The Coaching Hire That Makes Bowling Green an Early Fade Candidate


Sep 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Bowling Green Falcons wide receiver Quintin Morris (80) is tackled but Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive lineman Kyle Cerge-Henderson (54) and Jackets defensive back Christian Campbell (10) during the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 28, 2019, 09:15 PM EDT
  • Bowling Green will begin the 2019 college football season with Brian VanGorder as its new defensive coordinator.
  • We analyze why this hire makes Bowling Green a prime fade candidate early in the season.

What happens when you take the worst defense in college football from 2018 (non-UConn division), and hire a defensive coordinator who’s consistently failed with much, much better talent?

I’m not sure. But I’m willing to bet that it doesn’t go particularly well early on, even worse than the market expects (despite most rankings systems putting them in the bottom 10 nationally).

Anyway, this is the situation that Bowling Green finds itself in under new coach Scot Loeffler, who hired Brian VanGorder as his defensive coordinator.

Collin Wilson, the keeper of our power ratings, docked Bowling Green a full two points on every point spread for hiring VanGorder, which almost never happens for a coordinator.

The Falcons are 21.5-point favorites against FCS Morgan State on Thursday night with the total at 49, which I’ve got my eye on.

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