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  1. I don’t post often, but this is a milestone worth acknowledging. With all that is happening in the world, and locally in Buffalo in the midst of Bills hysteria, it’s easy for an accomplishment like this to go relatively unnoticed. A top 25 ranking of any kind was almost unimaginable as recently as a few years ago, to say nothing of when we dropped football 50 years ago. Hopefully, we can continue to raise the bar in all sports and maintain a level representative of UB's standing as a university. That will be a major challenge, of course, but no more so than the challenges faced in getting
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  2. I agree, I think they are more complimentary of our players than our own fans are.
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  3. An important detail before launching into the weekly Whitesell bashing
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  4. You also need to consider the league we are in. I would rather be a contender every year and keep getting really good recruits and dominating versus the rest of the league. Every team seems to be good for 2 year then complete crap for several years. Ball State hadn't won the championship since 1996! That's typical MAC. We need to dominate for a few more years and move on ala Marshall when they left the MAC. It would have been great to have a championship this year, but honestly, the player choked. They got punched and didn't react well. As for play calling, maybe a few suspect calls, but if Ma
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  5. He said eligible to play next season.
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  6. So, how did the class turn out? It's a little late, but I finally put something together. https://www.ubbullrun.com/2021/1/7/21036940/who-else-wants-the-macs-football-recruits-initial-2021-signing-classes
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  7. Malik has been cleared according to his Snapchat
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  8. 9th highest-rated program on Christmas Day with 2.1 Million total viewers, over twice the viewership of the MACC (875K viewers). Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Friday December 25, 2020 P18-49 P2+ Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s) 1 NBA REGULAR SEASON L: NEW ORLEANS/MIAMI ESPN 12:10 PM 161 1.26 3,495 2 24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY: CHRISTMAS STORY, A TBS
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  9. Do MAC football championships matter? Basketball championships matter because it means we get to the big dance...in football it is very debatable. What matters far more in football IMO is players that are drafted or at least get to and play in the NFL. We currently have one household name and a few other rostered players. If Patterson can become a solid NFL player, that would go a much longer way towards recruiting and legacy than would beating Ball State last week. We have also won our bowl games the past two seasons...I would argue bowl wins are also more valuable than MAC champion
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  10. I guess Jim will be in a pickle if they ever meet UB in the NCAA tournament.
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  11. Congratulations to UB Football. Great Season!
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  12. Do I wish we won the MAC? Yes, obviously. But this was a solid season and I am very happy with Lance. Hopefully he stays and next year he can get over the hump and win the MACC. In the last 3 seasons we have 70% win percentage (23-10), won two bowl games, won the MAC East twice, and were ranked in the Top 25 for the first time ever. We have had a winning record for the past 4 years. In the 17 years prior (since 1999 when UB joined the MAC), we had two winning seasons total, our best winning percentage for a season was 61.5%, won 1 MAC championshp, won the East once, and had 0 bowl w
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  13. Not a great game for either side but I'll take the win. Lance likely to stay. Let's do it again next year.
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  14. Back to back bowl wins For UB
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  15. Herd fan here. Yes we will be minus several starters in the bowl game with you. Most notably Brendan Knox running back and Tavante Beckett defensive back and others. Going to make it tough on us. Not much prep time for either team. Best of luck to you in Alabama on Christmas Day.
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  16. This has been going on since the first game was played...same as in football. This is the bed the NCAA made, they are fine living in it. Ho-hum.
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  17. Well, the team is better this season than they were last year. Are you insinuating Coach Jack should go or is not a good coach? Bc that is laughable. She has brought more sustained success to this program than any UB team has ever had. If a player isn't happy or can't hack it...they can go. Again, it doesn't help the player or team for someone to stay if they do not want to be here.
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  18. If the option is to "get a new coach because Leipold doesn't perform well in big games" or "keep Leipold and the success we have had, overall, since his arrival", I would 100% prefer the latter. The four F's guy, if I recall correctly, did poorly at recruiting -- I don't want to go back to that. As far as the first poster and finding a field goal kicker -- McNaulty is 0 for 2 this year. I would project, based on his kickoffs and PATs that he is a competent field goal kicker and will demonstrate that next year. PK is almost at the very bottom of the list, in my opinion,
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  19. Whitesell should never have been the choice to take over for Oates in the first place. I wouldn't make a change mid-season, and my opinion on Whitesell and Alnutt have NOTHING to do with this single game but rather with the stifling of momentum from the program and a utter lack of desire to build something more. Half the board wanted to run Danny White out of town because of a damn name tweak, but at least he had vision and tried to build UB athletics into something more than a MAC also-ran.
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  20. While agree with @UBlearnsand @skrabukes I am tired of moral victories with this bunch. Too often we play lights out 30 minutes then fold and crumble and have bad body language looking to fight at the end of games. We are very capable of winning the MAC but until I see us close out games I’m convinced it will be like last season. This was a good test and everything you want in a non conference game. But we gotta close. Still haven’t learned to close. This bunch will be define by their inability to close.
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  21. Almost all UB stories. Several pages and stories on the football team. Pretty amazing to see the Bulls push the Bills of the front page. Check it out.
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  22. So without any link or source everyone here believes that this first post from some guy who signed up on the board in the middle of the game. Whether it pans out or not believing some first time poster to have inside information at a Big 10 school is a little bit ridiculous. Some place on the old board there was a post that Jim Hofher was talked about on a Syracuse postgame show as possible replacement for Greg Robinson. There was absolutely no basis to that caller's comment. I should know because I was the one who called into the show and started the rumor. The show was being hosted
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  23. Just to add to my last remarks, we are NOT a top-25 team. The only reason we were considered one is because Patterson went on a friggin tear against Kent State and turned some heads with his ridiculous stats. Otherwise, we are just the benefactors of an easy schedule and the fact that no MAC team played a nonconference game to show where they actually stood against other conferences. If you think that Lance somehow took over a 4-6 program and made them a true top-25 program then you are delusional.
