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CFB : ATS Matchup

BOWLING GREEN (8 - 4) vs. SAN JOSE ST (10 - 2)
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Week 16 Thursday, 12/27/2012 3:00 PM
MILITARY BOWL - RFK Stadium - Washington D.C.
Board OpenLatest
218SAN JOSE ST-7.5-7
BOWLING GREEN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-4+3.68-41-1023.211.0373.9(5.4)1.415.78.5289.7(4.6)1.7
Road Games4-3+2.25-20-717.77.1328.0(4.7)1.417.49.9298.3(4.4)1.3
Last 3 Games2-1+0.62-11-223.714.3345.3(5.2)
Grass Games1-202-10-311.77.0301.0(4.1)2.323.711.7319.3(4.9)1.0
BOWLING GREEN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.31.916.822.530:0839-186(4.8)20-3359.9%243(7.4)72-429(6)(13.4)
Offense Road Games17.77.117.930:4634-148(4.3)18-3550.0%180(5.1)70-328(4.7)(18.5)
Defense (All Games)15.78.514.828:3632-117(3.6)17-3155.7%173(5.6)63-290(4.6)(18.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Road Games17.49.916.629:0836-128(3.6)17-3353.5%170(5.2)68-298(4.4)(17.1)

SAN JOSE ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-2+710-27-435.218.7451.7(6.4)1.921.412.7351.4(5.2)2.6
Road Games5-1+3.16-04-234.718.7389.0(6.1)
Last 3 Games3-0+2.43-02-139.727.0492.7(7.2)1.321.311.3394.3(5.1)3.3
Grass Games2-1+1.13-02-134.019.0386.3(6.5)1.720.311.3328.0(4.5)2.0
SAN JOSE ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)35.218.722.932:2335-124(3.5)25-3571.3%327(9.2)71-452(6.4)(12.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.314.921.930:2438-164(4.3)21-3461.9%247(7.3)72-411(5.7)(14)
Offense Road Games34.718.719.329:2731-106(3.4)23-3269.7%283(8.7)64-389(6.1)(11.2)
Defense (All Games)21.412.718.127:3734-124(3.6)19-3457.9%228(6.8)68-351(5.2)(16.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.514.820.530:5338-164(4.3)18-3160.5%221(7.2)69-385(5.6)(14)
Defense Road Games16.38.516.730:3341-134(3.3)15-2853.6%170(6.2)69-305(4.4)(18.7)
Average power rating of opponents played: BOWLING GREEN 22,  SAN JOSE ST 26.8
BOWLING GREEN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/7/2012@ OHIO U26-14W2.5W47.5U36-1977-17-91044-9921-34-1450
11/17/2012KENT ST24-31L-3L46.5O31-8322-44-355342-3349-17-913
12/27/2012*SAN JOSE ST            

SAN JOSE ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/3/2012@ IDAHO42-13W-21W54.5O29-8527-39-328437-8117-37-2072
11/10/2012@ NEW MEXICO ST47-7W-20.5W53.5O35-20315-26-301138-12012-29-1004
11/24/2012LOUISIANA TECH52-43W-3.5W76.5O41-24325-37-367222-5839-60-4833
12/27/2012*BOWLING GREEN            
BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons are fortunate enough to be returning most of their starters from last year and that experience should be a major factor in the 2012 season. QB Matt Schilz (3,024 pass yds, 28 TD) has the talent to be one of the best players in the conference and he'll need to limit his mistakes to get the Falcons to turn over a new leaf. Sophomore RB Anthon Samuel (844 rush yds, 5 TD) is another player that could help take the Falcons' offense to a new level. The wide receiver position is an area of concern, but the protection Schilz will be getting from a solid offensive line should buy whoever is running routes some time to get open. Bowling Green had a major issue stopping the run last year, but with 10 starters returning on the defensive side of the ball, Dave Clawson has to be confident that the team's experience will help solve that problem.
SAN JOSE ST: San Jose State is having an interesting offseason. It appears its quarterback job will go to junior college transfer David Fales, who impressed in the spring game (16-for-22, 257 yds). RB David Freeman is back from injury and will move back into the starting lineup, but he'll be running behind an unreliable offensive line. The receivers will be the strength of the offense, namely Noel Grigsby (886 rec yds) and Chandler Jones (566 rec yds). Defensively, the Spartans will bring back top pass rusher DE Travis Johnson (9.5 sacks). The front four should be dominant, but they must get better in the secondary and receive more consistent play out of a promising group of linebackers led by top tackler LB Keith Smith (104 tackles).
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*San Jose St.-Bowling Green Preview* ====================================


No. 24 San Jose State (10-2) at Bowling Green (8-4), 3:00 p.m. EDT

Mike MacIntyre engineered a stunning turnaround at San Jose State that allowed him to move to a more high-profile job.

