The Postseason Meal will have to sustain us all until the Bulls return in 2014. The goal of the postseason meal is to Hydrate, Nutritionate and Reflect on the season that was. UB Football was record breaking in 2013, but so was UBBullrun. Only difference is UBBullrun has no talent cliff, and you never have to graduate.
A football season is like a meal. There is a long period of preparation and anticipation, then the meal is devoured quickly. A good meal leaves you wanting more. A healthy meal energizes you for hours after. A bad tasting meal leaves you sick to your stomach, and reluctant to eat any more. A meal that is bad for you leaves you bloated, tired, and generally unhealthy.
An 8-4 season is the best meal UB football has had at the grown-ups table. Sure we didn't have dessert, that MAC Championship we enjoyed five years ago, but the main course was still good. Buffalo has the opportunity to win their first ever bowl game, and even though that opportunity takes the Bulls to Idaho, it just means our coaches will have more time to focus on next years offering. Jeff Quinn was already the 2nd winningest coach in UB's FBS history. He is now only 4 wins away from passing Turner Gill.
Jeff Quinn in 4 years got a crash course in UB fan life from the extreme bottoms to the very top. Many questions linger: is Quinn really the right guy for UB? Was this a mirage created by an easy schedule? Was this all senior talent winning in spite of coaching? After years preaching Next Bull In, does he have another Mack, BO or Neutz in the locker room?
There are more questions, but at least for now, it is time to appreciate what we've all been through and how great this season has been. From the depths of 1999 to 2008 back down to 2009 and up again to 2013, we started from the bottom and now were here: winning games, playing with All-Americans and going to Bowl Games.
The Postseason Song is: Started From the Bottom - Drake
Postseason Nutrition is: Cupcakes. I can dish it, I can take it. Gigi's covers most of the MAC Belt, try hers. We played, in my opinion, the weakest MAC schedule in the conference, catching all the worst teams in the league. We avoided NIU, Ball State, CMU and Akron and failed in our toughest tests: Bowling Green and Toledo. It is kind of a bad sign when your best performance against a good team was the first game at Ohio State. That said, we are usually the cupcake who can't beat ANYONE. In [year redacted] we lost to Akron.
We at some point may join the club of mediocre MAC teams that can win the small games but never the big ones, [cough] OHIO [cough]. But for now, lets just enjoy winning and hope that we build on this.
Last MAC Championship:
|Club||Team||Last Championship Win||Winning Seasons Since Last Championship|
|Winners Club||Bowling Green||0 years ago||n/a|
|Spoiled Club||Northern Illinois||1 year ago||1|
|Basking in past Glory||Miami||3 years ago||0|
|Basking in past Glory||Central Michigan||4 years ago||1|
|Basking in past Glory||Buffalo||5 years ago||1|
|Getting Sad||Akron||8 years ago||0|
|Not Fair||Toledo||9 years ago||5|
|Not Fair||Ball||17 years ago||4|
|Ouch||Western||25 years ago||14|
|Kinda Surprised They Won One||EMU||26 years ago||3|
|Sad||Kent||41 years ago||7|
|Infinite Sadness||Ohio||45 years ago||14|
Postseason Hydration is: Champagne Cocktail The duality of the 2013 season in drink form. Bitter, but sweet and something to be celebrated. A sugar cube in the drink dissolves over time to take some of the bitter edge off the drink and unlock more sweetness. Likewise, I believe time will be more friendly to the 2013 Bulls. A squad of seniors who overcame the odds to finally fulfill their destiny as the first post MAC Championship recruit class.
Well enough good positive thoughts, time to visualize the talent cliff:
The Senior Class
Bad news first,
Bad news, Oliver did a lot. Good news, between Campbell, Potts and Taylor Buffalo has a committee that should be able to keep the running game flowing.
Defense (open to see bigger):
The 'Talent Cliff' might hurt the defense more than the offense. UB loses most of their secondary, most of their defensive line, you can't replace Khalil Mack, and the loss of Adam Redden will hurt as he seemed to be the key to Tepper's adjusted 3-3-5 defense.