Two of the three team goals are realistically still in sight for Bowling Green’s football team.
The goals are – 1) have a winning season; 2) get to the MAC (Mid-American Conference) championship game
and win it; 3) go to and win a bowl game.
The Falcons are 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the MAC East with four games remaining. BG is idle until Tuesday
at Buffalo (3-5, 1-3). The BG-Buffalo game starts at 7 p.m.
If BG wins out, then the first goal is reached. Obtaining the second goal will be difficult with two
league losses and four games left, considering Temple is 4-0 in the MAC East and Ohio and Kent State are
each 3-1. BG does not play Temple this season and is 1-1 against Ohio and Kent State.
The third goal is also obtainable, if the Falcons can win out and a MAC team is needed to fill a fourth
and/or fifth bowl game.
"Of our three major goals, all three are obtainable and two of them we control," BG head coach
Dave Clawson said. "We’ve got to worry about the things we can control. The first thing we control
is our preparation, our effort and our attitude towards Buffalo."
REVENGE: Trailing 21-7 entering the fourth quarter in 2008, Buffalo rallied in double overtime to beat BG
and go on to win the MAC East, play in the conference championship game and in the International Bowl.
"We definitely have a chip on our shoulder, especially how we lost that game," said BG senior
tight end Jimmy Scheidler. "It was right there at our fingertips … There are definitely some guys
that are looking to show them how Bowling Green can really play."
MAHONE: P.J. Mahone, who has been suspended for the last six games, is back on the depth chart at safety
for the Buffalo game.
"P.J. is a good player. I expect that he will play well," Clawson said. "He’s been
practicing the last two weeks, so hopefully a lot of the rust will be off.
"There are some concerns about how much he can play. It will be different for him," Clawson
added. "The extra long week helps from that perspective. It will help get him ready."
Keith Morgan took over for Mahone and is BG’s leading tackler with 57. Mahone had 21 tackles in BG’s
first two games of the season.
Mahone and Morgan will be splitting the repetitions in practice this week.
"We’ll have packages that they’ll both play … We’ll kind of evaluate that as we go the next two or
three days," Clawson said.
MIXED-UP MONTH: The Falcons do not play a game on Saturday in November.
After the game at Buffalo, the Falcons are at Miami on Thursday Nov. 12, at home with Akron on Friday
Nov. 20, and at home with Toledo on Friday Nov. 27.
"You try to keep your game prep on a normal schedule," Clawson said.
Clawson said that on a normal Tuesday night the coaching staff is putting in late hours watching the game
tape from that day’s practice and game-planning.
"Our body clocks will be all set. We’ll be up late at night doing football," Clawson said.
TV: The BG-Buffalo game will be televised on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen calling the play-by-play and Brian
Griese as the analyst.
"It will be a great chance for us to play on national TV on Tuesday night and get the Bowling Green
name out there," Clawson said. "You can’t pass up an opportunity to get on national TV and
we’re excited to do that.
"When you break structure with them (the team) a lot of times it goes haywire, so we try to keep it
as routine as we can and hopefully that will work."
Scheidler said the Buffalo game is just another MAC team the team needs to win, "but it certainly is
good to have that exposure, especially for a MAC school and this conference on a Tuesday night."