Dave Clawson went backwards a bit after a solid first season with Bowling Green, but the fourth-year coach now has his program on the upswing.

Teams that combined for three victories two years ago meet Thursday in the Military Bowl when the No. 24 Spartans face the Falcons for the first time.

Neither of these teams could have been expected to be headed to bowls in 2012 based on how MacIntyre fared at San Jose State in 2010 and Clawson did at Bowling Green that same year.

MacIntyre inherited a program that won two games in 2009 and guided the Spartans to a 1-12 mark in his first season. A 5-7 season followed before San Jose State went 10-2 this year to finish in second place in the Western Athletic Conference and clinch the program's first postseason game since the 2006 New Mexico Bowl.

"It's all new for all of us," senior tight end Ryan Otten said. "I was here on teams when we won one game, two games. We were toward the bottom of college football. Now, to crack the Top 25, we've come so far."

MacIntyre has moved on as he was named the coach at Colorado. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be the team's interim coach for this game.

"We want to thank Mike for the tremendous job that he did," San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said. "He turned the program around and did it the right way with character kids and by stressing academics. Mike provided us with a nice model moving forward for our next head coach to follow."

The Spartans have won six straight and can reach the 11-win plateau for the first time since the 1939 team went 13-0.

Clawson, meanwhile, took over at Bowling Green in 2009 and went 7-6 with a trip to the Humanitarian Bowl his first season. Campaigns of 2-10 and 5-7 followed before the Falcons went 8-4 this year - their first eight-win season since 2007 - and their coach is eager for this trip to RFK Stadium.

"We really hope all of Falcon nation, as many people as possible will come out and support us and hopefully make it a home-field advantage for us," Clawson said. "It's a much easier trip from Bowling Green, Ohio, than San Jose, California."

Although this will be a longer journey for San Jose State, it visited Washington earlier this season and beat Navy 12-0 on Sept. 29. The Spartans actually went through some of their plays on the National Mall.

Both teams feature the respective defensive players of the year in their conferences.

San Jose State lineman Travis Johnson earned the honor in the WAC after finishing with 12 sacks and leading the conference with 19 tackles for loss.

The 19 tackles for loss is the same total recorded by Bowling Green tackle Chris Jones, the Mid-American Conference player of the year. Jones finished third in the nation with 12 1/2 sacks for a defense ranked seventh nationally, allowing 289.7 yards per game.

Jones is the third Falcon to earn the honor, joining Vince Palko in 1993 and a name familiar to Bay Area football fans - former Oakland Raiders great Phil Villapiano - in 1970.

Bowling Green's defense was the top-ranked unit in the MAC. Linebackers Gabe Martin (69 tackles), Dwayne Woods (60) and Paul Swan (60) are other linchpins for the Falcons.

Woods is the only linebacker among that group who will be playing his final game.

"I've struggled this season with a back injury, ankle injury," Woods said. "It finally feels good to really be healthy and just really push through everything."

The Falcons will try to slow down David Fales, a junior college transfer in his first year as the Spartans quarterback. Fales finished seventh in the nation with 3,798 passing yards and tied for the WAC lead with 31 touchdown passes.

Fales has inviting targets in receivers Chandler Jones and Noel Grigsby. Jones led the team with 10 TD receptions while Grigsby had nine and 1,173 yards.

Bowling Green was not known for offense, finishing 11th in the MAC with 373.9 yards per game. Anthon Samuel gained a team-best 966 yards rushing, although eight of his team-high 10 touchdowns on the ground came in the first six games.

Three-year starter Matt Schilz is third in school history with 7,673 passing yards. He had 2,426 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season.

This is the first time in the five-year history of the Military Bowl that it has featured a ranked team.

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