1. These two are going to be really, really good next year
This was a disappointment for Buffalo, but the machine isn’t stopping. The Bulls will be the favorites to win the MAC if QB Tyree Jackson returns, but Kyle Vantrease leads a good group of options if Jackson leaves early for the NFL.
In all, eight starters should be back on offense, but the defense gets gutted with eight starters done including star LB Khalil Hodge. So why is UB head coach Lance Leipold all fired up? The depth and the underclassmen are the best they’ve been at UB in a long, long time, maybe ever.
Troy is in an even better situation. The recruiting under Neal Brown has upgrade the talent level in a huge way. Seven starters are back on offense – the receiving corps is an issue – for what should be a stronger attack. The defense gets back back seven key guys, and like Buffalo, the depth is there.
These two are going to be major players once again.