It hasn't been a great start to the season for Buffalo. The talent is there though. It's not every team that can take Coastal Carolina to the brink. It's just about putting it all together, and they just haven't been able to do that yet.
They have a chance to do so this week against a Kent State team that also hasn't gotten off to the best start. However, their rough start has been marked with losses to Maryland, Iowa, and Texas A&M. They've won their other two games. So, a rough schedule has really changed the outlook on this Kent State team.
That's why Buffalo heads into this game as the underdog. The Bulls are 6 point underdogs, and they're given +190 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 34.5% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, Kent State is given -210 odds, or an implied 67.7% chance to win the game.
Buffalo and Kent State have played each other 26 times in their history. Buffalo has won 14 of those games. This may seem like an even series, but it's been dominated by Buffalo in recent years.
Since 2005, Buffalo is 9-4 against Kent State. That includes winning 3 of the last 4 games these two have played. So, the edge goes to Buffalo here. They seem to have Kent State's number.
Buffalo has every chance to win this game. They have the talent to get this win, they just need to be consistent. There's no reason to believe that Buffalo couldn't win the MAC if they could just play up to their talent level. That starts with beating Kent State.