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No. 8 Baylor (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1) Preview

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Baylor Bears Bryce PettyBUFFALO, N.Y. – The No. 8 Baylor Bears are unbeaten at 2-0 and travel to face the Buffalo Bulls who are 1-1 on Saturday. Baylor blew out its’ second straight opponent with a 70-6 win over the Northwestern State Demons while Buffalo’s ferocious comeback fell short in a 47-39 loss to the Army Black Knights.

The Bears are in the Top 10 having won their first two games by a combined 115-6 while averaging 647 yards and 57.5 points per game. It’s unclear whether Bryce Petty will be back from his back injury this week but his absence from the offense has been taken in stride by sophomore Seth Russell who has thrown for 562 yards and six touchdowns. Freshman K.D. Cannon had made an immediate impact at receiver with 282 yards and four scores. Redshirt freshman Johnny Jefferson has made an impact in the run game with 164 yards rushing with a score. The defense is firing on all cylinders as well allowing only 134.5 yards and 3.0 points per game while forcing four turnovers and getting 12 sacks in two games. Senior linebacker Bryce Hager leads with 14 tackles, 1.5 for loss while redshirt freshmen linebacker Taylor Young, defensive end K.J. Smith and junior defensive end Shawn Oakman are all knotted at two sacks apiece.

The Bulls have been effective on offense averaging 513 yards and 38.5 points per game led by junior quarterback Joe Licata who has thrown for 699 yards and eight touchdowns, but his four picks have been costly. Junior running back Anthone Taylor has 194 yards rushing and two scores while the receiving duo of Ron Willoughby (15 catches, 187 yards, 2 TD) and Marcus McGill (11 catches, 168 yards, 2 TD) continue to provide ample targets for Licata. Buffalo’s defense has been struggling, allowing 419.5 yards and 37.5 points per game. Senior defensive back Adam Redden is key to the unit, leading with 16 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks and a quarterback hurry.

Keys for Baylor Win

Petty or Russell needs to continue to dominate through the air which opens up lanes for Jefferson to run through. Defense needs to control the trenches and stay home on the corners.

Keys For Buffalo Win

Licata has to take better care of the football and Taylor must churn out yards to control the ball. The defense will be helped if the offense can keep Baylor off the field on offense.

Key Injuries :

Baylor – Bryce Petty (QB); Corey Coleman (WR); Antawn Goodley (WR); Devin Chafin (RB); Levi Norwood (WR); Clay Fuller (WR)

Buffalo – Marqus Baker (DB)

Favorite:

Latest Line, Baylor -34.5

Conclusion:

Baylor looks to stay in the Top 10 by notching a third consecutive blowout win while Buffalo wants to establish and control the game tempo and earn some respect.

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