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Opponent Stat Preview: Miami Redhawks

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University of New York at Buffalo Bulls (3-4) vs. Miami University Redhawks (1-7)

The Bulls take on MAC East opponent Miami this Thursday to try to become one win closer towards bowl eligibility. Both teams are coming off of 4 days of rest. The Bulls are on the upswing after dismantling Ohio last weekend, while Miami is... well, trying to finish the season and give their young team some much needed experience.

Miami's only win this season was over FCS Presbyterian in their first game of the season. Every game since has ended with their name in the loss column. However, Miami played Cincinnati and Kent State close (lost by a cumulative 10 points), but was blown out by Ohio by a 31 point margin. Which team is going to show up against the Bulls?

Billy Bahl

The 6-4, 248 pound freshman QB was a nice get for the Redhawks. He must've known that he would get playing time early at Miami, but maybe not this early. Drew Kummer started the year but after their game against Kent (where he threw 4 interceptions), Bahl was thrown in the subsequent game against Ohio (to which he also threw 4 interceptions).

Now, Bahl's stats up to this point are nothing to write home about:

COMP ATT YDS COMP%
53 123 707 43.1%
LONG TD INT SACK
60 2 10 13

But, he has shown progress in the games that he has started. He threw 4 interceptions against Ohio, 1 against NIU, and then none at WMU. Bahl has potential to be a good MAC quarterback, but not at this time. UB has the #1 scoring defense in the nation and should take advantage of Bahl's inexperience.

Points off of Turnovers:

Miami has only generated points off of turnovers in 4 games this season, and no more than 7 points in one game. They have a combined 24 points over the 8 game period. They have forced a turnover 11 times this season which gives them 2.18 points per received turnover.

They are averaging less than a field goal per turnover. That's pretty bad.

UB has 61 points off of 13 turnovers, giving them 4.69 points per turnover. That's twice as efficient as Miami. As far as UB's opponents, so far they have 3.10 points per turnover. Strengths play to weaknesses in this category. UB does not necessarily have to win the turnover margin, because Miami has shown that they can't convert turnovers to points.

I'll take "Categories Miami does not excel in" for $800, Alex:

- What is "Most Things?"

27% on 3rd down conversions. UB is at 37%.

Here is one area where UB and Miami are very similar: Red Zone scoring.

Miami: 80% scores, 50% touchdowns

UB: 84% scores, 52% touchdowns

Until next week folks: Go Bulls!