By Bob DiCesare
Ohio coach Frank Solich is in his 15th season as a head coach, his ninth at Ohio. A Bobcats program that was in tatters before his arrival is bowl-eligible for a fifth straight season (although it's ending the regular season on the skids). Looking ahead to Friday's showdown at The Ralph, I asked him on this week's MAC coaches conference call what makes Bowling Green such a formidable defensive team. Here's what he had to say:
"The last two years we’ve played them they’ve been an excellent football team, maybe arguably the best in the MAC. i think a combination of things. I think they’ve got very good personnel and so when you have excellent personnel and you’re a football team that’s not prone to mistakes, not prone to breakdowns, you’re very gap oriented, your coverages, you don’t have breaks in them, and you’re playing with good players, then you’re tough to beat."And I think that’s what’s happening with them. I think they’re well coached. Obviously it’s difficult to establish a very good running game against them. It’s difficult to establish a sound passing game to where you can count on it to be there for the whole game. So you got to be multi-dimensional offensively in order to play those guys well.
"They lost one of their top players after last season. He was huge in making some big plays for them. But they seem to be able to have the whole team concept where they work and play very well together to be what they are defensively."
That top player was Chris Jones, now with the New England Patriots. As for the team concept of the BG defense get this: The Falcons ranks sixth nationally in points allowed per game but have no one ranked higher than 37th in the MAC in tackles.
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