Ohio University (4-1) at Buffalo (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 8th, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UB Stadium (29,013) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: TWCS. Home Record: Ohio 3-0, Buffalo 1-1. Away Record: Ohio 1-1, Buffalo 0-3. Neutral Record: Ohio 0-0, Buffalo 0-0. Conference Record: Ohio 1-0, Buffalo 0-1. Series Record: .Ohio leads, 11-7.
GAME NOTES: Buffalo will try to get back on track this weekend when the Bulls host the Ohio University Bobcats in a Mid-American Conference clash at UB Stadium.
The Bobcats defeated Buffalo 34-17 this past season and now own an 11-7 edge over Buffalo in the all-time series. However, the Bulls have claimed four of those seven victories at home.
Coach Frank Solich's squad was able to bounce back from its lone loss of the season (38-26 to Rutgers) by narrowly defeating Kent State, 17-10. It was the fourth win on the year for Ohio.
The Bulls meanwhile have lost four of their first five games, and come into this weekend saddled with a three-game losing streak. The most recent loss for Buffalo was a 41-10 setback at Tennessee. The slide began with a league setback, as Ball State slipped past the Bulls, 28-25.
It wasn't a memorable effort put forth by coach Solich's offense, but the team did just enough to defeat Kent State this past weekend. The majority of the team's success came through the air, as Tyler Tettleton threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns. LaVon Brazill was on the end of one of those scores and finished the game with 102 yards on eight catches.
Tettleton and the passing attack picked up the slack for a ground game that was limited to only 96 yards on 2.3 yards per attempt. This has not been the case throughout the season though, because Ohio does come into this matchup averaging 180.6 yards per game via the run.
Ryan Boykin is currently leading the squad with 314 yards, but it is Tettleton leading the way with three rushing touchdowns. Tettleton has been even better throwing the ball, as the gunslinger comes into this league matchup with 12 touchdowns against only one interception.
So far the quarterback has thrown for 1,200 yards and has completed 64.0 percent of his passes. Brazill has been the main option for Tettleton and is leading the team in receptions (24), yards (293) and touchdowns (five).
The offense did just enough to get the win against KSU, but a big reason for the victory was due to the play of the defense, which held the Golden Flashes under 200 total yards.
Ohio forced five turnovers in the win, giving the team 16 takeaways on the year, and 12 of those have been interceptions. Xavier Hughes has three of those picks and while the secondary has clearly been successful, the true mark of this unit has been its ability to stuff the run.
Ohio is holding opponents to just 104.2 rushing ypg on a weak 3.0 yards per attempt and the defense's success in this department showed in the win over KSU, as the Bobcats limited the Flashes to just 79 yards on a mere 2.4 yards per tote.
Ohio's success defensively does not bode well for Buffalo, which has posted just 13 points over its last two games. Thanks to Brandon Oliver, the majority of the success for this offense has come on the ground, as the tailback has rushed for 500 yards and five touchdowns.
As a whole, Buffalo is churning out a respectable 148.6 ypg, but it is almost the same amount the team is producing through the air. Chazz Anderson has been wildly inconsistent under center and comes into this weekend with only three touchdowns against three interceptions. Anderson has completed only 56.0 percent of his passes for a mere 881 yards.
Anderson's poor play continued in the loss to Tennessee, as the quarterback threw for only 99 yards on 8-of-19 passing. However, the signal caller did rush doe a team-best 79 yards and score the only touchdown for Buffalo. Anderson had to pick up the slack for Oliver, who was limited to just 58 yards in the game.
To make matters worse the defense was just as bad in the loss. Buffalo was trampled for over 200 rushing yards and was even worse against the pass, allowing Tennessee to throw for 342 yards and four scores.
Through five games this unit has done nothing right. So far the Bulls have surrendered 10 passing touchdowns, and have only one interception. Clearly this unit is not getting enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which could be a problem this weekend, since Tettleton is playing extremely well at the moment for Ohio.
The only thing going for Buffalo in this game is homefield advantage, but even a loud crowd will not be enough for the Bulls. The Bobcats are tougher in all aspects of the game and should have no trouble claiming the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio University 38, Buffalo 10
10/05 10:44:38 ET