Nevada goes on the road to MAC country to take on Buffalo, and since the Mountain West doesn't take on the MAC, or Buffalo, too often we reached out to UB Bull Run to preview this game to get to know the Bulls.
1. How does Buffalo's defense plan to do to slow down the pistol attack that is moving reasonably well so far this year?
Same plan as the defense single handily beating Florida Atlantic last week. Take some time and cue the highlights. Buffalo scored three defensive touchdowns and threw in a safety to boot!
The Bulls fast linebackers and secondary. Buffalo does not have the massive running stuffing linebackers. The linebackers are mobile and can make plays.
The strength of this team is behind the defensive line. Keep an eye on #1 CB Ross. This young man will have a future in the NFL. A converted WR who was pressed into action as the team before Baylor had no depth at all. Ross has been a shutdown corner with a sweet pick six last week.
2. What has stood out so far on the Buffalo's team this year?
This team was to be an offensive juggernaut with four year starter at QB Licata. Very large offensive line and weapons galore. On the offensive side of the ball watch out for another #1 RB Taylor. Taylor has carried the recent UB RB success from current NFL players James Starks (Green Bay) and Branden Oliver (San Diego) Secondly, the
weapons at wide receiver and tight end are as deep as any team in football. Where many thought QB Licata would light up his senior year, he has look pedestrian at best.
3. What are the expectations for Buffalo this year in the MAC? Is a bowl game a possibility?
After hiring Leipold and the amount of offensive talent, many predicted a 6 - 8 win season. Right now we are on track but the MAC is tough. Look at the big victories so far as well as scaring many teams like Ohio State last week. The prediction was a solid season where the new coach settles in. With the struggles of the offense, many maybe adjusting that prediction. For Buffalo fans, let's hope the offense kicks it into gear.
4. Who are the key players to watch for offensively and defensively?
Again, keep on eye out for #1 on both sides of the ball. Ross at CB who will be placed on your number one WR. Look for Taylor to work the middle of the line and when ready break a huge gain off the edge. Look for #2 Johnson who is a larger running back who can run and punish tacklers.
The strength of this team is WR's Willoughby #86, the main target who catches everything, #13 Colin Lisa a transfer who is starting to build a connection with QB, #88 Martinez who is always open. The team also has two geat pass catching TE's in 85 Schreck & 89 Weiser.
5. What is your game prediction?
I did not pick Buffalo last week and they won. I see that Vegas has Buffalo as a -1 home favorite. I am going with Nevada 27 - 17.