Robert Morris Colonials at Buffalo Bulls
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM (UB Stadium)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -46.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Robert Morris Colonials and Buffalo Bulls meet Thursday in college football action at UB Stadium.
The Robert Morris Colonials are coming off a 2-9 season, which included finishing the year with four straight losses. The Robert Morris Colonials lost all six road games last year and their only wins came against Virginia State and Central State. Robert Morris enters its second year under head coach Bernard Clark, and it’s actually most of this entire coaching staffs second year, so maybe having a year under its belt will produce more positive results. Robert Morris will lose its best defensive player in linebacker Adam Wollett, but the return of tight end Matthew Gonzalez gives the Colonials an impressive receiver who will give any secondary trouble. The Robert Morris Colonials haven’t won a road game since October of 2015.
The Buffalo Bulls are coming off a 10-win season and their third ever bowl appearance, making it easily the most successful year in school history. The Buffalo Bulls have won five of their last six home games. While last season has changed the outlook of this program under coach Lance Leipold, Buffalo returns just eight starters, which is tied for dead last in college football. While there’s obvious questions on both sides of the ball, Buffalo does have an experienced offensive line to lean on and a star running back in Jaret Patterson, who topped 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman. Until new quarterback Kyle Vantrease can get comfortable in his starting role, expect Buffalo to be a little conservative offensively.
The Buffalo Bulls are going to have better talent on both sides of the ball over Robert Morris, but they're also a new looking roster from a year ago with only eight returning starters. We have a history of sloppy games on opening week and new faces won't help matters. Also, this game is before Buffalo has a big test with Penn State, so getting the win, knocking the rust off and getting out healthy should be the goal. The Buffalo Bulls shouldn't be motivated to lay the wood to a poor FCS team that's just here to collect a check. I'll take a stab with a boatload of points.