Buffalo Bulls (9-1) vs Ohio Bobcats (6-4)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Peden Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Buffalo Bulls vs Ohio Bobcats
The Ohio Bobcats will return home to Peden Stadium and host another MAC East opponent in the first place Buffalo Bulls. Buffalo has about already sealed up this side of the division and they will be looking to keep their undefeated conference record in play. Ohio looks about out of the race for the East title after dropping a road game to their cross-state rival in the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks.
Buffalo Bulls's Latest Performance :
The Buffalo Bulls look like one of the top group of 5 teams in D1 football and if they win out they might very well find themselves in a New Years Six Bowl. The Bulls were able to add to their win total by smashing Kent State at home (48-14) in what bettors thought would be a low scoring game due to the wind. The Bulls are traditionally an air it out type of offense but as stated they couldn’t necessarily pass the ball with the swirling winds of the Niagara. The Bulls turned to a pound and ground run game and it proved very effective as true freshmen RB Jaret Patterson rushed for 187 yards and 2 TDs. Patterson has taken over the reins as the lead back and the 5’9 back out of Maryland has racked up 728 yards and 10 TDs. NFL prospect QB Tyree Jackson didn’t have to do much in this game but the 6’7 junior was still able to record a TD pass with only 111 yards through the air. Jackson has been sensational for the Bulls this year as he has 2338 yards, 24 TDs, and only 8 interceptions. One of the other NFL prospects in WR Anthony Johnson was on the receiving end of the Jackson TD pass which makes it the 9th TD of the season for the senior out of South Carolina. Defensively the Bulls had a solid game as they held the Kent State Golden Flashes to only 183 total yards. Backup LB Matt Otwinowski received his first start due to the absence of Khalil Hodge and the junior didn’t disappoint as he led the team in tackles with 8 which puts his season total at 28. Senior DL Justin Brandon also had a good game himself as he was able to add 2 sacks to his name which puts his season total at 3.
Ohio Bobcats's Latest Performance :
The Ohio Bobcats were in good shape to come into this current matchup with the Buffalo Bulls 1 game behind them in the MAC East standings with this game being the “East Championship” but with a loss last week the East appears out of reach. The Bobcats went up quick on the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks as they raced out to a 7-0 lead but the Redhawks kept fighting and scored 28 unanswered points in the first half. The Bobcats bread and butter is the offensive side of the ball but after their first drive TD they punted the ball 4 times in the first half as well as lost a fumble. Running back A.J. Ouellette had a big game on the ground as the redshirt senior gained 168 yards 15 carries but he did fail to reach the end zone, the 209 pound back also added in 29 yards through the air. Ouellette has been effective the Bobcats all season long and looks destined for another 1000 yard season as he enters this game with 777 yards and 8 TDs. The Canadian QB Nathan Rouke didn’t light up the stat sheet as he usually does as the junior only threw for 161 yards and 2 TDs, but the area that comes to the surprise of many Bobcat fans is the fact he was only able to rush for 16 yards. Rouke has been one of the biggest running threats from the QB position in all of the NCAA as he has racked up 653 yards and 8 TDs. On the defensive side of the ball, LB Evan Croutch continued his good season with a team-high 9 tackles, 4 TFL, and 2 sacks. Croutch leads the team in TFL as that number now sits at 9.5 while he sits 2nd on the team in tackles (60) and sacks (3.0).
How Buffalo Bulls & Ohio Bobcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Buffalo is 8-2 ATS, 4-0 ATS on the road.
Ohio is 6-4 ATS, 3-1 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Ohio ranks 13th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 39.3 PPG while the Buffalo Bulls rank 28th in the nation as they score an average of 36.2 PPG.
Buffalo ranks 37th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to 22.5 PPG while Ohio ranks 68th as they hold opponents to 27.5 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Buffalo Bulls
My reason for the pick :
The Buffalo Bulls are rolling through their opponents this season especially in conference play and although Ohio is one of the top scoring teams in the nation they looked bad in the first half of last weeks game. The offense for the Bulls and Bobcats essentially cancel each other out as they both can score but the difference between the two teams is the fact that Buffalo has a better defense. The life of Ohio was sucked out of them last week when they lost to Miami (Ohio) on the road and they already locked up bowl eligibility while the Bulls are still playing for a conference title and a potential New Year Six Bowl. Take Buffalo to win on the road.
Betting trends for Buffalo Bulls:
- Buffalo is 4-0 ATS on the road this season.
Betting trends for Ohio Bobcats:
- Ohio is 3-0 ATS after a loss this season.