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[2024] Week 2 Preview - TNF

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Thursday Night

 

Match-up: Bowling Green (0-0) at Louisiana-Monroe (0-1)

 

Week 2 kicks off with a little MACtion vs Fun Belt. The BGSU Falcons and coach @PoopyRhinoPickle get their 2024 season underway with a road contest against ULM Warhawks and coach @jared2001usa. ULM was handled easily by New Mexico in their first contest falling 42-17. The Falcons come off of a 2023 season that saw them put up a fight for the East Division crown before ultimately finishing the season with a 7-6 (5-3) record. BGSU capped off their season with a 24-20 bowl win against Troy. 

 

What to watch for (BGSU): Can QB AJ Coyne carry the offense? Coyne had a strong 2023 season averaging 250 YPG while throwing for 21 TD’s and 8 INT’s. He’s going to be called on to try and improve those numbers as the Falcons don’t have much of a run game. Luckily for Coyne, the coaching staff brought in talented receiver, Uterius Randolph. The Junior will be holding down the #1 spot for BGSU and should be a favorite target for Coyne.  

 

What to watch for (ULM): Can the Warhawks establish a run game? Similar to BGSU, ULM does not have much of a threat at running back. They struggled mightily against New Mexico and all but abandoned the run, accumulating only 17 yards on the ground. QB Jamel Woodson is the best player on offense and was able to throw for over 300 yards against New Mexico. But it didn’t matter much in a 42-17 defeat. ULM will need more from the run game if they hope to rebound and avoid an 0-2 start. 

 

What will happen: When looking at the depth charts for each team, you’ll see that these are two very similar teams. I think it’s going to come down to QB play and who can produce the most. That said, I think BGSU has a bit more talent for QB AJ Coyne to work with and it will be enough for them to come away with a win. 

 

Prediction: BGSU 27 ULM 24

 

 

Match-up: UNLV (1-0) at Eastern Michigan (0-1)

 

The second matchup of the Thursday night slate of games features the UNLV Rebels and coach @ChizDippler making a trip to the #Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles. UNLV was victorious against Southern Miss in their opening game and will look to get off to a 2-0 start. That would be a tremendous achievement for a team that finished 2023 with a 1-11 record. EMU put up a valiant effort against BIG opponent, Iowa, but ultimately lost that game 40-21. 

 

What to watch for (UNLV): Can UNLV do more on offense?  The rebels put up 34 points, despite only gaining 280 yards of offense. UNLV is led by talented back, Bronson Willingham. Willingham is small in stature, but has terrific speed. Willingham went for 188 yards and 2 TD’s in last weeks victory. The offense relies heavily on his output and they will need him to once again surpass 100 yards on the ground. If UNLV can push their offensive totals passed the 300 yard mark, they should give themselves a chance to win. 

 

What to watch for (EMU): Can Tyler Pearson rebound? Let’s be clear, UNLV is no Iowa, but Pearson struggled mightily against the Hawkeyes managing only 61 yards on 15 carries. Pearson is the opposite of Willingham and looks to pound his opponents. He’s one of the most talented backs in the MAC and by far the most talented player on the Eagles roster. Pearson will need to get back to his old form if EMU wants to avoid an 0-2 start. 

 

What will happen: Like the BGSU and ULM matchup, this is a game between two very similar teams. It’s going to come down to the run game in this one and I think Pearson is going to come out and live up to his ability. I like EMU to win a close one at home.

 

Prediction: EMU 24 UNLV 21

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