1. BUFFALO WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The lines are going to be among the best in the MAC, the defensive back seven will grow into a strong group. Even with all the transfers and departures from the passing game parts, and despite the loss of so much linebacker talent, this will still be among the league’s best teams.
It’s not going to be the powerhouse that ripped through most of last year – before gagging away the MAC Championship and losing the bowl game to Troy – but it should be the star of the East, or second-best team behind Ohio.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
There are just enough problem games to keep from winning ten regular season games again, but the team will be just good enough to avoid an ugly drop-off.
The trip to Penn State is the only almost-certain loss. The Temple game is in Amherst, and so are the key MAC showdowns against Ohio and Toledo.
The Bulls won’t be so good that they’ll avoid getting tripped up by a Miami University and/or a an Eastern Michigan on the road, but even if there’s a clunker along the way, shooting for eight wins is just fine, even with all of the big personnel losses.