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NCAA Football: Colgate at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Game:

After two hard to swallow road losses the UB Bulls come home for the first time this season to take on Colgate, of the Football Championship Subdivision. Last season the Bulls were stung in their home opener by an FCS squad so the team is hopefully laser focused on winning this years “cupcake” game.

Colgate is led by fourth-year head coach Dan Hunt, who in 2015 led the Raiders to a Patriot League title and an FCS playoff run that got the team all the way to the Quarterfinals. This season they are 1-1 after a win over Cal Poly and a tight loss to FCS #9 Richmond.

In that game Richmond needed a big fourth quarter comeback to upend the Raiders.

What This Game Means:

The Bulls are 0-2 after two games that have seen them move the ball, but fail to capitalize when they reach the redzone. In Minnesota it was missed field goals and against Army it was turnovers.

UB can not lose this game, if they do then Lance Leipold and company will have just two wins in their last 18 games and two of those losses would have been at the hands of FCS teams.

For Colgate this is a “hope the check clears and shoot for an upset” game.

I don’t think losing this game will hurt the Raiders season but a win might give the program some swagger.

The Series:

The history of series goes back to 1898, when UB downed Colgate 23-0, most recently Colgate beat the Bulls in an FCS vs FBS upset, 38-13.

During the long history between the teams UB has had three coaches that were Colgate Alumni. Russ Carrick (1924-1928), The Great Dick Offenhamer (1955-1965), and Bob Deming (1969,1970). And UB’s third highest attended home game was Colgate in 1951.

Online:

There is no Colgate football blog out there but you can check out the unofficial Colgate Football Twitter stream