It's kind of funny that Buffalo is not favored to compete in 2012 and yet they may have the best individual offensive and defensive players. Branden Oliver is the lone MAC representative on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top offensive player. Despite UB's struggles he was 14th in the country in yards per game. Among those returning in 2012 to college, he is sixth — and second among juniors. Sound pick by the Maxwellites. There are no nominees for the Bednarik Award although I was specifically looking for linebacker Khalil Mack, also on the Bulls. I am melancholy.