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  1. Right now, it still is because Miami and Kent State are both 2-1. If the RedHawks defeat the Flashes later in the season and Kent loses an additional game, Miami could take the lead in the division. In that scenario, Bulls could win the East by running the table. It’s not likely but we can readdress in a few weeks if UB defeats Akron and Bowling agree.
  2. Another must-win for Buffalo this week to keep their MAC East hopes alive. Bulls taking on an Akron team that struggles on both sides of the ball but especially on defense. Zips are 125th out of 130 teams in scoring defense, allowing 38 points per game. Their stats are a little distorted since they played Auburn and Ohio State but make no mistake, Akron is a bad team. They’ve been okay in MAC play, defeating Bowling Green but they also lost by 17 to Ohio. I have Buffalo winning 31-21.
  3. Interesting read from Brett McMurphy: https://www.actionnetwork.com/ncaaf/college-football-conference-realignment-scenarios-sun-belt-conference-usa?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=BrettMcMurphy
  4. I think the Sun Belt could end up being the big winner from this next wave of conference expansion. The American went from being as close to P5 without the title to becoming the new Conference USA. CUSA is the biggest loser and the Mountain West and MAC are pretty much status quo. This is how I would rank the G5 conferences post expansion based on how it looks like it’ll play out: 1. Mountain West 2. Sun Belt 3. American Athletic Conference 4. MAC 5. Conference USA (If it still exists)
  5. I think the most likely scenario is Marshall and Southern Miss jumping to the Sun Belt. Conference USA is on life support. They’re trying to court Liberty and James Madison. Sun Belt also wants JMU. If CUSA misses out on Liberty and JMU, they’d need to look at FCS programs to stay alive or merge with another conference. That potentially leaves Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion, UTEP, FIU and Louisiana Tech looking for a conference. WKU and MTSU make the most sense for the MAC geographically and have decent basketball programs. I had tweeted about wanting the MAC to pursue Temple and Marshall. I still believe they should check in with both schools but don’t think either is a strong possibility at this moment from what I’m gathering online.
  6. I think that’s highly probable. Ohio has one of the worst defenses in the country allowing over 240 yards per game on the ground. McDuffie, Cook and Marks should all go off on Saturday.
  7. Kevin Massare and I preview the upcoming Ohio game here:
  8. I’m confident Buffalo will win but I think it’ll be closer than expected. This game is always hell for me. I grew up a UB fan but attended Ohio University. The Bobcats looked awful during non-conference play but have started to put a few things together the past few weeks. If I had to guess, this will be a 27-24 type game.
  9. No threads yet so I figured I’d get it started. I think this game is a toss-up. Dustin Crum is great but the Golden Flashes are a largely unproven team. They’ve had a brutal non-conference schedule (Texas A&M, Iowa, Maryland) and opened up MAC play with a close win over Bowling Green. I’m going to go out on the ledge and pick a close UB victory tomorrow night.
  10. Buffalo just announced their game against Kent State on 10/9 has been moved to 7pm on ESPNU. Huge news for a game with massive MAC East implications.
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