Ohio (5-3, 2-2) at Bowling Green (6-2, 4-0)
When: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Where: Doyt L. Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ESPN2
The Ohio Bobcats, who have been smoked in their last two contests, will now travel to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons’ number 1 passing attack. The Bobcats started the season off well by winning their first three games, but fell in a heart-breaker at Minnesota 27-24. They rebounded by winning their first two conference games before losing their latest two 49-14 to Western Michigan and 41-17 at Buffalo. Ohio relies primarily on the passing game as their rushing attack ranks 111th out of 128 in the country. Senior QB Derrius Vick leads the passing attack completing 63.6% of his passes for 1,652 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He threw for 321 yards in last week’s loss to Buffalo, but also threw three interceptions. His favorite target is Junior Sebastian Smith who has 41 catches for 501 yards and 5 scores, but has yet to break the 100-yard mark in a game this season. The defense isn’t too bad against the pass allowing less than 200 yards a game through the air, but they will be severely tested tonight.
The Bowling Green Falcons have the top ranked passing attack in the country led by Matt Johnson. He’s having an absolutely incredible season passing for 3,321 yards while completing over 70% of his passes. His 29 touchdown passes ranks him 2nd in FBS behind Brandon Doughty’s 30 for Western Kentucky. Johnson has passed for over 400 yards in six of his eight games this season including 430 last week against Kent State. In his last three games, he has 15 touchdowns and only 1 interception. The Falcons’ only two losses came to Tennessee and Memphis. Their offense is ranked 4th in the country thanks to Johnson, but only 82nd in rushing. No surprise there since they throw on just about every play. Their defense is starting to play better in the last couple of games limiting Akron and Kent State to 10 total points. A win today would almost clinch the MAC East title and get them that much closer to the Championship Game in December against anyone of four teams from the West.
I really can’t see Ohio keeping up with Bowling Green here tonight. The line is high and the public is heavy on the Falcons, but I believe in the public tonight.
Pick: Bowling Green -21