Many conference are having their annual media day circus and with that comes predictions not just for the best player, but also the team that will win the conference championship. One that might not garner as much attention as it should is the Mid-American Conference (MAC), a conference that has some great players that can at times go unrecognized. The MAC team that was chosen to not just win its division but the conference championship is the Bowling Green Falcons. And they just so happen to make the trek to Camp Randall Stadium to face the Wisconsin Badgers in Week 4 of the 2014 college football season.
The Falcons were picked ahead of Akron to win the East division of the MAC, with Toledo narrowly beating out Northern Illinois to with the West. Last season Bowling Green beat Northern Illinois to capture the MAC championship. The Falcons finished the season 10-4 overall, 7-1 in conference but lost to Pittsburgh 30-27 in the Little Caesars Bowl.
Wisconsin taking on Bowling Green is the other non-conference matchup besides LSU that I have circled on the calendar. Many people will overlook the Falcons on the schedule, but they can be a dangerous team again this year. Returning is quarterback Matt Johnson, who threw for 3,467 yards and 25 touchdowns, and running back Travis Greene and his 1,594 yards and 11 touchdowns from the previous season.
Not returning to coach the team is Dave Clawson, who left Bowling Green to take the head coaching job at Wake Forest. In comes Dino Babers who spent two successful years at Eastern Illinois, compiling a 19-7 overall record and 14-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
If the Badgers are not careful, this one could end up biting them in the you-know-what. I’m not saying Bowling Green will roll into Madison and pull off the upset, but it’s a possibility. The Badgers and Falcons face each other on Saturday, September 20 with a time still to be set.