Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Football Opponents Released...

Not too much to work with here...the MAC has released the non-conference opponents for the MAC teams...no dates or times, but we do at least know who we are playing and not playing.

The biggest surprise is that BG is not playing Miami.  Remember that the MAC East has 7 teams, so a full round robin is not possible.  Don't know how they decide, but BG will not play the RedHawks, much like they did not play Akron for a few years.

For older fans this is too bad.  That's a long-standing rivalry (granted, jam packed with Falcon heartbreak) and in the 1960s was the biggest rivalry we had.  Also, it was somebody we usually drew a good crowd for, which all adds up to a disappointing announcement.

In MAC play, BG has cross-over games with Ball State, WMU and UT.  Ball State was good this year but lost some guys and WMU is still rowing the boat and it isn't clear where they will be and they will be home games.  UT, of course, will be on the road, as BG tries to break out of the losing streak.  In MAC, it just reflects last year's results...BG has 2 East games at home and 3 away, but one of those is UMass, so that probably evens it out.  Going to Akron is likely to become  a more difficult assignment.

The other stuff is the pre-season schedule...BG will play @Petrino-Free WKU, have VMI and Indiana at home and then @Wisconsin.

From the BGSU release:

BGSU's season will begin with four straight non-conference matchups, as the Falcons will travel to Western Kentucky on Thursday, August 28 to kickoff the 2014 season. The Falcons will begin the home slate on September 6, when they host VMI. The final two non-conference matchups will see the Orange and Brown take on two Big Ten Conference foes, as BG hosts Indiana (Sept. 13) before traveling to Wisconsin (Sept. 20).
Although the MAC has not released the dates and times of the eight conference matchups, Bowling Green is set to play four games at home and four road games during league play. The Falcons will host Buffalo, Kent State, Ball State, and Western Michigan while traveling to Akron, Ohio, UMass, and Toledo.

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