After back-to-back losses to the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Baylor Bears to start their season, the Buffalo Bulls have been turned their season around. The Bulls have won three straight games and have their sights set on winning their division and going to the MAC championship game in December.
The Bulls bring a blue collar attitude that has the team believing it can win every ball game. The Bulls are ranked 80th in the nation in passing yards (216.4 per game) and 93rd in the nation in rushing yards (134 per game). The offense is averaging 28.4 points per game and relies on a solid offensive line. The Bulls have only surrendered six sacks through five games this year, and are consistent in playing within their system.
Senior running back Branden Oliver and senior wide receiver Alex Neutz bring leadership to the offense. Oliver has 345 rushing yards per game with four touchdowns and is averaging four yards per carry. Nuetz leads the team with 31 receptions for 508 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bulls are a very opportunistic defense that creates turnovers. The Bulls are +6 in turnover margin and are led by senior linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack leads the team in sacks with four and is a key component to a defense that has 16 sacks through five games.
The Bulls will look to extend their win streak to four games this weekend when the team travels to Western Michigan for a conference game. The Broncos are winless at 0-6 on the season and have lost all six games by an average margin of 23.1 points per game.
The Broncos are 121st in the nation in scoring offense (15 points per game) and are 116th in the country giving up 38.2 points per game. The Broncos have struggled in all facets of offense and have only converted 26.3 percent on third-down conversions. Western Michigan has struggled all season with ball security as the team is -7 in turnover margin.