2017 Football Preview – MAC – Falcons
Looking for 2017 Bowling Green Falcons predictions? The Falcons endured a very tough 2016 season finishing with a 4-8 record and once again missed out on a bowl game. But there was some positives to take away from their season. They did finish the season on a three game winning steak against teams that are in the East division with them.
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The offense played better towards the end of the season and most of the players that contributed to that success are back this year.
So can they build off those positives and take another step forward this year? Or will the new season bring new struggles for this team?
2017 Bowling Green Falcons Predictions: Team Strengths
Late offensive success: Early last season Bowling Green tried to have success by throwing the ball, and although they did have some success with that statistically, throwing the ball wasn’t turning into wins.
Well something changed the last few games and that was they started to run the ball, and that opened up the passing game, which led them to success.
The running game should be decent again this year and that should open up the passing game for James Morgan. In seven starts last year he passed for 2082 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Josh Cleveland is back running the ball, and he should have a breakout season. He is a change of pace back that averaged over nine yards a carry during that three game winning streak.
After another off season in the weight room I don’t know if he will be able to keep up that pace per carry, but he should do a better job of being an all around back.
Fresh Backfield: Tarean Folston was poised for a big season, but an ACL injury in the first game of the season put an abrupt end to his 2015.
Folston is now back to 100% and with the year off, he has had a lot of time to get himself back. In 2015, Folston finished with 889 yards to go along with a touchdown.
Notre Dame managed to win 10 games without him last season. With him in the back field next to one of their talented QBs? Well, lets just say the options are endless.
2017 Bowling Green Falcons Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Too Many Turnovers: A lot of the problems the offense suffered last year, was because they turned the ball over way too much.
Last year between all the quarterbacks the Falcons had 25 interceptions. It’s hard for any team to have success when they are throwing over two interceptions a game.
A lot of the reason for their interception was because they put themselves in third down and long and that led to a lot of poor throws for the quarterbacks.
Problems on Defense: Last year the defense started out terrible, and although they did get a bit better as the year went on, they still were the weak point of the team.
They gave up 38.3 points per game and 464.3 yards per game.
Now that number no doubt will go down with the starters from last year getting one year older, but I would still expect them to really struggle and it will probably be the downfall of the team.
Bowling Green Falcons Prediction: 9-3
I think Bowling Green will improve this year, but the question is how much.
They have a pretty tough non conference schedule and there probably is only one maybe two wins to be had there, so if they are going to have success they need it to come in conference play.
I think they will improve by one win and they won’t start off with only one win in their first nine weeks, but the results will still leave them one win short of a bowl game.
2017 Bowling Green Falcons Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 12:00 PM ET @MSU
- 9/9/17 6:00 PM ET SDAK
- 9/16/17 7:30 PM ET @NW
- 9/23/17 7:00 PM ET @MTU
- 9/30/17 TBD AKR
- 10/7/17 TBD @M-OH
- 10/14/17 3:30 PM ET OHIO
- 10/21/17 TBD NIU
- 10/31/17 TBD @KENT
- 11/7/17 TBD @BUFF
- 11/15/17 TBD TOL
- 11/21/17 TBD @EMU
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