.Head Coach- Jeff Quinn (4th year)
2013 Record: 4-8 (3-5 MAC Eest)
2012 was a year the Buffalo faithful had circled as a possible breakout season with plenty of experience back and a pretty good defense. Obviously things didn't pan out that way with a 1-7 start stamping out the Bulls dreams. A late season change at quarterback gave UB a 3-1 finish and hopes that the momentum carries over to 2013. Seems eerily similar to 2012 doesn't it with 15 players back and we know how that turned out so I have to see it to believe it for a program that doesn't have a winning tradition.
If experience counts for any thing, Buffalo is in great shape with 17 returning starters. The defense has been left to fend for itself on too many occasions and appear up to the task with eight back on the second ranked unit in the conference which is saying a lot with some pretty good offensive teams in the league. The centerpiece is linebacker Khalil Mack who recorded 21 TFL and had eight sacks while finishing with 94 stops. Offensively, nine players return with running back Branden Oliver a talented runner if given room to operate. The offense should be much improved with dual threat QB Alex Zordich back but Joe Licata might be the man under center after a strong finish in 2012.
The offense has to be considered a weak link until proven otherwise. Yes Branden Oliver is a talent, but he still needs room to operate and is Licata truly the man for the job? Buffalo needs production through the air and if he doesn't provide it, will Zordich be on the bench long? Even if Zordich starts the season, the Bulls can't struggle offensively and begin another year 1-7 but at some point I begin to wonder whether there is a difference between experience and talent on the offensive side of the ball. Whoever is under center, they have to get the ball to Alex Neutz who caught 65 balls for over 1,000 yards and that doesn't appear to be a sure thing the way the air attack has been.
The defense will keep Buffalo competitive if the offense carries their share of the load but that has been the case. The obvious key is an effective passing attack but at the risk of beating a dead horse; I need to see this for more than a few games. Some thing makes me believe we'll see some life in this team, but I thought the same in 2012 so in my view, a .500 season is possible but who knows.