Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Buffalo season with what you need to know

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Buffalo season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Head Coach: Maurice Linguist
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2021 Record: Overall: 4-8, Conference: 2-6
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Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022

It wasn’t how things were supposed to go.

Buffalo was coming off a 6-1 2020 season with an appearance in the MAC Championship and a bowl win over Marshall. It was the third straight winning season and the fourth straight with at least six wins.

But just as the program was getting comfortable as one of the conference’s superpowers, head coach Lance Leipold left for Kansas, Maurice Linguist took over, and the team came up with a rough 4-8 season with four straight losses to close.

The offense still worked, the ground game was good, and the defense had a few positives even though it was a rough year without any consistency.

Linguist has a ton of work to do to build up the talent level – seven offensive starters are done – but there’s a good base on defense to work around and there are enough winnable games to expect a bounceback year.

Or, at least hope for an improvement.

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Offense

The offense couldn’t impose its rushing will like it did in past seasons, but it wasn’t all that bad. The O averaged well over 400 yards per game with the ground game accounting for almost half of that.

The passing attack was hit-or-miss over the years when the team was winning – everything revolved around the ground game – but it needs to be more efficient. There has to be more happening down the field and the turnovers have to stop, but for all of the problems, UB led the MAC in third down conversions.

It all starts with the tackles. The interior of the offensive line should be fine, but the group that was among the best in the MAC in pass protection and keeping down the tackles for loss needs the transfer portal and some key backups to make a difference.

The ground game lost leading rusher Dylan McDuffie to Georgia Tech, and Kevin Marks was never able to break through with the big season expected. The attack will work around Ron Cook, a speedy kick returner who ran for 377 yards, but it needs more options and bulk.

Quarterback Kyle Vantrease is done, but the passing game isn’t starting from scratch. Senior Matt Myers adds more of a rushing element to the mix and he has the starting experience, but the offense needs more big things happening down the field. Myers just has to keep things moving.

The receiving corps gets back leading receiver Quian Williams, a former Eastern Michigan Eagle who made 63 grabs last year, and Jamari Gassett isn’t a bad No. 2 speed option.

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Defense

The defense should be stronger. It didn’t come up with enough takeaways, it didn’t hold up in strange spots – it got ripped up by Bowling Green? – and running games did too much shoving around.

A nice base of six starters are back with a nice blend of MAC star power and options in the right spots, starting with …

The defensive front might be the team’s biggest strength. The line is one of the few areas on the team with plenty of depth and a good rotation. Yes, the run defense has to be better, but Daymond Williams is a good nose tackle to work everything around. He’s almost 300 pounds and should once again be among the MAC’s best interior pass rushers.

James Patterson might be the best player in the MAC. The veteran linebacker will take over everything in the 4-2-5 alignment, but the options and rotation has to fill in next to him. Shaun Dolac made plays in his first year, but the defense needs more parts to fight against the run.

The secondary got help from the transfer portal to boost up an already good situation. It’s going to take fall camp to get all five parts in place, and not having big-hitting safety Cory Gross hurts, but Marcus Fuqua should be one of the team’s leading tacklers. The safeties are fine, but the corners have to emerge.

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CFN Preseason All-MAC Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the MAC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-MAC team and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the MAC going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-MAC team and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN MAC Offensive Player of the Year

RB Lew Nichols, Soph. Central Michigan

Coming off a strong 2020 averaging close to seven yards per carry with over 500 rushing yards, he was all but unstoppable in 2021.

The 5-10, 220-pounder led the nation with 1,848 rushing yards and over 142 per game with 16 rushing scores and two receiving touchdowns. Steady, he came up with over 130 yards in each of the last eight games, and once again he’s going to be the featured star of the attack.

2022 Preseason CFN MAC Defensive Player of the Year

LB Jamal Hines, Sr. Toledo

The three-time All-MAC defender – First Team last season – is a true hybrid who can do a little of everything right. He’s an outside linebacker, but he’s really an edge rushing defensive end who’ll live behind the line for stretches.

