A few projections out there have Buffalo as a possible bowl team but most prognosticators have UB or WMU (or UB AND WMU) sitting home this bowl season. But the folks in the department are not going to go quietly into the off season.
They released this, and I’d like to help it get some traction.
The Bulls finished 6-6, and it’s frustrating to consider that in four games they were not only “in the game” but led or were tied. UB played like an 8-10 win team this season. So honestly even if they don’t bowl I won’t throw a fit.
But here is the case for UB over some of the other 6-6 teams. Keep in mind Bowls are about one thing, making money. To make money the teams need to be e xciting to watch and have an active fan base.
- UB is hot, winning their last three games including a victory over Bowl bound Ohio
- UB has an explosive offense, throwing up 432 yards a game and that;s despite having three different quarterback start because of injuries.
- Beat the Conference USA champion Florida Atlantic Owls
- UB has big stars but they also have depth. Seven Bull’s won conference player of the week this year.
- Best defender in the MAC and second most prolific tackler in the country (Khalil Hodge)
- Best receiver in the MAC and second most productive pass catcher in the county (Anthony Johnson)
- A Quarterback averaging 341 yards per game since returning from Injury
Finally, UB is a good story. They have a former DIII coach who seems to be getting his DI feet under him and a team which not only shined in their wins but also played exciting games in their close losses.
The Bulls lost a lot of key players to injury but kept on trucking all season long. They would be as entertaining, more entertaining, than a lot of the 6-6 teams.