The Ohio Bobcats (7-3) and Bowling Green Falcons (4-6) will meet up Wednesday night in a Mid-American Conference primetime event inside Doyt L. Perry Stadium.
Ohio Bobcats at Bowling Green Falcons
Ohio is certainly in great position to win the Mid-American Conference East Division title and simply needs a win tonight and a Miami-OH RedHawks’ defeat. “If you want to win conference championships and bowl games, then at some point you have to talk about that,” commented coach Frank Solich.
The Bobcats have won three consecutive games and managed to rack up over 500 yards in each of them, coming off a season-best 309-yard rushing performance in a 43-28 victory over Central Michigan as 7.5-point road favorites.
Quarterback Tyler Tettleton pilots the offense that ranks third in the MAC in gaining 465 yards per game, throwing for 200 or more yards in each of the last eight weeks, including 218 in complimenting the team’s efforts on the ground.
In terms of the national landscape, Tettleton has certainly made a name for himself, as the sophomore is the only MAC signal-caller that has thrown for 22-or-more touchdowns and has six interceptions or less.
Bettors will find that the Bobcats are 7-1 ATS in November affairs, with the ‘over’ cashing in seven of the eight times in that particular situation.
Bowling Green has stalled offensively after averaging 521.3 yards in the first three games of the season, managing to average just 335.4 per contest over the last seven. Much of the focus has been placed on improving an offensive line that hasn’t performed to its expectations.
The Falcons will likely have a hard time in getting things going Wednesday night, facing a Bobcats’ defense that ranks second in the conference in allowing just 22.2 points a game, while sitting third in allowing 343.3 yards per game.
Head coach Dave Clawson certainly hopes his squad will grow from the experience of this year, as 54 players on the roster are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen. The program will have 15 seniors playing their final home game of their careers tonight.
Bowling Green’s offense gets most of its yards through the air, as quarterback Matt Schilz ranks fourth in averaging 255.6 yards per game, while his main targets are Eugene Cooper and Kamar Jorden. The dangerous duo on the outside have combined for 121 catches and 1,583 yards.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 2-9 ATS when facing a team with a winning record, while tallying a 10-12 ATS mark when banging helmets with conference opponents.
Recommendation: Ohio Bobcats -6.5
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