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Bowling Green Falcons vs. Ball State Cardinals Preview and Prediction

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Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers has done a good enough job at his current gig to attract national attention and insert his name into the conversation of possible hires at some big time jobs this coming offseason.

That’s great for Babers, but before any of that happens, he’ll be trying to lead his team to a double-digit win season — something you don’t see much of from Bowling Green teams.

Standing in the way of Babers and the Falcons getting to nine wins before bowl season ends are the Ball State Cardinals. A relatively disappointing season would end on a much higher note if Ball State was able to upset one of the nation’s premier Group of Five teams.

Bowling Green at Ball State

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET (Tuesday)

Channel: ESPN3

Spread: Bowling Green -21.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Bowling Green's Receivers

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Gehrig Dieter was all over national highlight reels last week with a couple of circus catches. The sure-handed wideout is must-see TV on his own, but his partner in crime on the opposite side of the field, Roger Lewis, is quite simply one of the best receivers in the country. Look for dominant play all night from what may be the most underrated receiving duo in the country.

2. Matt Johnson, Quarterback, Bowling Green

Throwing the ball to that underrated Bowling Green receiving duo will be Matt Johnson. The kid is a pure gunslinger, reminding me a little of former Boise State great Kellen Moore. Johnson can make most throws and has command in the huddle. As a result, you shouldn’t be surprised to see him taking up a roster spot someday soon on Sundays.

3. Bowling Green's Style of Play on Both Sides of the Ball

As mentioned, Dino Babers is a highly coveted up-and-coming coach. He’s going to land one of the big jobs that is already open or will soon be open. You’ll want to pay attention to how Bowling Green operates under his command, because that style of play — highlighted by a high-octane offense attack, is coming to a Power 5 conference near you in 2016.

Final Analysis

I didn’t mention Ball State, mostly because I didn’t really need to. Ball State will not be able to contend and keep pace with Bowling Green’s aerial attack, even if the Falcon defense has been suspect at times during the year. Look for yet another high-scoring mid-week MAC contest featuring some future fantasy football sleepers putting up video-game stats.

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Prediction: Bowling Green 38, Ball State 13

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the editor-in-chief of, a Big Ten site for Big Ten fans. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.