There are going to be between 79 and 83 Bowl eligible teams. Using my fingers and toes I see that UB needs to be picked over 1-4 of these teams.
So which 6-6 teams are poorer bowl Candidates than UB? Well near the top of that list would be UTSA.
As a program UTSA has a ton going for it. San Antonio is a beautiful city and they have great facilities.
In the interest of full disclosure, my Brother is an Alumnus of UTSA so I am slightly biased in their favor most of the time.
But this season their offense has been awful, and that’s before they dumped their offensive coordinator. Over their last four games, in which they went 1-3, they averaged under 11 points per game.
During the year they beat one team with a winning reacord and that was their 9-7 barn burner victory over 7-5 Marshall. Their other FBS wins came over teams that won 1 (baylor), 2 (Texas State), 1 (Rice), and 0 (UTEP).
The Bulls, on the other hand, finished 3-0 scoring more than 36 points per game.
The UB offense has been hot all year scoring early and pretty consistently in games. Between Tyree Jackson and his backup Drew Anderson the Bulls put up more than 3,000 passing yards. Factor in the game and a half third string quarterback Kyle Vantrease played and the Bulls have nearly 3,500 passing yards on the year.
Buffalo’s wins came over FAU (7 wins / CUSA champion), Kent (2 wins), BGSU (2 wins), Ball State (2 wins), and Ohio (8 wins).
It can be challenging to get people interested in non new years day bowls but an offense like UB’s is something you can use to promote the event. You have one of the best receivers in college football catching throws by one of the hottest young quarterbacks in college football.
And on the side you have one of the best linebackers.
UTSA just can’t deliver that kind of excitement this year.