Tonight's Akron at Miami (Ohio) game has Mid-American Conference title implications involving the University at Buffalo, but the Bulls are focusing more on their game Saturday against Bowling Green. Coach Turner Gill said the Bulls don't have plans to watch tonight's game (7:30, ESPN2) as a team.
"We have to take care of our own business," said Gill, whose team is coming off a bye week. "What ever happens, happens."
With two games remaining, UB needs to win both games and have Miami (Ohio) lose one to claim its first Mid-American Conference East Division championship.
UB (4-6, 4-2) is tied with Miami (5-5, 4-1) for first place in the East Division with identical 3-1 records in divisional play, but with its win over the Bulls two weeks ago, the RedHawks hold the tiebreaker. Miami can advance to the MAC championship game with a win tonight over Akron and a Bowling Green victory over UB on Saturday. UB needs Miami to lose in order to be a contender for the division title, while two-loss Bowling Green needs two RedHawks losses to climb back into the race.
Senior defensive end Trevor Scott said a few of the players might get together and watch the game.
"Everyone is going to be watching that game because hopefully somebody can knock off Miami and put us into first place," he said.
At least the Bulls will know the game's outcome well before Saturday's 1 p.m. kickoff against Bowling Green (6-4, 4-2) on Senior Day at UB Stadium (Radio 550 AM).
"It might give us a little more energy, but you still have to go out, execute and play the game," Gill said. "Maybe that's the only thing this game gives you, a little bit more energy and excitement. No matter what happens in the Akron-Miami game, we have to take care of our business."
Central Michigan (6-4), which has already secured a spot in the MAC championship by winning the West Division, and Bowling Green (6-4) are the only schools currently bowl eligible. UB, Ball State (5-5), Miami (5-5), Toledo (5-5), Ohio (5-6) and Akron (4-6) are all on the verge. The MAC has three bowl tie-ins.
In a move to help team unity, the Bulls visited Lasertron last week in Amherst near the UB campus. Gill came in last.
"It was my debut at Lasertron," Gill said. "I didn't do very well and I think I had the lowest score on the team. But we had some fun."
Junior quarterback Drew Willy has thrown 159 consecutive passes without an interception, a span of 23 quarters.
"It doesn't happen that often," Gill said. "It's very challenging to be able to go that many throws without an interception. It tells you that [Willy] understands the offense very well. He understands his check down and when he needs to get rid of the football. It's great to see that."