I have wasted (utilized?) a good part of past two days obsessively reading about BGSU Football in preparation for the coming Sat. Here are my initial thoughts and points of interest:
1. There are three good places to get information about BGSU football - the FalconBlog at http://orangeandbrown.blogspot.com/ , the NCAA Stats on BGSU: http://web1.ncaa.org/football/exec/rankingSummary?org=71&year=2010&week=3 and Scout.com's BGSU preview: http://cfn.scout.com/2/974945.html (take the last one with a pinch of salt though - they are known to be vastly inaccurate)
2. BGSU is an overwhelmingly young team. Coach Clawson is overhauling the entire team with his kind of players - and as a result - there are 3 returning starters on Offense and 4 returning starters on Defense.
3. The Defense is supposed to be fast but quite undersized. The three starting LBs are 228, 217 and 207 lbs respectively. The D-Line seems well sized except a 230 lb DE (who is a Sr with a 6-3 frame - doesn't say much about the S&C there).
4. What we all know by now - the starting QB (Shilz) is doubtful for the Michigan game. However, the backup (Pankratz) played really well after Schilz got hurt - mostly behind the small, elusive RB Willie Geter. According to FalconBlog:
Coach Clawson put the game on the shoulders of Willie Geter. And Willie carried the offense to victory. We ran 27 plays after Schilz went down. Willie got the ball on 20 of them and accounted for 113 yards on those 20 plays
5. The O-Line is pretty massive - all 300+ lb except the C and RG who are 294 lb. However, they were not very successful in keeping Marshall out of the backfield. They have allowed 3.33 TFL and 3.67 sacks per game - both 112th in the country.
6. BGSU's offense (until Schilz went down) is mostly oriented towards short passes. Their top WR Kamar Jorden is leading the NCAA in number of receptions and is 7th in receiving yards.
7. Brian Wright (yes - that Brian Wright) is doing a decent job Punting (42.8 yards) but is shaky on FGs (only 3/6 so far). He has missed a PAT too.
8. The Defense is giving 466 yards per game (111th in the country) - but they have been creating turnovers through Interceptions. LB Dwaye Wood was the MAC Defensive Player of the Week last week for his pick-6.
Overall - I am much less concerned than I was for UMass. This team is very young with several clear weaknesses. We should be able to score at will and should be able to hold off their offense in the absence of their starting QB and with the tiny RB behind an O-line which is struggling to gel together.
My prediction: 35-17. Michigan takes the foot off the gas after it is 28-7 at the half.