Game Preview: Western Michigan versus the Buffalo Bulls

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Buffalo heads into Kalamazoo as the Bulls look for their fourth consecutive win. Can Jeff Quinn's squad win once again to improve to 4-2 (2-0)?

After back-to-back blowout wins against Connecticut and Eastern Michigan, Buffalo fans must be asking themselves, does it get any easier?

The short answer: probably.

After winning their last two games against opponents with a combined one win on the season, the Bulls easy portion of their schedule continues this week as Buffalo hit the road to take on win-less Western Michigan.

Normally one of the more consistent programs in the MAC, the Broncos have struggled mightily this year as they rank in the bottom 10 in the country in both scoring offense and defense.

After a horrible loss to FCS member Nichols State, things have only gotten worse for Western Michigan as they’ve been handled in two consecutive conference games.

Buffalo enters ready to add onto the Broncos misery.

Offensively, Western Michigan is a mess. Starting quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen has an absolutely horrible 83.9 quarterback rating, completing only 44.9% of his passes for 906 yards, four touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Backing him up is Zach Terrell who hasn’t fared much better, throwing three interceptions to only two touchdowns.

Their favorite target by far is Corey Davis who far and away leas the team in most receiving categories.

Davis has 28 receptions for 412 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

When the Broncos run the ball, they split carries between Brian Fields and Dareyon Chance. As a unit, Western Michigan averages only 3.6 yards per carry and has five touchdowns.

Overall, Western Michigan is a horrible team. No team can be successful when averaging only 15 points per game while allowing opponents to score 38.2 points per game.

Expect the Bulls to head into Kalamazoo and once again dominate on both sides of the ball.

With the emergence of Adam Redden combined with the always solid play of Khalil Mack and Colby Way, Buffalo should have no problems shutting down the Broncos offense.

Add in the fact that the Western Michigan defense struggles to stop anyone, Bulls fans should be equally confident that their offensive unit will have another big game.

Expect a healthy Branden Oliver to have another big game, as he should pass 3,000 career-rushing yards while Joe Licata and Alex Neutz try to bring the Western New York Connection into Michigan.

Buffalo will win this game. It won’t be as big of a rout as last week but it surely won’t be close.

Prediction: Buffalo 42-17

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