yards as well as a blocked punt for touchdowns. Ryan Burbrink is a game breaker in the punt return game averaging 21 yards per return with a long of 75. Special teams can be the great equalizer in a game featuring a power-five conference team and a MAC school.
2. Despite Losing Johnson #FalconFast Can Still Light Up the Scoreboard-
The Falcons lost their starting quarterback, Matt Johnson, for the year following their season opener against Western Kentucky. That has not changed their philosophy of playing Falcon Fast. James Knapke, a sophomore out of Ft. Wayne, ran the offense well in his first collegiate start. He was 22 of 31 passing for 237 yards and a touchdown and finished with a passer rating of 139.38. Knapke also had 18 yards and a score on the ground. The Falcons offense is averaging seven yards per play and just under 500 yards per game.
3. Travis Greene Can Run for Green –
Running back Travis Greene was the second part of an offensive duo that was supposed to be lights out for the Falcons in 2014. While Matt Johnson is out for the season, Greene is still doing his thing. In the first two games of 2014 Greene has racked up 220 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He is coming off a 2013 season that saw him break the school’s rushing record, with 1,594 yards, that had stood since Fred Durig set it way back in 1954. At 5’10” he is not a huge running back, but he has the speed and quickness to get to the second level and bust for big plays. Greene is also a threat in the passing game with four receptions so far this season.
4. Roger Lewis is A Threat Receiving-
The freshman from Ohio has broken onto the college scene nicely. He enrolled early at BGSU to get a head start on his career. In two career games Lewis has 14 catches for 217 yards and a score. He has the ability to make plays down field, highlighted by a 51-yard touchdown catch against VMI last week.