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Nevada Wolf Pack vs Buffalo Bulls football: Nevada media on the game

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Each Saturday, when we've talked ourselves out, we bring one last bit of reading material by looking from the perspective of the opposing team's media. This week, most of the links come from a single Reno newspaper, but he's pretty good and I know he found us here earlier in the week. Hi Chris!

Nevada football travels to play Buffalo in winnable game |
"We definitely need a win," Wolf Pack senior defensive end Lenny Jones said. "We want to start a 9-0 win streak going into the (Mountain West) championship game. But you have to start with one win before you can start a streak and this is as good a week as any to get one."

Three keys for Wolf Pack to beat Buffalo
Although disappointed with its loss to No. 17/18 Texas A&M last Saturday, Nevada was mostly pleased with its play.

Nevada vs Buffalo Game Preview: Wolf Pack travel cross-country to end their non-conference play - Mountain West Connection
The Wolf Pack wrap up their non-conference schedule with a battle in Buffalo against the Bulls.

Three keys for Wolf Pack to beat Buffalo
Although disappointed with its loss to No. 17/18 Texas A&M last Saturday, Nevada was mostly pleased with its play.

Wolf Pack-Buffalo: Position-by-position preview and prediction
Nevada 27, Buffalo 24: Before the season began, I highlighted two swing games that will decide if Nevada reaches a bowl in 2015. One was the game at Wyoming on Oct. 17 and the other was this game. The personnel is similar. I’d take Nevada’s personnel on offense, Buffalo’s personnel on defense and Nevada’s personnel on special teams, but it’s awfully close all the way around. If the Wolf Pack ultimately wants to have a successful season, it has to win games like this.

After back-to-back matchups versus top-20 teams, this one will tell us a lot about Nevada. The Wolf Pack defense needs a strong performance against a mediocre Buffalo offense and Nevada’s offense needs to sustain plays and drives a little more. I think both things are accomplished and Nevada evens its record with a narrow victory.

Pack to visit 'Eighth Wonder of the World' this week
The Wolf Pack players are excited to visit Niagara Falls, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border and has more than six million cubic feet of water flow over its crests every minute during high flow. "I heard a little rumor," quarterback Tyler Stewart said of the trip to the falls. "I hadn’t heard from Coach personally. That’s pretty cool. I’ve never been there. I’ve only been to New York City. I’ve never been to New York State. It should be cool to see Niagara Falls. I’ve heard it’s really beautiful."

Wolf Pack defense end Lenny Jones, who visited New York City as a high school sophomore when Epic Records wanted to sign his rap group, has never been to Western New York, either. While he’s looking forward to visiting Niagara Falls, he’s more concerned with flying back to Nevada with a victory.

Pack searching for answers at cornerback, in run defense
Through the team’s first three games this season – which has seen Nevada allow a Mountain West-worst 269.7 passing yards per contest – Polian still isn’t "freaked out" about his struggling secondary.

Why did the Wolf Pack take names off their jerseys?
The Wolf Pack remains fairly healthy entering its third game of the season. The biggest addition to the injury report this week is starting middle linebacker Jordan Dobrich, who suffered a muscle strain in last week's game at Texas A&M. He's questionable for Buffalo.

For Polian and Hofher, the Buffalo game a homecoming
Hofher, who had success as Cornell’s head coach, going 45-35 with an Ivy League title in eight seasons, was able to recruit a number of NFL players to Buffalo. Those players included: RB James Starks, who’s won a Super Bowl with the Packers, DE Trevor Scott, who played for four NFL teams, and OL Jamey Richard, who played for the Colts and Patriots. But Hofher’s Bulls never turned the corner.

Running of the Bulls: Nevada faces tough test | The Nevada Sagebrush

Get to know your Wolf Pack foe: Buffalo
Key matchup: Wolf Pack front seven vs. Buffalo offensive line: All five starters on Buffalo’s offensive line check in at 308 pounds or heavier. This is a huge group and the Bulls want to establish the run. Despite averaging just 3.85 yards per carry, Buffalo averages more than 40 carries per game. Nevada struggled versus the run against Arizona and Texas A&M, allowing more than 6 yards per carry in those two games combined. This Wolf Pack needs to stop the run and force some third-and-longs for its pass rushers.