The 6-3, 250-pounder made 88 tackles with ten sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and broke up eight passes. With all his experience and all his skill, he’s about to be an all-star gamewrecker again.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-MAC Team: Offense

QB Dequan Finn, Soph. Toledo

RB Lew Nichols, Soph. Central Michigan

RB Sean Tyler, Jr. Western Michigan

WR Dante Cephas, Jr. Kent State

WR Trayvon Rudolph, Soph. Northern Illinois

TE Joel Wilson, Jr. Central Michigan

OT Brian Dooley, Jr. Eastern Michigan

OG Sidy Sow, Sr. Eastern Michigan

C Jake Gideon, Soph. Western Michigan

OG Logan Zschemitz, Soph. Northern Illinois

OT Nick Rosi, Jr. Toledo

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-MAC Team: Defense

DE Karl Brooks, Sr. Bowling Green

DT James Ester, Soph. Northern Illinois

DT Daymond Williams, Sr. Buffalo

DE Jose Ramirez, Jr. Eastern Michigan

LB Jamal Hines, Sr. Toledo

LB Corvin Moment, Sr. Western Michigan

LB James Patterson, Sr. Buffalo

CB Jordan Gandy, Jr. Northern Illinois

S CJ Brown, Soph. Northern Illinois

S Maxen Hook, Soph. Toledo

CB Donte Kent, Soph. Central Michigan

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-MAC Team: Special Teams

PK Andrew Glass, Soph. Kent State

P Luke Elzinga, Soph. Central Michigan

KR Trayvon Rudolph, Soph. Northern Illinois

PR Jhaylin Embry, Soph. Bowling Green

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East Akron | Bowlilng Green | Buffalo
Kent State |
Miami University | Ohio
West  Ball State | Central Mich | Eastern Mich
Northern Illinois | Toledo | Western Michigan
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 MAC Players

30. Karl Brooks, DE Sr. Bowling Green

29. Bryce Houston, LB Jr. Ohio

28. Jordan Gandy, CB Jr. Northern Illinois

27. Jeslord Boateng, LB Jr. Akron

26. Jordan Anderson, S Jr. Bowling Green

25. Mac Hippenhammer, WR Sr. Miami University

24. Daniel Richardson, QB Soph. Central Michigan

23. Brian Dooley, OT Jr. Eastern Michigan

22. Yo’Heinz Tyler, WR Sr. Ball State

21. Tariq Speights, LB Jr. Eastern Michigan

20. Daymond Williams, NT Sr. Buffalo

19. La’Darius Jefferson, RB Sr. Western Michigan

18. Matthew Salopek, LB Soph. Miami University

17. Maxen Hook, S Soph. Toledo

16. Trayvon Rudolph, WR Soph. Northern Illinois

15. Desjuan Johnson, LB Sr. Toledo

14. Marquez Cooper, RB Jr. Kent State

13. Kurtis Rourke, QB Jr. Ohio

12. Sean Tyler, RB Jr. Western Michigan

11. Sidy Sow, OG Sr. Eastern Michigan

10. Dante Cephas, WR, Jr. Kent State

9. Brett Gabbert, QB Jr. Miami University

8. Darren Anders, LB Sr. Bowling Green

7. Brandon Martin, LB Sr. Ball State

6. Dequan Finn, QB Soph. Toledo

5. CJ Brown, S Soph. Northern Illinois

4. James Patterson, LB Sr. Buffalo

3. Corvin Moment, LB Sr. Western Michigan

2. Jamal Hines, LB Sr. Toledo

1. Lew Nichols, RB Soph. Central Michigan

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East Akron | Bowlilng Green | Buffalo
Kent State |
Miami University | Ohio
West  Ball State | Central Mich | Eastern Mich
Northern Illinois | Toledo | Western Michigan
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Buffalo Bulls Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?

