By The Numbers:
Rankings and numbers: Buffalo sits atop the MAC East with a 7-3 (5-1 MAC) record, while Miami is in the midst of a 14-game losing streak.There really couldn't be a more lopsided matchup in the MAC right now. Not only does Buffalo put up nearly double Miami's 224 yards and more than three times the RedHawks' points per game, it also features the MAC's second-best defense, behind only Bowling Green (you know, the defense that routinely is in the Top 20 in the nation).
Until Toledo put up 51 on the Bulls last Tuesday, they hadn't allowed more than 23 points to anyone not ranked in the top 4 of the BCS rankings. In fact in Buffalo's wins it allows an average of 11 points per game. Meanwhile the RedHawks average less than 10 points a game. Miami as a whole has about 300 rushing yards less than Bo Oliver. Did I mention that the RedHawks' defense is among the worst in all of college football? It allows 470 yards and 33 points-per-game. The rushing defense is non-existent, which plays right into the Bulls game plan of pounding Oliver up the middle.
Odds: The Bulls are a 24-point favorite over Miami, which might actually be rather conservative.
Weather: The forecast calls for a evening high in the mid-30s. No participation is expected.
Names To Know:
Brandon Oliver: Buffalo's senior running back has rushed for 1,030 yards in the past six games which by itself would put him as the 18th leading rusher in the country.
Kent Kern: Miami's sophomore linebacker has 92 total tackles this season, putting him 7th in the conference for average tackles per game.
How To Witness:
TV: ESPNU 8 p.m.
Streaming: WatchESPN and ESPN3 with a valid cable subscription.
Can't Watch? Listen Live:
Buffalo: You can listen to the game call on the Bull's flagship station, 1270-AM WHLD in Buffalo. You can also hear the game on 1280-AM WHTK in Rochester and online at BuffaloBulls.com.
Miami: You can listen to the game call on 1450 WMOH AM in Hamilton or 980 WONE AM in Dayton. You can also stream the game call online at MURedHawks.com.
Here's our game preview, but if you really want to get an inside scoop on this matchup head on over to our sister site, Bull Run. The fine folks over there have plenty of awesome coverage on the game, including a great piece about Miami's "Villain-night".