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BOWLING GREEN vs. SAN JOSE STATE
Thursday, Dec. 27, 3:00 pm
This matchup might not seem sexy, but it should be a fantastic game. Bowling Green has the MAC’s best defense ranking seventh in the nation in yards allowed and ninth in points allowed. San Jose State’s passing game is loaded ranking second in the nation in efficiency. Both teams can bring the house. The Spartans have a few elite pass rushers who help lead the way to the nation’s fifth best defense at getting to the quarterback, while the Falcons are ninth in the country at hitting the passer. Motivation will hardly be a problem. San Jose State’s last bowl game was in 2006 and has gone to just one post-season game since 1990. Bowling Green has dabbled in bowls over the last few years, but have only eight appearances all-time and have lost their last two. The WAC proved a far stronger conference this season than most expected and San Jose State played a major role in that development as it finished with a 10-2 record. Not only did the Spartans, who finished just behind first place Utah State in the conference standings with a 5-1 league record, compile double digit wins, they did so against a schedule that featured bowl teams in Stanford, San Diego State, Utah State, Navy, and BYU. Bowling Green finished short of 10 wins and it also placed second in the MAC’s East Division behind an 11-2 Kent State team; however, it did put together its best season since 2007. The Falcons, after a 1-3 start, steamrolled their way through the remainder of their schedule, finishing on a 7-1 run with the school’s only loss coming against the aforementioned Golden Flashes.
Although this was one game early on that I didnt have a complete feel on, the coaching change at San Jose State, who will be coaching in the game,etc? I have San Jose State winning the game by a field goal but this is just too many points for a team traveling cross country into the cold and although Bowling Green may not win this game outright they will keep it close and get us a nice win here to start off the day.