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Connecticut Huskies at Buffalo Bulls Free Pick 9/28/13

Connecticut Huskies (0-3) at Buffalo Bulls (1-2)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm (UB Stadium)

The Line: Buffalo Bulls 2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The 0-3 Connecticut Huskies hope to build on a stellar showing in a loss to #15 Michigan last week as they head to Buffalo for a showdown with the Bulls at 3:30 PM Saturday.

Connecticut looked atrocious in their opening week loss to Towson and used their bye week to regroup before playing a surprisingly undefeated Maryland team and #15 Michigan very tough.  The Connecticut defense used opportunistic play to take a 21-7 lead in the 3rd quarter when Ty-Meer Brown scooped and scored from 34 yards out.  Unfortunately, a timely interception by quarterback Chandler Whitmer and the inability to move the ball in the 4th quarter gave the Wolverines all they needed to steal the 24-21 win.  Whitmer finished with 159 yards through the air and Lyle McCombs struggles continued as he only rushed for 38 total yards.  The Connecticut defense was stout throughout and will likely be the catalyst for the Huskies this weekend against an undermanned Buffalo squad.

Connecticut Huskies at Buffalo Bulls Free Pick 9/28/13

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Buffalo got their first win of the season this past weekend but needed 5 overtimes to do so against 1-AA opponent Stony Brook. The Bulls were outscored 70-13 the week before but in this one neither team could score much at all as they both traded field goals all game before Anthone Taylor’s 6 yards run won the game for the Bulls in the final OT.  Taylor finished the game with 118 yards and 2 TD’s and the Bulls will continue to ride their tailback moving forward.  Through the air, the Bulls racked up 216 yards and a TD but struggled to pass consistently throughout the day -- a weekly theme this season.

Some trends to consider -- UConn is 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 non-conference games and Buffalo is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last 8 home games.

The fourth time will be a charm for the Huskies this season as UConn will rattle the Buffalo offense all day long and Chandler Whitmer will be able to take advantage of the Huskies deep receiving corps against a terrible Buffalo secondary.  I expect this one to be over by halftime and love the Huskies to cover early and run away with this one by 17 plus.

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