Sunday, August 22, 2010
MAC 2010-Buffalo Bulls
2009 Record: 5-7 (3-5)
Head Coach: Jeff Quinn (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Forest (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: William Inge (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: No...No...No
Offense: Jerry Davis and Alex Dennison were locked in a QB battle heading into fall camp, but this is considered a win-win for the coaching staff, as they are very high onboth players. It should be a dog fight all the way to the final week. The issue is at WR and TE, where there really is no glaring star in the group, and no starters return. Brandon Thermilus and Ike Nduke will share the RB job again, but some young and talented backs are pushing their way into the rotation. The backfield will be the strength of the offense, but will easily be shut down if the receivers don't develop quckly.4 starters return on the line, which will be helpful for the running game and the young QBs.
Defense: Davonta Shannon is all-MAC, and is the leader of a very talented secondary. Domonic Cook and Josh Thomas both come back at CB, and both are very solid. Scott Pettigrew was expected to be the leader at LB, but tore his knee up in the spring and is gone for the season. Justin Winters will be the lone returning backer. The ends are small but quick, but may easily get worn down. Anel Montanez is expected to lead the line at DT.
Special Teams AJ Principe is the best PK in school history and is back for his senior season.Peter Fardon is being pushed by John Rachuna at Punter.
Wins: 9/2 Rhode Island, 10/23 Miami (Ohio), 11/12 Ball State, 11/20 Eastern Michigan, 11/26 @ Akron
Toss Up Games: 10/2 @ Bowling Green, 11/4 @ Ohio
Losses: 9/11 @ Baylor, 9/18 Central Florida, 11/25 @ UConn, 10/16 @ Northern Illinois, 10/23 Temple
The schedule is not entirely horrible, but I see 5 guaranteed losses. The toss games are both on the road, and I cannot lean in any direction on either of those games. The Bulls need to win both toss games to even have a shot to qualify for a bowl bid.
Outlook: Again, a bowl is possible, but not liekly. The front 7 is not deep or big enough, and the issues in the receiving corps could be an issue for whomever wins the QB job. The landscape is not as horrible as it was, but work remains to be done, and Quinn is a wild card as coach, with no HC experience anywhere.