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10 Factors to decide the game
1) UB Offense vs Stony Brook Defense
Stony Brook's defensive line is on average 19 pounds lighter than Ohio State's, their Linebackers are 13 pounds lighter than Ohio State's and Stony Brook has three defensive backs 5'10 and shorter. If it looks like BO was running with a parachute on his back, this game should be the game where the parachute comes off. Neutz, who has dominated the offense so far, offers our only real matchup dilemma, will Stony Brook double him? If they do, BO and the tight ends will really have to step up. But today, I think size matters and UB will win this matchup.
2) House Protection Index:
New York @ Buffalo: 33 Players from New York = 66 points
Stony Brook: 50 Players from New York = 100 points
3) UB Defense vs Stony Brook Offense
Despite the hype, Marcus Coker only ran for 90 yards on 23 carries against Rhode Island. I can live with that. The passing game was dependent on the play action pass. If UB can hold Coker to 3-4 yards per carry without bringing extra pressure, they can drop back in their zone coverage and slowly suffocate the Seawolf offense.
That said I'd obviously prefer that we pin our ears back and pound Stony Brook into submission, but that's just me. Stony Brook only played one game, but Rhode Island did not look on Stony's level, that said, the numbers just aren't that impressive on offense. Stony's use of the playaction plays into UB's strenghts, unlike Baylor who gets the ball out quickly, playaction keeps the ball in the QBs hands a little longer. Look for Mack to have a big day.
4) Bad Quote of the week
Although Buffalo's Joe Licata hit receiver Alex Neutz for six completions covering 197 yards and one touchdown last week at Baylor, Nakwaasah said the numbers were "inflated" because of the nature of a 70-13 loss.
Is Buffalo buzzing for 0-2 UB against a FBS team? That's not the Buffalo I remember. But Nakwaasah please, did you even watch the tape? Neutz ate them up in the first half and sat the entire 2nd half, you get the bad quote of the week.
Buffalo: Alex Neutz - Caught 15 for 295 this year at Ohio State and at Baylor.
Stony Brook: Jahrie Level - Caught 10 for 119 against Bowling Green as a member of the Idaho Vandals last year. Will see his first action as a Seawolf today.
6) Tweet of the week
Trying to contain my excitement for UB's showdown with Stony Brook.— Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) September 14, 2013
props to stony brook for having the absolute shittest social life, worst parties, and for being fucking miserable 🙌— Kenny Troy (@TheKennyTroy) September 14, 2013
Advantage: Push. UB has great social life, great parties and despite sometimes mirroring Siberia, isn't that miserable. Except for the Buffalo News Sports Department...misery nourishes them.
7) Key Situation
3rd and long. Stony Brook converted 3rd and long through the air 6 times. Will Buffalo drop 8 and rush 3 or will they bring the pressure? Will the secondary step up this week?
Advantage: Stony Brook
8) US News & World Report Ranking
Stony Brook: 82
Advantage: Stony Brook
9) In a close game...
Buffalo has twice failed to score in the redzone: Stuffed on the goaline at Ohio State and fumble on the 10 yard line against Baylor that was returned for a touchdown. Buffalo also had an extra point blocked. In a close game, those deficiencies could spell trouble.
Stony Brook's kicker is 1 for 2, missing wide right from 27. They won't see the swirling winds of November, but UB Stadium is rarely a kickers paradise. In a close game, SB's kicker may not come through in the clutch.
Advantage: Stony Brook, missing out on points when you are in close is a season killer.
10) Goin' Streaking:
The Thomas E. Dewey SUNY Trophy: Buffalo holds 1-0 series lead, last game 2011.
Buffalo vs FCS: 4 consecutive wins
Buffalo at Home: 2 consecutive wins
Stony Brook vs FBS: 5 consecutive losses