Each game, we'll get the inside look at Virginia Tech's opponent by talking with the opposing team's beat writer. This week, we spoke with Sentinel-Tribune sports editor Jack Carle to get the inside look at Bowling Green.
1) Does Bowling Green still have confidence from being able to hang with Florida the first game?
Carle: I would say the Falcons' confidence has been diminished with the loss to arch-rival Toledo[/tm. While everyone is saying the right thing, falling behind 17-0 is never a good thing. The coaches may try to use the success at [tm]Florida as motivation, but I'm not sure it will work.
2) The offense looks to be pretty steady, averaging over 300 yards through the first three games. What's been the key?
Carle: The passing attack has been OK, but except for the Idaho game, the Falcons have not been able to throw the ball down the field on a consistent basis.
Quarterback Matt Schilz has made good decisions for the most part and receivers such as redshirt freshmen Chris Gallon and Ryan Burbrink have emerged. Also, Bowling Green's offensive line is better this year and has provided good portection.
3) Are the Falcons reliant on the running game or can the passing game get going?
Carle: Running back Anthon Samuel rushed for 100 yards against Toledo, but without any deep passing threat, the Bowling Green offense was held to two touchdowns. In my mind, it has to be a combination of both and so far this season that hasn't happened.
4) What's allowed Bowling Green's opponents to have so much success against the Falcons' defense?
Carle: There's a lot of experience back on the defense, but the Falcons have allowed almost 800 passing yards in the last two games. Against Toledo, Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson said the game plan was to stop the run which is a head-shaker as the Falcons had just given up 352 passing yards to Idaho and Toledo had passed for 300 yards against Wyoming.
Facing another good quarterback in Logan Thomas this week, Bowling Green's defense will be tested. For the majority of conference games, the defense should be OK, but I expect the Falcons to struggle again this week.
5) Does Virginia Tech's loss at Pittsburgh make it easier for BG to have confidence this weekend?
Carle: Again everyone is saying the right thing, but with a good team such as Virginia Tech coming off a bad loss and then having a home game against a Mid-American Conference team, it's going to take more than confidence for Bowling Green to have success.
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