BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Ticker) -- These are happy times at Bowling Green.
Ranked in both major polls for the first time in school history, the 23rd-ranked Falcons hope to remain undefeated Saturday when they host Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference clash.
After defeating Central Michigan, 45-35, last week, Bowling Green (5-0, 2-0 MAC West) earned its first ranking since it was 20th in the Associated Press poll prior to the 1985 California Bowl.
While the Falcons have not played the strongest schedule in the country, they do have wins over a pair of Big 12 Conference teams - Missouri and Kansas.
"It is extremely gratifying that the efforts our players and coaches have put forth is being recognized on a national level," coach Urban Meyer said of the ranking.
Bowling Green, which was just 2-9 two years ago, boasts a high-powered offense, averaging league highs of 500.8 yards and 49.6 points per game.
Last week's victory was the closest game of the season for the Falcons, who won their other four contests by at least 23 points. However, Western Michigan (2-4, 1-1) leads the MAC in total defense, yielding only 325.7 yards per game.
Bowling Green is off to its first 5-0 start since 1985, when it went 11-0 in the regular season and lost to Fresno State in the California Bowl.
Western Michigan could not build on a win over Buffalo, suffering a 31-27 setback to Central Florida last week. Quarterback Chad Munson recorded his first career 300-yard game in the loss.
Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 28-14-3, but Western Michigan is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings. The Broncos posted a 37-28 victory last season.