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Game Preview: Massachusetts versus the Buffalo Bulls

Can Buffalo make it five wins in a row Saturday afternoon against Massachusetts?

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This might be the easiest game preview that I'm privileged to write all season.

For as easy as the last three games have been for the Buffalo Bulls, this game might take the cake.

After outscoring their opponents 116-26 the past three weeks, Buffalo returns home to take on a Minutemen team that has only scored 52 points all season (8.7 ppg).

Massachusetts can’t score and has the worst offense in all of college football at the present moment.

Put that up against a Bulls defense coming off their first road shutout since 1965 this past weekend and you have a match-up that looks ugly on paper.

Football however isn’t played on paper. That’s why they play the games.

Quarterback A.J. Doyle leads Massachusetts’s historically poor offense. The sophomore quarterback is 76 of 135 on the year for 689 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Doyle is coming off a solid game against Miami (Ohio), a 17-10 win for Massachusetts in which he went 19 of 35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

His go-to guy is sophomore Tajae Sharpe. The New Jersey native has 35 receptions for 331 yards and three touchdowns in six games this year.

Running the ball, the Minutemen go with a rotation. Stacey Bedell gets the most carries of anyone in the rotation, carrying the ball 73 times for 248 yards and a touchdown.

Massachusetts struggles to run, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry on 196 attempts on the year.

It honestly shouldn't be much of a challenge for Buffalo to contain the Minutemen offense.

The Bulls defense is much more talented that the Massachusetts offense and should be able to easily hold them to less than 14 points (I'm being conservative here).

Defensively, the Minutemen aren’t horrible but they certainly aren’t good. They’re much better than their offensive counterparts, ranking in the top 80 in the county in points allowed per game (28.0).

In two MAC contests, Massachusetts has only allowed 19 points per game. Still, they shouldn't be much of a challenge for Branden Oliver and company.

Look for Buffalo to run the ball down Massachusetts throat Saturday afternoon, as they should have a dominant day on both sides of the ball.

This game shouldn't be close. Buffalo will win in a rout.

Prediction:
Buffalo 38-7