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John's Keys to the Game - Army

Keys for the Bulls to beat the Army Black Knights this Saturday at Michie Stadium

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The Bulls stay in state and head down to West Point, to take on the Army Black Knights this Saturday, after narrowly escaping FCS foe Duquesne in the season opener. So here are my keys to the Bulls starting 2-0 for the first time since the 1980's...

Size Advantage - Use It!

One of the problems that the military academies have on the gridiron is that their offensive and defensive lineman are not nearly as big and bulky as other Division I schools. Obviously, doing military PT, and having strict physical guidelines for entrance into the academies limits the size options on the line and that give Buffalo a serious advantage over Army. The average UB offensive lineman is 6 foot 5 and 316 pounds, while Army's largest listed defensive lineman is true freshman Andrew McLean who is listed at 6 foot 4 and 269 pounds.

So, with such a huge size advantage over the Army defense the UB offense should have no issues dominating at the point of attack and having their way with the Black Knights' defense. Which leads us to...

Run the Damn Ball!

Coach Quinn and Offensive Coordinator Alex Wood have three, yes, three! running backs at their disposal to grind down the Army defense, and take advantage of the size mismatch that I touched upon earlier. Anthone Taylor has two touchdowns and 115 yards on 30 carries against Duquesne, while both Jordan Johnson, and senior Devin Campbell both chipped in 38 and 37 yards respectively. It's pretty obvious that UB can outmuscle Army so Quinn can play his hardnosed ground-and-pound style of football and control the time of possession while tiring the Army defense, it shouldn't be too hard for them to figure out, right?

Paging Mr. Tepper, Mr. Lou Tepper...

Last week against Duquesne while watching Lou Tepper's playing calling, I went from this to this to finally, this, in only the span of a few minutes. Lou Tepper is a genius linebacker and defensive coach, but some of the things he does dumbfound me to no end, like only rushing the passer with 3 or4 men, sure that worked when you had Khalil Mack, but he's not here anymore. Or, as Conrad pointed out Tepper hanging his defensive backs out to dry in the "No Man's Land". So, if Lou Tepper can call a solid game defensively, and adjust to what the Army triple option offense is doing, the Bulls shouldn't have a problem shutting Army down, in fact they only conceded 53 yards on the ground last weekend to the Dukes and displayed a stout Run D.

Kickoff is at noon this Saturday, Go Bulls!