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  24. Here are the early signees per Twitter at of 9am EST: 1. Nolan Gorczyca - OL/6'6"/275 - NEBRASKA 2. Carson Williams - TE/6'5"/230 - IOWA 3. Rowan McGwin - OL/6'6"/280 - NEW YORK 4. DeMarco Cuffey - CB/6'0"/180 - FLORIDA 5. Mike Washington - RB/6'2"/205 - NEW YORK 6. Floyd Dozier - DT/6'2"/285 - FLORIDA 7. Jaillen Howze - LB/6'1"/220 - MICHIGAN 8. Quillen Howze - CB/6'0"/180 - MICHIGAN 9. Al-Jay Henderson - RB-LB/6'0"/195 - NEW JERSEY 10. Anton Ricumstrict - DE/6'5"/225 - MICHIGAN 11. Janik Ogunlade - OL/6'5"/275 - MARYLAND 12. Ali Fis
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  25. 2008 MAC Championship Game Thread from the forum archive: https://www.ubfan.com/board/index.php/topic,8124.0.html Go Bulls
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  27. I like the team's energy under Thorpe. They have cared more in the last two games than previously under Whitesell
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  28. I agree Friday's game is big - from a lot of different perspectives. Having Mballa and Brewton this time should help, but still will be a challenge. Toledo has been shooting the ball exceptionally well (EFG% is close to 60%). They will be tough to beat, and look to be favorite at this point, but I do not see them running away with it. If Graves can perform closer to last year's numbers and Williams, Mballa and Segu continue to play well - and we keep up defensive intensity - I think the Bulls have a good shot of beating Toledo.
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  30. Looks like the game is on. https://twitter.com/UBBrianWolff/status/1346852190871289856
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  31. Latest composite rankings. I have modified the format to show the overall range of composite rankings and what I believe are four of the more reliable rankings (solid blue) - Massey, KenPom, Sagarin and Barttorvik. Top team at this point continues to be Toledo. You will note that Buffalo is currently sixth in MAC. However, focusing on the four rankings I mentioned, there is very little difference 2-6. Tomorrow's Toledo and Kent St should give a little more perspective on each team. I can also see in this chart why N Illinois made coaching change.
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  32. A solid road win...never easy to win away from home in the MAC. Fair again was awesome and efficient. Christie had a strong open to the game and Walters was very efficient in limited minutes due to foul trouble. Even without Summer, the 4 player post rotation is proving very valuable. Another road game this week at Eastern before a huge matchup with Central at home.
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  33. He was walking on it and even came back in the game once. So I don't think it's too serious.
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  34. And hopefully the knee heals by the time the NFL needs to see it and have the doctors evaluate it.
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  35. Lets see, four years played recently, one win, and two close game and a loss. When Buffalo win a few years the were crowned "The Kings of New York". That is what he is afraid. I told my wife about the trash talk, she commented does not anybody do that. He cant take a team so close getting as good or better than SU. Gear motivation for UB.
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  36. And Syracuse is a shell of their former self as a program.
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  37. Boeheim would rather play LeMoyne and Onondaga Community College.
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  38. 1st Team All-American, but not a finalist for the Doak Walker? How does that work? Oh right, he doesn't play for Clemson or Alabama, how silly of me.
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  39. That is because the announcers were not in Syracuse.
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  40. How long is the pause? Or is it until otherwise noted?
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  42. From what I understand this is correct. Technically the whole team can be back. I
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  43. Loving the discussion here. On the bright side, Segu made a big shot to send it to OT and at least showed signs of being the leader/closer we need. At this point we know Graves is never gonna be that guy so even if it wasn't enough in the end tonight, something to build on. Just hope we actually take the positives from this stretch without Whitesell on the bench and don't revert to the same old same old going forward.
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  44. Yup. This team won 4 of 5 conference championships and spent an entire season ranked in the top 25. Anything short of seriously competing for the top spot in the conference just about every year is a disappointment and failure. Period. End of story. The University at Buffalo is one of the largest and best public universities in the nation and is playing fucking horrifically bad safety schools like Akron and Eastern Michigan. Alnutt had all the momentum in the world to try and push UB athletics to a new level and chose to go safe and boring with Whitesell.
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  45. We have no secondary. And little pass rush. Seems like Vantrese has the yips in the pocket
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  46. Syracuse is hit or miss this season, if they are cold they could easily be beat but if players like Girard, Boeheim and Griffin have a good game we are in for some trouble. It’s going to be hard to penetrate their zone and we will need to hit some threes. Rebounding will be key as well Mballa, Bertram, Hardnett and possibly Skogman will be put to the test against another great rebounding team. I’m confident we can upset Cuse, if they go cold from the arc.
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  47. 2008 all had nice pro careers plus a SB ring, so hard to top that legacy. Plus the pressure of being the first to go through the dark years and come out on top. I cant think of any great offences prior. Mark Taylor/Swan/Gasparre were decent in 1AA. Feedy with Haddad hung tough in the transition without much else otherwise. If someone back in 2004 had told me they believed UB would one day have the #1 scoring offence in the nation I would have laughed in their face. We didn't have a single 1st Team All-MAC player until 2007.
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