It was pretty painful to watch the game Saturday at UT. It was even more painful to watch the post game interview of Chris Jones. I was at the weekly press conference Wednesday, and Jones said that the last two losses to Toledo were “Heartbreaking.”
You could clearly tell that the senior was indeed devastated following the game and it hurt to watch. Jones had two sacks and forced a fumble in the loss.
Bowling Green now travels to Virginia Tech this Saturday to face the nationally ranked Hookies. It should be a very tough game, but I don’t really care if we win. We just need to get out of there healthy. Yes, it would be a huge win for the program if we could get it, but the bigger picture is MAC play.
The Falcons need to somehow salvage a kicking game or I think it will be impossible to compete. Not only does it hurt to miss out on points, its even more deflating to put together great drives and come up empty handed. I think it effects the team for the rest of the game.
With that being said, things get easier. These first 4 games were extremely difficult. Florida, Virginia Tech and Toledo on the road in the first month of the season would be a very tough schedule for any team in the country. Toledo took nationally ranked Arizona to OT in week one and Florida and Virginia Tech speak for themselves.
Every game in the MAC is huge from here on out. I expect Ohio to win out so BG is going to have to do the same. We have 7 games left in the MAC, none of them will be easy. However, we will probably be favored in 5 of them if not 6. The Miami game is huge. Whoever wins that will more than likely set themselves up for Ohio. With the winner of that game, advancing to the MAC title game.
That is just my take. I think BG, Ohio and Miami could certainly lose to teams other than themselves. Which would shake things up in the East. It will be very interesting to see how things shake out over the next month and throughout the season.
And although BG’s loss to Toledo stung, the team still has a shot at winning the division and advancing to Detroit.
I also think Toledo will win the West. Which means that there could potentially be an EPIC rematch for all of the marbles. I really hope that happens.
Nevertheless, Bowling Green is still alive and in contention. Its still very early. Most teams around the country haven’t even started conference play.