Joe Licata and the Buffalo Bulls (2014: 5-6, 3-4 MAC) prepare to take on the Albany Great Danes (2014: 7-5, 3-5 CAA) in a season-opening matchup this afternoon.
This is Buffalo's first game under new head coach Lance Leipold, as the Bulls fired Jeff Quinn after seven games a season ago. Leipold brings Brian Borland in as his defense coordinator, who switches the Bulls to the 4-3 system in 2015. The new head coach comes from D-III Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he won six national titles and had a record of 109-6. Senior quarterback Joe Licata is back once again, after amassing over 2600 yards passing a season ago.
Anthone Taylor and Jordan Johnson both return at running back for the Bulls, who will be trying to make a statement and dismiss Albany early on. The Great Danes start a new quarterback after all-time yards leader Will Fiacchi graduated. Redshirt junior Ryan Smith will likely get the start for Albany.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: Saturday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: University of Buffalo Stadium in Amherst, New York
TV: This game will be on ESPN3.
Online Streaming: This game can be seen on the WatchESPN app, available on iOS and Android powered devices. Click here to watch on your computer or laptop.
Radio: The game can be heard in or around Buffalo on 1520 AM ESPN Buffalo. Click here to listen live.
Odds: There are no odds on this game. For a full list of NCAAF odds, click here.
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Players to Watch
Joe Licata (QB, Buffalo)- The Bulls' 2014 starter is back once again after throwing for 29 touchdowns and completing a career-high 64.9 percent of his passes last season.
Anthone Taylor (RB, Buffalo)- Taylor emerged as Buffalo's main back last season, running for nearly 1500 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Bulls will need him to big in 2015 if they are going to be successful.
Ryan Smith (QB, Albany)- Smith is Albany's likely number one at quarterback, and will be starting his first ever game later today.
Andre Martin (RB, Albany)- Martin is the replacement to Omar Osbourne, who graduated last year and led Great Danes' rushers with over 1200 total yards. Martin only had 215 yards in 11 games last season.