WHO: 6-6 Pittsburgh (ACC) vs. 10-3 Bowling Green (MAC)
WHAT: Little Caesars Bowl (Year)
WHERE: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
WHEN: Dec. 26 at 6:00 p.m. ET
WHY: Now that the country seems to know who he is, Pittsburgh’s defensive monster Aaron Donald will get a chance to show off his skills on an NFL playing field against the MAC champions from Bowling green. Donald cleaned up in the award season with the Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, and the Nagurski Trophy in addition to multiple All-American honors. Donald has spent plenty of time in the opposing offense’s backfields this season, leading the nation in tackles for a loss.
Naturally, Bowling Green’s offensive approach should try to steer the football away from Donald as much as possible. Easier said than done of course, and it could end up leaving the Falcons with less room to work with at times on one side of the field. Bowling Green will look to attack on the ground with a rushing offense averaging over 200 yards per game this season. Sophomore Travis Greene has led the team with over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns and has rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games including the MAC championship upset victory over Northern Illinois.
Bowling Green is going for their first bowl victory since the 2004 season. They will do so with an interim head coach (special teams coach Adam Scheir) leading things from the sideline after Dave Clawson was hired by Wake Forest. They have the well-balanced team to be able to pick it up against a Pittsburgh team that can struggle at times on offense. Pittsburgh has been held under 20 points in a game five times this season, but they have also scored at least 30 points in a game four times. Which Pittsburgh offense will show up in Detroit?
PREDICTION: Bowling Green 26, Pittsburgh 23