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Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Up and at 'em!

You know the debate we have about Morgan State and Stony Brook? Well OSU fans have that about us, but at least on LGHL they understand the difference between a struggling mid major and a hopeless one.

Ohio State football: Dealing with weak schedule pressure - Land-Grant Holy Land
That's a dangerous expectation, because absolutely throttling somebody, even a bad team (and let's be honest, Buffalo and SDSU are not bad teams, like say, Eastern Michigan, or Florida International are), isn't easy. If Ohio State beats Buffalo on Saturday say, 35-14, we're going to hear some people second guessing the performance on sports talk radio. We're also going to read from at least one blogger about how the offense or the team underachieved a little. The Buckeyes could potentially lose some AP/Coaches Poll votes to teams with more lopsided victories. And then we're left with the ridiculous scenario of complaining about beating a bowl team by 21 points.

Part of their concern has to do with our defense.

Ohio State Football Notebook: Meyer Insists Hall is the Man to Beat at Running Back | Eleven Warriors
Herman noted the uniqueness of the Bulls’ defense. "It’s something that is a little bit difficult to prepare for because you’ve been playing against a certain style of defense all fall camp and then you go into your first game and they are a 3 3 stack team that will play three down linemen, three linebackers, three safeties and two corners," he said. Going against Mack should provide the Buckeyes’ up-tempo, highly regarded offense with a good first-game test. Quinn admitted it will yield answers for Mack, as well. Braxton Miller is the best player the Bulls will face all season. How much does Quinn like him? Enough to declare him the top Heisman contender.

I've never heard of UB describes as a 3-3 team, maybe OSU is more confused than I thought.

One of our games is tabbed by SI as a key out of conference match-up for the MAC. They also have UB going 7-5

Northern Illinois, Toledo lead 2013 MAC conference preview - College Football - Martin Rickman - SI.com
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni is on the ropes at UConn, and this is Buffalo's best shot at a marquee nonconference win. The Buffalo defense is good, but the Bulls need to show they can move the ball offensively in Jeff Quinn's fourth year at the helm.

That game should be on Time Warner Cable in NYC

Time Warner Cable Sports Named New Regional Television Partner > MAC > News
In New York State, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is available in HD on Channel 323 in central New York, channel 1803 in both Albany and Hudson Valley, channel 1026 in Rochester, and channel 713 in Buffalo on Time Warner Cable systems. MAC games will also be available on Time Warner Cable channel 197 in New York City.

And if you are a big NFL fan you should know that aside from Marcus Rivers every UB Bull who entered NFL camps is still holding on. Here is one of them, Steven Means, in an interview. DE Steven Means – I Go Out There and Have Fun

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