Bowling Green Head Coach Gregg Brandon shared some thoughts about the upcoming game against Michigan State at his weekly teleconference.
What do you think of the Michigan State team you saw on tape against UAB?
BRANDON: "They're a very physical team, this will be a very tough game for us . . . This is truly . . . a team that's built for the Big Ten, a physical team that will try to run the ball over and over again."
This is the second week in a row you face a first year head coach. Any difficulty preparing for that?
BRANDON: "From an offense/defense standpoint at least we have a better frame of reference with Coach Dantonio because of what he did at Cincinnati. And they've played a game already, which Minnesota hadn't, so at least it gives us a game to study personnel and maybe some of their schemes."
Bowling Green led the MAC in rushing last year. Why go back to a pass heavy philosophy?
BRANDON: "(Passing) is more our philosophy, it gives us the best chance to win. Particularly . . . with the schedule we play. We have to have the ability to throw the football well to be able to beat supposedly superior opponents and to do that I think you have to work on that and emphasize that as a philosophy and that's what we do."
You have mentioned size as a concern for your team against Michigan State. How do you stack up in terms of speed?
BRANDON: "I think Everyone in the Big Ten runs better than everyday in the MAC, just as a general statement, but, you know, I think we've improved our team speed and I think that showed up Saturday night up there in Minnesota . . . We had some guys breaking tackles, making guys miss, getting long runs, and we didn't have some of those plays last year and we didn't have some of those players. Eric Ransom is one of them. He stepped up and made a nice play for us on the long run on the first touchdown and was big throughout the game. Across the board they're probably faster . . . but I think we have speed to give us a chance to win."
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