Buffalo Bulls Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: MAC Spring Version 2022

MAC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

MAC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s the MAC. It’s the conference where worst-to-first is the norm, with 2020 winless Northern Illinois winning the MAC championship in 2021, everyone can beat anyone else, and Toledo will end up somewhere in the middle of it all.

It’s about as settled as the league has been in a long time with the strength still in the West, Buffalo about to be better in the East, and with Akron and Bowling Green still questionable.

Again, though, it’s the MAC. The Zips or Falcons could end up in Detroit in January playing for the title.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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Akron vs Buffalo College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Akron vs Buffalo prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10

Akron vs Buffalo prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


Akron vs Buffalo How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 1:30 ET
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Akron (21-9), Buffalo (19-10)
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Buffalo vs Ball State Prediction, Game Preview

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Buffalo vs Ball State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, November 23


Buffalo vs Ball State How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, November 23
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Buffalo (4-7), Ball State (5-6)
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Why Buffalo Will Win

The Bulls desperately need to end their season on a high note.

It’s ben a rough run for the defense, but to pull this off and end 5-7 instead of 4-8, it’s all about controlling the clock. Buffalo has a terrific running game that averages close to 200 yards per game and converts on third down after third down.

They lead the MAC in sacks, they’re great in time of possession, and  on the flip side, Ball State doesn’t do nearly enough to get behind the line, it doesn’t control the clock, and the run D is spotty, to be nice.

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Why Ball State Will Win

The Buffalo defense has gone bye-bye.

It struggled throughout the season and hasn’t been consistent, but just when it needed to rise up it crashed, allowing over 1,500 yards and 134 points over the last three games.

The Ball State defense hasn’t been any better lately, but the offense has the running game to point on a Bull run defense that should be a whole lot better considering the pressure it generates from the outside.

Yes, UB is great at rushing the passer, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Ball State offense is good enough to give all the parts of the passing game time to work.

Both teams are having major problems in what appeared to be promising seasons, but Ball State is still alive for a bowl game. It’s not going to repeat as the MAC champion, but going to a bowl again and avoiding a losing regular season will be the extra juice it needs.

Buffalo’s defense will be a tad worse than Ball State’s

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Buffalo vs Ball State Prediction, Lines

Ball State 34, Buffalo 24
Line: Ball State -6.5, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2

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MAC Football Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

MAC Week 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings. Toledo at Ohio, Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green at Miami University, Northern Illinois at Buffalo, Central Michigan at Ball State, Kent State at Akron

MAC football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 67-19, ATS: 47-36, Point Total: 44-39-2

Tuesday, November 16

Toledo at Ohio

7:00, ESPN+
Line: Toledo -7, o/u: 54.5

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Western Michigan -5.5, o/u: 66

Bowling Green at Miami University

8:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -17, o/u: 51.5

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Wednesday, November 17

Northern Illinois at Buffalo

7:00, ESPN2
Line: Northern Illinois -1.5, o/u: 62.5

Central Michigan at Ball State

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Ball State -1.5, o/u: 61

Saturday, November 20

Kent State at Akron

12:00, ESPN+
Line: Kent State -13.5, o/u: 75

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Northern Illinois vs Buffalo Prediction, Game Preview

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Northern Illinois vs Buffalo prediction, game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, November 17


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Date: Wednesday, November 17
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Northern Illinois (7-3), Buffalo (4-6)
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Why Northern Illinois Will Win

It’s right there for the taking. Win this, win the MAC West and go play for the conference championship.

The defense has been a tad sketchy over the last few weeks, but the offense has found the explosion through the air now that everyone has loaded up to stop the run.

Buffalo can’t stop any of it.

The Bulls are getting roasted through the air over the last two weeks – you’re doing something wrong if you’re getting blown up by Bowling Green and Miami University – but this should be about the run defense. UB gives up 200 yards per game on the ground with too much ease.

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Why Buffalo Will Win

The Buffalo offense has to keep up at home.

