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Buffalo Bulls Hit The Back Nine Going Strong

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Nate Oats has put together a very solid season from a completely new look UB team. With so many first year players, a new coach, and pretty close to total chaos in the offseason there is no way I was expecting UB to be sitting in this position after their road heavy conference start.

The Bulls are 6-3 in conference play and when you factor in tiebreakers they sit at second in the conference, one and a half games behind the Akron Zips. Better than that, UB is a team getting better as the season goes on, now riding their first three-game win streak since November.

Date Opponent
6-Feb Eastern Michigan
9-Feb Toledo
12-Feb Ohio
16-Feb at Akron
20-Feb Bowling Green
23-Feb Kent State
27-Feb at Ohio
1-Mar Miami (OH)
4-Mar at Bowling Green

Today the Bulls hit the second half of their conference schedule. Six of their remaining nine games are at home including the next three versus Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Ohio.

Here is how I see the next nine games

EMU - Loss - I want to win this one but the EMU zone almost always gives UB fits and Raven Lee, while somewhat inconsistent, is one of the more dangerous teams in the MAC.

Toledo - Win - The Rockets just don't seem to have it this season.

Ohio - Win - I think the Bulls split with Ohio this season and if I had to bet the home game is the one we win.

Akron - Loss - We had our chance to upend the Zips in Alumni. They are playing better ball than anyone in the conference.

Bowling Green - Win - This is a team that is really struggling this season, I don't think they have the juice to beat Buffalo at home.

Kent State - Win - The Flashes are dealing with some huge injury losses, if not for that I might give Kent the upset nod here.

Ohio - Loss - The Cats seem dangerous again this season. I'm assuming that they can clip us in their own barn.

Miami - Win - Buffalo should be able to handle Miami at home.

Bowling Green - Loss - For some reason I think BGSU will finish their season strong at home.

If I'm right that's a final conference record of 11-7, which should be good for a top four seed and a bye to Cleveland.

What say you UB fans, where do the Bulls end up?