Coach Dino Babers responded almost as quickly as quarterback Matt Johnson getting the shotgun snap from center when asked why Bowling Green aims to get off a play in less than 20 seconds.

Bowling Greenat Kent State

1 p.m. Saturday at KENT, OHIO

Favorite -- Bowling Green by 14 1⁄2
Records -- Bowling Green 5-2, 3-0 MAC East; Kent State 3-4, 2-1 MAC East
Last meeting -- Bowling Green won 30-20 last season at home. Falcons lead all-time series 57-19-6.

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Coach Dino Babers responded almost as quickly as quarterback Matt Johnson getting the shotgun snap from center when asked why Bowling Green aims to get off a play in less than 20 seconds.

The Falcons are averaging 43.3 points and 594.3 yards per game to lead the Mid-American Conference by what seems to be the length of a football field.

"When you play tournament chess with a clock, the rules are that you make a move in, say, three minutes, one minute or 30 seconds," Babers said. "If you don't make a move in time, you lose your turn and the other player makes the next two moves. I like to keep the pressure on the defensive players and coaches all the time, so we play tournament chess."

The Falcons have been several moves ahead of the competition for most of the season.

Johnson, a senior, leads the nation in yards passing (2,891) and total yards per game (428.3). Sophomore receiver Roger Lewis of Pickerington Central ranks second nationally in in receiving yardage (1,020), third in receiving yards per game (145.7) and is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns (nine).

As a head coach and an assistant, Babers has worked with 27 receivers who went on to the NFL. He learned his fast-paced style under Art Briles at Baylor as a receivers coach for four seasons. from 2008 to '11.

Lewis was intrigued with the idea of playing in this system.

"People asked me why I was going to a MAC school, but I knew what Bowling Green was all about," he said. "Coach told me there were no gray areas and that I was going to get the ball and get it a lot. We have a lot of great receivers making plays."

Lewis got a laugh hearing the offense being compared to a video game and backyard football. The team has run 593 plays in seven games, and that takes know-how and fitness.

"We have come in at 6 a.m. to work out," Lewis said. "We run a lot. It's all about tempo. The big boys on the offensive line are in shape, too. You see the other team with hands on knees and you know what we're doing is working. We're built for this."

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OTHER OHIO GAMES

Ohio University (5-2, 2-1) at Buffalo (2-4, 0-2)

3:30 P.M., BUFFALO, N.Y.

The skinny • The Bobcats' 49-14 loss to Western Michigan last Saturday was one of the worst in coach Frank Solich's 11 seasons. An about-face could be difficult with the injury status of linebackers Quentin Poling, Jovon Johnson, Blair Brown and Chad Moore of Grove City uncertain.

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Connecticut (3-4, 1-2) at Cincinnati (3-3, 0-2)

4:30 P.M., CINCINNATI

The skinny • Cincinnati was picked to win the American Athletic Conference West Division in preseason, but it has lost two of its past three games to take luster off a victory over the University of Miami. Plus, quarterback Gunner Kiel was angered that he didn't start ahead of redshirt freshman Hayden Moore last week after being cleared to play from a neck injury.

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Baldwin Wallace (4-2, 4-1) at Otterbein (4-2, 4-1)

1:30 P.M., WESTERVILLE

The skinny • A fourth straight victory in the series for Otterbein would keep it in second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Cardinals scored 18 straight points to defeat Muskingum last week.

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