Next Up: BGSU

As for Bowling Green head coach Gregg Brandon, he knows the challenge his Falcons will face in East Lansing. "They're a very physical team. This will be a really tough game for us," he said, pointing to the trenches as a place where the Falcons might have the most difficulty.

EAST LANSING – Somebody forgot to tell Bowling Green they play in the Mid American Conference. After all, they're not supposed to beat Big Ten programs like they did last Saturday – on the road, no less – against Minnesota.

The Falcons opened a stunning 21-0 lead on the Golden Gophers with an explosive passing game before falling behind in the fourth quarter, only to rally and win a thrilling game with a two-point conversion in the first overtime.

Mark Dantonio knows his Spartans can't take any team lightly, even after an impressive victory against UAB.

"When you play in the Big Ten and a MAC team comes in, you're going to get their best shot," Dantonio said.

As for Bowling Green head coach Gregg Brandon, he knows the challenge his Falcons will face in East Lansing. "They're a very physical team. This will be a really tough game for us," he said, pointing to the trenches as a place where the Falcons might have the most difficulty.

"Their offensive line averages 313 pounds across the board," Brendon said. "We won't see this kind of size the rest of the way."

Although the size differential concerns Brendon, he says one way to compete against Michigan State may be to go over and around them with speed.

"I think we've improved our team speed and I think that showed up Saturday night in Minnesota. We got some guys open in space and we made some guys miss."

MAC Payer of the Week QB Tyler Sheehan will attempt to do that and more as he tries to duplicate the 34 for 51, 388-yard performance he had against Minnesota.

The Spartan secondary will surely be tested with Sheehan firing the ball to a number of targets. Against the Gophers, Sheehan connected at least six times to four different receivers, led by sophomore Freddie Barnes with 99 yards on six receptions.

Other dangerous targets that will test the Spartan secondary include WR Corey Partridge and dual-threat RB Eric Ransom, who rushed for 36 yards and caught for 96 against Minnesota.

"We didn't have some of those players last year, and Eric Ransom is one of them," Brandon said, pointing to the junior's big game against Minnesota. "He stepped up . . . and was big throughout the game," Brandon said.


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