Tonight’s 2015 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship is a matchup between two teams accustomed to seeing each other in big games. The Bowling Green Falcons and Northern Illinois Huskies face each other in the title game for the 3rd consecutive year. This year’s game serves as the rubber match of the series. Even though both teams have dominated the MAC in recent years, the momentum going into tonight’s game couldn’t be more different.
Northern Illinois fans are starting to become very accustom to seeing their Huskies in the MAC championship game. They’ve represented the West Division for an astonishing six straight years. This year, it is doubtful Husky nation is as confident as the previous five outings. After losing two starting quarterbacks earlier in the season, coach Rod Carey will send out true Freshman walk-on Tommy Fiedler. Fiedler made his collegiate debut in a loss to Ohio last weekend. To beat the heavily favored Falcons, Northern Illinois will have to lean on the MAC’s leading rusher, Joel Bouagnon. Even if Bouagnon plays like he has all season it’ll be tough slowing down an offense scoring over 44 points a game!
In his second season as head coach, Dino Barbers has the Falcon’s rolling going into tonight’s championship game. Bowling Green has won eight of nine games and already knocked out multiple big name schools. The Falcons have already won road games this season against Maryland and Purdue making them 3-1 against the BIG 10, under coach Barbers. Like their MAC rival, Bowling Green is also lead by running back Travis Greene. Greene has been extremely effective in his college career averaging 5.6 yards per rush as a Falcon. Will the Falcons take the Huskies place as leaders of the MAC or will Northern Illinois solidify their dominance with an upset win?
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