Massachusetts Minutemen (2-9) at Buffalo Bulls (5-6)
|Date & Time||Friday November 27, 2015, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -6 -- Over/Under:
The Massachusetts Minutemen will travel to UB Stadium to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Friday afternoon in College Football action.
The Massachusetts Minutemen dropped to 2-9 (1-6 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Miami (OH) Redhawks 20-13 this past Saturday. Massachusetts allowed Miami (OH) to score 10 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and was outgained by the Redhawks by a 299-250 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was RB Marquis Young who had 77 yards and a TD on 13 carries. On the season, Massachusetts is averaging 24.1 ppg on 394.5 yards per game (266.1 passing, 128.4 rushing). The Minutemen have been led by WR Tajae Sharpe who is averaging 107.4 yards per game and has 5 TD’s. QB Blake Frohnapfel is averaging 250.5 yds/game and has 16 TD and 11 INT. The Minutemen rushing attack is led by Marquis Young who is averaging 65.45 yds/game and has 4 TD on the season. Defensively, Massachusetts is allowing their opponents to average 31.9 ppg on 447.9 yards per game (252.0 passing, 195.9 rushing). The Minutemen have a turnover margin of zero and have been led on the defensive side by LB Jovan Santo-Knox who had recorded 121 tackles on the season.
The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 5-6 (3-4 MAC East) on the season after being defeated 42-21 by the Akron Zips this past Saturday. Buffalo was outgained by Akron by a 475-392 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls WR Ron Willoughby who had 11 receptions for 105 yards. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 26.7 ppg on 380.9 yards per game (246.1 passing, 134.8 rushing). Buffalo is led by their strong rushing attack which features Anthone Taylor (74.40 yds/game, 2 TD) and Jordan Johnson (66.73 yds/game, 11 TD). QB Joe Licata has through for 15 TD and 13 INT and is averaging 243.8 yds/game. WR Ron Willoughby (69.0 yds/game, 6 TD) and TE Matt Weiser (50.6 ppg, 2 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Bulls. Defensively, is holding their opponents to an average of 27.3 ppg on 409.4 yards per game (233.2 passing, 176.2 rushing). Buffalo currently has a turnover margin of -1 on the season and has been led on the defensive side by LB Nick Gilbo who has 105 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
The Minutemen are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 13-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
It’s been a long season for Massachusetts as although they do have one of the best WR’s in the country in Tajae Sharpe, UMass hasn’t really got as much as they expected out of Blake Frohnapfel and the defense has been really below average. Buffalo has had an up and down season but has generally played better at home which included close loses to MAC heavyweights Bowling Green and NIU. Massachusetts is averaging just 16 ppg over their last four games and as I don’t see them faring much better on the road in Buffalo, I’m taking the Bulls to cover in this one.