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Furman in big games

September 17, 2009

By Craig Thomas

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Last week, we examined Bowling Green’s experience in big games against high level competition and found the Falcons had modest success against those programs. Indeed, Bowling Green led Missouri 20-6 in the third quarter before falling 27-20.

This week, we look at the Furman Paladins. Furman, as Sam pointed out here and here, is a member of the FCS (the old Div. I-AA), so their level of competition is generally much lower than what Missouri sees in the Big 12 or Bowling Green faces in the Mid-American Conference.

Let’s look at Furman’s recent trips to major college programs:

2008 – at Virginia Tech (lost 24-7)

2007 – at Clemson (lost 38-10)

2006 – at North Carolina (lost 45-42)

Furman clearly does not have as much recent experience in big games as Bowling Green did. Of course, Furman giving the Tigers a scare would be a MUCH bigger surprise than Bowling Green doing it. But Coach Gary Pinkel has said he wants better execution this week in any case.

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