It went bye-bye last week in the blowout loss to Miami University, but it rolled for close to 500 yards against Bowling Green after coming up with 454 against Akron.

Okay, so big days on those two might not seem like that bit a deal, but the Northern Illinois pass defense doesn’t make enough big things happen and the run D was rolled by Ball State and Kent State for over 600 yards over the last two weeks.

What’s Going To Happen

Can Buffalo keep its bowl hopes alive – it needs to win this and beat Ball State next week – all while making Northern Illinois work for the West? It’ll be up in the first half as it comes out smoking in the final home game of the season.

But the Huskies will get the passing game going in the second half as Rocky Lombardi stays hot after a fantastic last three weeks. The balance will kick in late with two big scoring drives to finally pull away.

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Northern Illinois vs Buffalo Prediction, Lines

Northern Illinois 38, Buffalo 34
Line: Northern Illinois -1.5, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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MAC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 11

MAC Week 11 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings.

MAC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 61-18, ATS: 42-35, Point Total: 40-37-2

Tuesday, November 9

Akron at Western Michigan

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Line: Western Michigan -26, o/u: 62

Buffalo at Miami University

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -7, o/u: 57.5

Ohio at Eastern Michigan

8:00, ESPN2
Line: Eastern Michigan -6, o/u: 60.5

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Wednesday, November 10

Ball State at Northern Illinois

7:00, ESPN2
Prediction: Northern Illinois 30, Ball State 27
Line: Ball State -2.5, o/u: 62.5

Toledo at Bowling Green

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Prediction: Toledo 41, Bowling Green 24
Line: Toledo -10.5, o/u: 50.5

Kent State at Central Michigan

8:00, ESPNU
Prediction: Central Michigan 41, Kent State 37
Line: Central Michigan -2.5, o/u: 74.5

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Buffalo vs Miami University Prediction, Game Preview

Buffalo vs Miami University prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Tuesday.

Buffalo vs Miami University prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, November 9


Buffalo vs Miami University How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, November 9
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: ESPNU
How To Watch: Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH
Record: Buffalo (4-5), Miami University (4-5)
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Why Buffalo Will Win

The Buffalo run defense is but a mere rumor.

From home run touchdown dashes from Ohio, to getting hammered by Bowling Green and Akron for over 220 yards each, to the Kent State FlashFast style of offense, everyone is getting fat on this front wall.

How bad is this? The Bulls are 113th in the nation against the run allowing an average of 200 yards per game.

Can Miami take advantage of opportunity? Not really.

The RedHawks wouldn’t might running, but it only came up with 200 yards twice this year and once was against LIU of the FCS world.

On the other side, the Bulls are rolling with close to 500 yards in three of the last four games with a great balance, a lot of explosion, and …

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Why Miami University Will Win

The Miami offense is about to throw a whole lot.

Teams are used to running the ball at will on the Buffalo D, but that’s not really what the RedHawks do.

Brett Gabbert is coming off a 492-yard passing day with five scores against Ohio, the O has hit over 200 yards through the air against everyone but Cincinnati, and the Buffalo secondary can be thrown on.

Gabbert will get time – the Miami offensive line has been fantastic at keeping defenses out of the backfield.

Teams are usually too busy running the ball on the UB D and don’t bother with throwing, but getting past 200 yards isn’t going to be a problem.

What’s Going To Happen

Neither defense is doing anything to take the ball away, both teams are coming off of embarrassing losses – Miami lost to Ohio and Buffalo somehow managed to lose to Bowling Green – and now it’s do-or-die time for any hopes of going bowling.

And Miami University is still in the MAC East title chase.

MU will get the running game going for the first time in a while, and the passing attack will work, too. The RedHawk defense will step up against the run, but Buffalo will throw well enough to stay in this. It won’t be enough.

It’s going to be surprisingly fun because neither side will stop the other. Miami will stop Buffalo more.

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Buffalo vs Miami University Prediction, Lines

Miami University 38, Buffalo 30
Line: Miami University -7, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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