Sharp poster schedule from Bowling Green, which is coming off an 8-6 season that included a 33-28 victory against South Alabama in the Camellia Bowl. Dino Babers' team will be tested early, with games against Tennessee, Maryland, Memphis and Purdue.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin took in Saturday's matchup between Bowling Green and Massachusetts at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass. It was the first on-campus game for the Minutemen since 2011. McGuirk has been refurbished in conjunction with Massachusetts' move to Division I-A and the team had been playing at Gillette Stadium in the interim.
Bowling Green was one of only three Mid-American Conference teams to have never lost more than nine games in a season (Central Michigan and Toledo are the other two). Then 2010 came along and the Falcons finished 2-10. Dave Clawson's team will try to end an eight-game losing streak when it opens at Idaho on Sept. 1.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin ventured into the fog Wednesday night to attend the Mid-American Conference game between Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green at Bowling Green, Ohio. Trevor Cook kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the RedHawks a 24-21 victory. View Greg's gallery by clicking here.
The Falcons got off to a horrific 1-4 start in 2009, then won six of seven to earn a trip to the Humanitarian Bowl. The task will be more difficult in 2010. Dynamic receiver Freddie Barnes and four-year starting quarterback Tyler Sheehan must be replaced, and the early schedule is unforgiving, with trips to Troy, Tulsa and Michigan in the first four games.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
gmail.com. Thanks to Brian!
Not so long ago, a guy named Urban Meyer was coaching Bowling Green. Meyer left for Utah after the 2002 season and Gregg Brandon took over, going 44-30 in six seasons. Normally that's good enough to hang on to a job, but 20 of Brandon's victories came in his first two seasons and he was a pedestrian 24-24 since. Bowling Green decided it was time for a change and Dave Clawson was hired. He continues his climb up the ranks after building programs at Fordham and Richmond and spending last season as Tennessee's offensive coordinator. With only 10 starters returning, this appears to be a rebuilding season for the Falcons. Thanks to Brian!