Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Buffalo Bulls season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Buffalo Bulls
No, 6-6 just isn’t good enough. And it really won’t be good enough this year.
No, this isn’t going to be a UCF situation, and this isn’t a good enough team to go unbeaten in the regular season like Western Michigan did a few years ago, but Buffalo might not be too far off.
The 2016 version wasn’t far off, either, giving Minnesota a hard time in the opener before losing 17-7 in a game even tighter than the final score. The Bulls lost to Army, Western Michigan – in that epic seven overtime firefight – Northern Illinois and Akron by a total of nine points.
They were able to beat Florida Atlantic – the last team to do so – took down a terrific Ohio team, and got hot enough late in the season to get to six wins and bowl eligibility. Being snubbed by the post-season world might have been the best thing to happen to UB – this is one fired up and motivated team now.
Best of all, it has the talent to do something about it.
6-7 Tyree Jackson isn’t Josh Allen, but he’s got the tools and the talent to be the quarterback darling of the NFL scouting community over the next several months.
Khalil Hodge isn’t Khalil Mack, but he’s an ultra-productive inside linebacker who’ll be on several preseason All-America teams.
Anthony Johnson isn’t Corey Davis or Antonio Brown, but the 6-2, 207-pound former JUCO transfer has the love of the pro scouts after coming up with 76 grabs for 1,356 yards and 14 scores.
Take those three stars, eight starters back on offense, seven on defense, and add in surprising depth just about everywhere, and then mix in a manageable schedule with Rutgers and Temple the toughest non-conference games, and all the makings are there for Buffalo to be the team you have to know about going into the season.
The bowls will know all about the Bulls this year, too.