Buffalo Bulls College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Buffalo Bulls Biggest Key: Offense
Do more with the passing game. It’s going to be hard to ask any team to run like Buffalo was able to do last year, and the numbers are skewed because the team spent so much time bashing away on the ground that there wasn’t much point in throwing.
However, when the Bulls need to throw, they need to do it better and more efficiently.
It wan’t a coincidence that the team’s best passing day of the year came in the same game as the worst rushing day – the loss to Ball State in the MAC Championship. When UB couldn’t do what it did best, there was a problem.
No, this doesn’t have to be a high-flying fun show of a passing attack, but hit at least 60% every game and come up with more than three touchdown passes in six games – four game in the win over Miami University.
Buffalo Bulls Biggest Key: Defense
The pass defense has to shut down the good teams, too. The overall defensive statistics were outstanding thanks to playing offensively challenged teams like Akron and Bowling Green and – by the time the end of the year kicked in – Marshall. However, the teams that could throw a forward pass did it effectively.
Kent State was too busy getting run over to do anything more than throw, and throw it did for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Buffalo won, but the D got shredded.
Ball State came up with the second-best passing day of the year against UB, and it pulled off the win averaging 8.5 yards per throw with three scores.
Nebraska and Coastal Carolina are up early, and so are Kent State and Western Michigan. The secondary has to tighten up.
Buffalo Bulls Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Jovany Ruiz, Sr.
And/or Dominic Johnson, and for Bernard Porter. The Bulls’ biggest loss is RB Jaret Patterson, but Antonio Nunn was an All-MAC receiver, and Trevor Wilson averaged 20 yards per catch before leaving for Kansas.
The 6-0, 195-pound Ruiz hasn’t done all that much so far – catching 20 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown last year after missing all of 2019 – but that makes the former walk-on DK Metcalf compared to the production from the other returning targets.
He’s not going to be the team’s best target, but he has to be reliable early on until the other guys start doing more.
Buffalo Bulls Key Game To The 2021 Season
at Kent State, Oct. 9
Just how much has the program dropped off – if any – after last year? The 70-41 win over Kent State had a whole slew of parts to it – the UB ground game couldn’t be stopped, but the UB D struggled way too much.
Ohio will be tough and Miami University is dangerous, but lose on the road at Kent State, and winning the East will be a tall task.
2020 Buffalo Bulls Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Buffalo 91 – Opponents 13
– Field Goals: Opponents 7-of-12 – Buffalo 1-of-4
– Sacks: Buffalo 20 for 127 yards – Opponents 1 for 9 yards