Baylor Bears vs. Buffalo Bulls Free Pick 9/7/13
Buffalo Bulls (0-1) at Baylor Bears (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Floyd Casey Stadium)
The Line: Baylor Bears -21.5 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
Buffalo at Baylor
Storyline: If Baylor’s record-setting game against Wofford was supposed to be a tune-up, Buffalo might be getting a power conference team that’s already found its top form. The Bulls, however, did manage to hang around with Ohio State after being met with a 23-point first quarter onslaught right out of the gate. Looks like just another scrimmage for the Bears on a first quarter slate full of them, but if losing to the second-ranked Buckeyes by just 20 is any indication, it might not be
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The Breakdown: The Bears had it all going on both sides of the ball on their way to a 69-3 rout, piling up 692 yards of total offense and holding Wofford to just 233 total yards. It was the most points by Baylor since 1929. Jr. RB Lache Seastrunk rushed for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns, setting a school record with his fifth consecutive game over the century mark, while Jr. QB Bryce Petty spread the ball around to virtually everyone, connecting with 9 different receivers on the day. Sr. WR Tevin Reese had 5 catches for 97 yards and 1 touchdown. Petty has a monstrous void to fill after RG3 and Nick Florence, but he may have begun to silence his detractors with 312 yards and two touchdowns on 79% passing. Baylor will look to exploit a Buffalo run defense that surrendered 261 yards to Ohio State, so look for Seastrunk to get far more carries than his 11 against Wofford. The Buckeyes’ Braxton Miller finished with just 178 yards and two touchdowns passing against the Bulls, but Miller left the game in the third quarter with leg cramps so the jury’s still out on whether the Buffalo secondary can be lit up by the Baylor passing game. I’d say it’s a safe bet that it can and will, however. Offensively for the Bulls, there were some signs of life against Ohio State, despite being held to 258 total yards. Soph. QB Joe Licata connected on 19-of-32 for 185 yards and two touchdowns, Sr. RB Branden Oliver rushed for 73 yards and Sr. WR Alex Neutz caught 9 balls for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Rick’s Pick: Buffalo doesn’t look like they’ll threaten to take anything away from this Baylor offense, but they certainly have more going for their own offense than Wofford did. This game might look like a sleeper at first glance, but with a 21.5 line, the over looks like the better play at the moment.
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