After falling to Toledo (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) on the road last week, the Buffalo football team heads in to Tuesday night’s game looking to get back into the win column.
The Bulls (7-3, 5-1 MAC) will head to Oxford, Ohio for a matchup against a struggling Miami Ohio (0-10, 0-6 MAC) team.
Defensively, the Redhawks, rank 10th in the conference in rushing defense allowing 2,229 yards of total yards and 20 touchdowns this season and are coming off of a 24-6 loss to Kent State (3-8, 2-5 MAC)
Buffalo is averaging 174.7 yards per game in rushing offense and 18 touchdowns on the season.
Key Matchup: Branden Oliver vs. the Redhawks defense
Last week it was all about the passing attack led by sophomore quarterback Joe Licata.
Licata had a career game, setting a program record 497 yards passing and a career-high four passing touchdowns.
But this week it looks like an opportunity for the Bulls to get back to the basics of pounding the football with senior running back Branden Oliver.
In last week’s game, Oliver had 24 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown but it took him a while to get going because of the stingy defense of Toledo.
This week, Oliver should have no problem with the Redhawks rushing defense. Currently, they are giving up 222.9 rushing yards per game and have allowed 2,229 yards of total rushing offense.
Look for Oliver to have another career day.
He said it:
“This is definitely a redemption week. It hurts to lose anytime you lose. It doesn’t matter what the score is.” – Bulls’ linebacker Lee Skinner.
It has been a tough season for the Redhawks as they have had a difficult time finding a win this season. But the Bulls should have no problem taking care of them on the road.
Look for Buffalo to stick to the ground game and win the battle up front in the trenches. Oliver will rush for over 100 yards and help lead the Bulls to their eighth victory of the season and set them up for a showdown with Bowling Green next week for the MAC east title.
Miami Ohio- 3
Kick-off is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday night at Yager Stadium and can be seen on ESPNU.