|Eastern first for Falcons (11-21-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:55|
First things first.
The championship-level game with Buffalo is over a week away for the Bowling Green State University football team.
Next up for the Falcons, 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference, is a game at Eastern Michigan this Saturday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
''We know that big game is ahead of us, and we know we have that to look forward to,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ''There is still significance to this game (EMU),'' he added. ''Ultimately, this could play into where you go for a bowl game, or if you go to a bowl.''
Dominic Flewellyn, a team captain and the starting left guard for the Falcons, said Eastern Michigan has BG's attention.
''We know that we need to win this game, just to have momentum for the next game; we have to win this game for us and not for anyone else,'' Flewellyn said.
''We know what the implications are for the next game (Buffalo), but we are just focused on this week,'' he continued. ''We don't hear any other team's names, we just hear Eastern Michigan all week.''
Clawson said at the end of the year, the Falcons don't want an asterisk beside their name in the standings, meaning that BG and Buffalo tied in the MAC East, because of a loss to Eastern Michigan.
''If you want to win it outright, you have to win this game,'' Clawson said. ''When the year is over our goal is to win the MAC East, and be in Detroit (for the MAC championship game). We are thrilled that goal is still alive.''
However, it's up to the leadership of the locker room to make sure the Falcons are ready to play, Clawson said.
''I believe our leadership has us focused,'' Clawson said. ''We have not had a problem getting ready, and getting focused for football games this year.''
TUESDAY: The November Tuesday night games proved to be very successful for the Falcons.
BG bludgeoned Miami (45-3) and Ohio (49-0) on consecutive Tuesdays.
INJURIES: BG's Justin Ford (who is displaying concussion-like symptoms); Jude Adjei-Barimah (lower leg injury); and Heath Jackson (hamstring) are all questionable for Saturday's game.
Ford has been starting at rover in place of Gabe Martin.
Adjei-Barimah is BG's fifth defensive back and can also play the rover spot.
Jackson has stepped in and played well for the injured Chris Gallon.
Brian Sutton could start in place of Ford. He could also take over Adjei-Barimah's role with possibly Paul Senn playing rover.
At wide receiver in place of Jackson, Herve Coby or Kevin Collins could see action.
QUOTES: There were several interesting sound bites from Wednesday's press conference:
• ''Our worst practice right now is better than our best practice three years ago,'' Clawson said.
• "Certainly Cam Truss and Aaron Foster are the best pair or combination of corners we've had in my five years here,'' Clawson said.
• ''If we get a day off, if I'm not sleeping, I'm studying,'' Flewellyn said.
NEXT: BG plays at Buffalo next Friday with kickoff at 1:30 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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