Bowling Green-South Dakota Preview

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Saturday evening in Bowling Green, Ohio will mark the first ever matchup between the BGSU Falcons and South Dakota Coyotes. The Coyotes are coming to town with a win under their belts from week one, while the Falcons are coming off a lopsided loss at Michigan State. Head coach Mike Jinks saw some early success from his Falcon team, as the defense forced a Spartan turnover in the opening drive, leading to the Falcons scoring first. BGSU recovered three fumbles against the Spartans. Jinks will surely use that as momentum going forward.

Bowling Green has history in their favor in their matchup against South Dakota. The Falcons are 8-1 in their last nine home openers and 13-2 all-time against Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents, though most of those matchups include an 8-0 record facing Southern Illinois. A win for the Falcons will improve those records to 9-1 in their last ten home openers and 14-2 all-time against MVFC opponents. BGSU looks to improve their record to 10-0 against FCS opponents since 2000 with a victory against South Dakota. The Falcons saw six redshirt freshmen and six true freshman players take the field last week, showing that the future is bright with potential in Bowling Green. Coach Jinks will likely look to increase the playing time of those freshmen this week.

Looking at the stat line, it appears that South Dakota holds an advantage over BGSU. Obviously only one week has passed in the new season, but one week can be enough momentum for a team to gain the confidence to do some crazy things. The Falcons averaged 383 yards in their last two home games and plan to improve that stat. In last week’s game, the Falcons scored 10 points, gained nine first-downs and gained 67 rushing yards with 145 passing yards to total 212 yards of offensive production. The Falcon defense allowed 35 points, 215 rushing yards and 250 passing yards to total 465 yards allowed.

South Dakota fared better in their week one matchup. The Coyotes scored 77 points on 32 first-downs, 321 rushing yards and 281 passing yards for a total of 602 offensive yards. Defensively the Coyotes allowed only seven points, -1 yards rushing and 148 passing yards, adding up to a total of 147 yards allowed. South Dakota will obviously want to improve on those numbers with a win over an FBS opponent.

A win for Bowling Green will allow the Falcons to start the season 1-1 for the fourth consecutive year. Nate Locke will look to add to his tackle total of 15 on the season so far and currently sits in the top ten in the nation for tackles. BGSU’s three fumble recoveries in week one tie them at the top of the list for most in the country. Despite having a line chalked up in the loss column after week one, Mike Jinks appears to have his Falcons on the right path to success. The Falcon faithful are surely awaiting their return to the Mid-American Conference championship game.

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I’m Brian Bertke and I am a general sports fan. I follow football and baseball the most but I can find nearly all sports interesting. The teams you will likely see me cheering on will be the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds and Bowling Green State University Falcons. While I did start my college studies at BGSU, I graduated from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in sports management and business administration and graduated with a master’s in business administration three years after that. My dream is to have a form of ownership of a professional sports franchise, but writing about sports can be just as interesting.