We have three games on the college football schedule on Tuesday night, with MAC football the subject of the spotlight. It’s nice to have the MAC back on during the week, especially during this lull in professional sports. We are awaiting the return of the NBA and NHL, so in the meantime, MAC football is going to be the main event on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are three games tonight, and then another three tomorrow.
The game that I’m most excited for has to be the Buffalo Bull and Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in action at the University at Buffalo. I’m looking forward to seeing what Buffalo can accomplish this season. If they can stay the course and stay healthy up front on their defensive line, Buffalo are going to be serious contenders to win the MAC.
Buffalo should be able to run on just about everyone in this conference. Their defensive line is athletic enough to disrupt offenses as well. This is far from an elite defense, but I think enough to allow their offense to go to work and rack up the scoreboard to build up a comfortable lead.
Buffalo are coming off a 49-30 win over Northern Illinois in their first game of the season. Northern Illinois was able to make the score look a little more respectable with a couple of touchdowns in the fourth, but the Bulls were in full control of that game. Buffalo had a 21-16 lead at the intermission, and added to the scoreboard with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to blow the game open.
When you’re a defense trying to slow down the ground game of the Bulls, it can really wear on you. They just keep coming with Jaret Patterson, who is an NFL ready running back. He might become a bit of a sleeper in the draft. While Buffalo was impressive last week, there was a lot to like about Miami, too.
The RedHawks took down a pretty good Ball State team in an entertaining 38-31 final last week at home. It was tight throughout the game, and Miami was able to score a late touchdown to take a touchdown lead. AJ Mayer was on point with 3 touchdown passes on 16 for 24 passing. He’ll need a strong arm on Tuesday night to keep pace with the Bulls. Head below for our free Buffalo vs. Miami pick for November 10, 2020.
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Buffalo can seriously run the football, and in this conference, they can do it on any defense. The Bulls gained 182 yards on the ground for 5.4 yards per carry. Jaret Patterson led the way with 137 yards on 6.9 yards per carry. He is more than capable of winning games with his legs alone. Patterson ran for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns last year, along with 209 receiving yards and a touchdown on 16.1 yards per reception. If this were a full season, Patterson would have been well on his way to three straight years with 1,000+ rushing yards.
Miami got gashed on the ground against a running back that isn’t nearly as talented as Patterson last week. Caleb Huntley ran for 130 yards on 6.2 yards per carry for 2 touchdowns for Ball State. Justin Hall had 2 carries for 17 yards on 8.5 yards per carry. Miami must be considerably better to slow down Patterson. I don’t see that happening on Tuesday night in Buffalo. That should set up the play action nicely for Kyle Vantrease against a Miami defense that conceded over 300 yards passing last week as well.
I don’t foresee how Miami stops Buffalo in this one. The RedHawks are likely going to need AJ Mayer to come up with another big performance on Tuesday night. Their defense was unable to stop Ball State’s offense, but Mayer and the Miami offense were able to do their part in keeping pace. Mayer hooked up for 3 touchdowns through the air in his first collegiate start. Look for Buffalo to torch Miami on the ground with Patterson, which is going to force Mayer and the RedHawks to take some chances in the passing game. I think both offenses can get this game OVER the total.