Buffalo Bulls (4-6) at Massachusetts Minutemen (3-8)
|Date & Time||Friday November 28, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +1 -- Over/Under:
The Buffalo Bulls and Massachusetts Minutemen play Friday afternoon at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
The Buffalo Bulls have had an extra week to prepare for this game after last week’s game against Kent State was cancelled. Joe Licata is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Licata has seven touchdowns and four picks in his last three games and Buffalo has 23 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Ron Willoughby and Devon Hughes have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jacob Martinez has seven catches in his last three games. Buffalo’s ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Anthone Taylor leads the way with 1,166 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Buffalo has won three of its four games when rushing for at least two touchdowns. Defensively, the Buffalo Bulls are allowing 32.6 points, 404.5 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 15 turnovers. Lee Skinner leads Buffalo with 86 tackles and Adam Redden has 14 tackles for loss.
The Massachusetts Minutemen have split their last four games and hope to end things on a high note. UMass lives and dies with its passing game but Blake Frohnapfel is doubtful with an ankle injury. Freshman Austin Whipple will get the nod, and he completed 60 percent of his passes for one touchdown and three picks last week. Tajae Sharpe and Jean Sifrin have combined for more than 1,800 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Marken Michel has seven catches in his last two games. Massachusetts is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, as Shadrach Abrokwah leads the way with 473 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 32.3 points, 428.4 yards, and they’ve forced 14 sacks and 17 turnovers. Jovan Santos-Knox leads UMass with 129 tackles and Daniel Maynes has 7.5 tackles for loss.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Minutemen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
UMass is likely playing a freshman QB and Buffalo is well rested after not playing last week. The Buffalo Bulls should win this game with ease.