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Buffalo Bulls vs. Akron Zips Football Preview

Buffalo and Akron both have lengthy losing streaks and Midweek MACtion will end one of them.

Vaughn Ridley

The last time either of these teams won a football game was October 11. It is now November 11 and finally one of these teams will get a victory.

The Buffalo Bulls (3-6 overall, 1-4 MAC) are coming off of a 37-14 loss at Ohio last Tuesday. The Bulls were less than impressive on both sides of the ball. The Buffalo offense was only able to muster 134 yards of total offense. Only 28 of those yards came from the running game. Anthone Taylor led the Bulls in rushing with just 37 yards on 17 carries. Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata was also disappointing. He was just 9 of 20 through the air for 74 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception.

The offense wasn't the only problem for Buffalo. The defense allowed the Ohio rushing attack 233 yards on the ground. A.J. Ouellette led the Bobcat attack with 155 yards on 29 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. On average, the Bulls give up 188.6 rushing yards per game.

The defense must play better to stop Akron, who doesn't have an elite offense, but they can certainly bite the Bulls if they're not ready.

The Akron Zips (4-5, 2-3 MAC)  return to Buffalo for the first time in three years. Last week against Bowling Green, the Zips' hopes of a MAC East championship were just about eliminated. There is still a chance, but that would involve Kent State winning at Bowling Green.

In their game against the Falcons last Tuesday, Kyle Pohl set many personal records. The first record was passing attempts. He threw 62 passes against Bowling Green. The next record is completions with 62 (had 31 completions). The third record was interceptions. He threw three of those but no touchdowns. You could say that the loss was all his fault, but you'd also be wrong. His receivers dropped nine passes and two of his interceptions came against one-on-one coverage. The Zips also totaled five turnovers in that game, which makes for 10 in the past two games. If they lose this game, it will make it very difficult for the Zips to make it to a bowl game. I don't think 6-6 will get the job done for a team like Akron.

This is the second midweek MAC games for these opponents. Akron will play the rest of their games on Tuesday nights. Buffalo will play next Wednesday and on the following Friday.