The Buffalo Bulls will host the Central Michigan Chippewas in MAC play Saturday afternoon from UB Stadium. The Chippewas tallied a solid 38-20 road win against Bowling Green in their previous action, and the Bulls routed Akron by a 21-0 score in their latest game. Buffalo tallied a 34-24 road win against Central Michigan last season.
Central Michigan Targets Fourth Consecutive Victory
The Central Michigan Chippewas will be seeking their third consecutive victory in this one. The Chippewas have beaten Eastern Michigan, New Mexico State, succeeded by a 38-20 road win against Bowling Green last week in a game that had the CMU favored by 10.5 points. Quinten Dormady is a big threat at QB and playing well, accumulating 750 passing yards with a 6:2 TD to INT ratio. The senior QB missed four games due to injury. He has played with Tennessee and Houston in past seasons.
Watch for Jonathan Ward who is a big threat on the ground. The senior RB is red-hot, collecting at least 100 rushing yards in four consecutive games, and he has registered 661 rushing yards on the year. He will be up against a strong Bulls rush defense in this game.
Central Michigan is led by Kalil Pimpleton in the air. The sophomore WR recently recorded 112 yards in a win against Eastern Michigan, and he has brought in 521 receiving yards this season. The Chippewas offense is looking very dangerous with Dormady at QB and Ward on the ground, and they have piled on the points in their last three games.
The Central Michigan defense has been average. The Chippewas continue to neutralize opponents on the ground with a rush defense that stands 24th in the FBS, but their pass defense is placed down at 93rd overall. Central Michigan stands in second place in the MAC West, and they are scoring an average of 29 points, ranking them 67th in the country. They are allowing an average of 27.2 points, positioning them 67th overall. CMU is 1-3 on the road.
Buffalo Snaps Skid with Sparkling Defensive Performance
The Buffalo Bulls will be targeting their first two-game winning streak of the season in this one. The Bulls bounced back from a two-game skid by notching a 21-0 road win against Akron last week in a game that had Buffalo favored by 17.5 points. The Bulls hold a 1-2 mark in MAC play, and first place isn’t out of the question if they can go on a streak. Kyle Vantrease is now the Bulls starting quarterback after #1 QB Matt Myers is unfortunately out for the season with a neck injury. Vantrease is a sophomore who has 292 passing yards with two touchdowns and no picks in his two games played.
Buffaloes’ greatest strength lies in their running game led by Jaret Patterson. The sophomore RB has recorded at least 90 rushing yards three times this season, and he has accrued 686 rushing yards on an average of 5.2 yards per attempt. The Bulls also feature the dangerous Kevin Marks who is just behind Patterson with 603 rushing yards. It will be interesting to see how they fare against one of the best rushing defensive units in the MAC this week.
Antonio Nunn could play a big role in this game. The junior WR is the Bulls’ top target in the air and he could be targeted frequently if the Bulls have trouble on the ground. Nunn has 293 receiving yards on the year. The Bulls offense has been an area of concern despite having a very good ground game.
The Buffalo defense continues to shine. The Bulls are among the best in the MAC against both the pass and run which both rank in the top 45 in the FBS and they will have to be sharp against a hot Chippewas offense in this one. Buffalo is averaging 23.9 points on the season, placing them 96th overall. They are limiting opponents to 23.9 points, pegging them 48th in the FBS. The Bulls are 2-1 on their home field.
The Central Michigan Chippewas are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win.
The Buffalo Bulls are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.