Buckeyes: Know your enemy – Buffalo

Location:
Buffalo, NY

Driving Distance from OSU Campus:
331 mi – 5 hours 9 mins per Google Maps

Founded:
1846 – It started as a private university before being gobbled up by the State University of New York system. It goes by University at Buffalo – The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Buffalo. Pick your favorite!

Number of students:
19,058 Undergrad
9,543 Post-grad
(Per Wikipedia)

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Nickname:
Bulls. Their mascot is Victor E. Bull. Get it?

Fun fact about their mascot:
The first mascot back in 1934 was actually a 175 pound bison named “Boscoe.” The first live bull was obtained in 1957 and known as Buster. Buster was a 7 month old Black Angus bull. As Buster aged, he did what bulls do and got a bit temperamental, which set off a string of Buster replacements. Buffalo discontinued football in 1970. When they reinstated football in 1997, they went the route of simply using a person in a costume.

Things to do in Buffalo:
Grab some wings at Anchor Bar, the home of the original Buffalo wing. It gets packed, so go at an off-time if possible.

Explore the Canalside District.

Take a quick 20 minute drive and see Niagara Falls.

Notable Buffalo Alumni:
Wolf Blitzer – CNN Journalist
Ronnie James Dio – Former lead singer of Black Sabbath and founding member of Dio.
John Walsh – Host of America’s Most Wanted

Conference:
MAC

Record Vs. OSU:
First meeting

Current Line:
OSU -35 1/2

Returning Starters:
9 offensive, 7 defensive

Outlook:
Well, look at this. After an off-season of Meyer being accused of leading Aaron Hernandez to murder, Buckeye players doing dumb things but not being charged with stuff in the end, and a major hype train it’s time to actually play some football. It will be sweltering in The Shoe, but I doubt those in attendance will care much as the wait from the 12-0 season finale has been unbearable.

Buffalo has a lot of returning starters. Unfortunately, they are from a team that finished 4-8. They did win 3 of their last 4. No strangers to the city of Columbus, they lost their final game on Thanksgiving weekend to Bowling Green at Crew Stadium, mere miles from The Horseshoe.

Buffalo actually could have a pretty decent season in the MAC. They boast one of the best defenses in the MAC, led by senior OLB Khalil Mack. Mack finished with 94 tackles, 21.0 for loss, and 8.0 sacks last year and has excellent speed. The offense is led by Sophomore QB Joe Licata, who had 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns on the season and went 3-1 as a starter.

But, that’s the MAC. Outside of Mack, who could probably start on many D-1 defenses, Buffalo likely doesn’t have the firepower to make this an extremely exciting game. Having said that, we thought the same about UAB last year, who made the game way more interesting than it should have been.

Of course, things are a little different than they were last September. The Buckeyes are not learning a new system, have a legit Heisman contender at QB and reports out of Columbus have been largely positive. Add in the fact that they are playing at home, where Ohio State is 66-7 since 2002, and things look pretty positive. There have been a few close shaves with a few MAC schools, sure, but I don’t think Buffalo is going to be much of a challenge.

Ohio State could, however, beat themselves if they buy into the hype. I doubt it, but its possible. This may be a case where OSU starts a little slow, but Buffalo won’t have the firepower to make it much of a game.

Prediction:
Ohio State – 52, Buffalo – 13

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