2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Buffalo Offense
Find receivers. The quarterback play will be more than fine with Kyle Vantrease and Dominic Johnson two promising passers who should be able to replace Tyree Jackson. However, the receiving corps lost the top five pass catchers – it would’ve been a killer group of WRs KJ Osborn and Charlie Jones and TE Tyler Mabry didn’t transfer – and have to rely on a whole lot of young players to make the new starting quarterback shine. There’s one game to get ready for the trip at Penn State.
Biggest Key To The Buffalo Defense
The line has to pass protect in key spots. The Bull front five was terrific all year, but it struggled to keep Troy’s defensive front out of the backfield, allowing three sacks in the Dollar General Bowl loss.
UB was dominating the MAC Championship, and then the NIU velociraptors at defensive end attacked, finished with four sacks, and the game changed. With a new starting quarterback and a whole new group of receivers, the veteran O line has to be even stronger.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Antonio Nunn, Jr.
To belabor the wide receiver point, the Bulls desperately need someone to turn into a No. 1 target right out of the gate. The 5-11, 200-pound Nunn is the leading returning receiver with 12 catches for 146 yards and a score, but he showed up in the bowl loss to Troy with four grabs. He might not be a volume catcher, but he can stretch the field.
Key Game To The Buffalo Season
Ohio, Oct. 5
There might be some rebuilding to do, but this is still the class of the MAC East going into the season … if it beats the Bobcats. Ohio roasted the Bulls 52-17 last season, but the home team has won every game in the series going back to 2009. It might be midway through the season, but win, and the East should be there for the taking.
– Buffalo Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Buffalo Fun Stats
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Buffalo 144 – Opponents 65
– Sacks: Buffalo 35 for 196 yards – Opponents 15 for 89 yards
– Penalties: Opponents 106 for 1,087 yards – Buffalo 69 for 572 yards