Buffalo Bulls Football Preview 2021: Season Win Total Picks, Odds and Predictions
Matt Myers will look to pick up the pieces for the Buffalo Bulls after head coach Lance Leipold left for KU. He's got a big job ahead of him, but if anyone can do it, it's Myers. With a couple big early season games, Myers will look to get his boys off to a good start.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Buffalo Bulls had an average of 43.4 PPG. As a unit they maintained an average of 287.1 yds via the ground game, giving them a rank of 2nd in the country. The Bulls earned 3,347 yards in total over the course of last season. Buffalo totaled 7 touchdowns via the pass and 32 rushing touchdowns.
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The Bulls were ranked 42nd in the nation concerning team defense, conceding 21.9 points per contest. They allowed teams to run for an average of 3.9 yards per rush and 157.4 rushing yards per game last season. For the year, they allowed 1,102 running yards through 7 games. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Bulls gave up 1,421 yds which had them sitting in 37th in Division 1. They conceded 8 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns. They gave up 360.4 yards per game ranking them 47th in the country.
For his career, Myers has passed for 613 yds with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Since he has been in college, he has attempted running the football 33 different times totaling 97 rushing yards. He has a quarterback rating of 106.8 with a TD percentage of 5.6% and an interception percentage of 3.7%. He is throwing for 87.6 yards per contest. Matt Myers has connected on 51 of his attempted career 107 throws for a completion percentage of 47.7%.
In the over/under series for today, we’re going to be taking a look at the Buffalo Bulls. Buffalo opened up at 8.5 and around -110. They’re still 8.5 in most places but they’re about +130 or +135 on the under play. We tend to agree with the movement on the under. There are six sets of power ratings that I use to make my picks. That’s been the case for many years and according my six power ratings, all of them have the Buffalo Bulls under the 8.5 wins projected totals. Not one of the ratings that I do had the Bulls winning more than 8 games and they would have to win 9 games to beat us. I don’t see it happening. Before spring practice began, Buffalo was certainly looking like they could eclipse the 8-win mark and win possibly 10 games under head coach Lance Leipold.
After spring practice, Leipold got the call from the Kansas Jayhawks and ends up taking the job which throws a wrench into the plans of the Buffalo Bulls. Along with Leipold, many of the players and staff went with him to Lawrence, KS to try and rebuild a program that has been dismal for many years now. He opened the transfer portal and several projected starters and depth players left to not only go to Kansas with Leipold, but all over the country. Players were heading out in droves and went to conferences like the SEC and PAC 12 to name a couple. On the bright side, they still have their quarterback, and he is a good one for the Buffalo Bulls. However, there isn’t a lot of talent around him. There are some decent backups, but they lost 3 of their starting offensive line along with some lineman on the other side of the ball. Buffalo now has 4 returning starters on offense and six returning starters on defense.
This team could have won 10 games before the mass exodus. They could have pulled off the upset in Lincoln, NE in week 2 against the Cornhuskers, but that’s not the case anymore. Now we’ve got Maurice Linguist at the reigns, and he brought in new coaches at almost every position. Linguist has coached under some extremely talented head coaches as an assistant, but along with new coaches, the players are going to have to learn a whole new system on both sides of the ball. That means a whole new playbook without the benefit of spring practice to try to put it in place.They’ll beat Wagner in the opener, lose to Nebraska in the second game and to Coastal Carolina in my view. They’ll lose road games to Kent State, Ball State and maybe even Miami of Ohio. They could very well take a home loss to Western Michigan, but I’ve got that game as a toss up at this point. This all adds up to a 6-6 season to me. Even if they win 8 games, we still win. That said, the Buffalo Bills will not win 9 games in my opinion.
Scott's Pick: Take Under 8.5 Wins for Buffalo
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