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Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)

When: 3 p.m. today. Where: Yager Stadium.

Radio: 550 AM. Line: Miami by 7.

Buffalo: Seeking its first win over Miami. . . . Has allowed three points or fewer in the second half in three of the last four games. . . . WR Naaman Roosevelt is averaging 124 yards of total offense over the last seven games.

Miami: Seeking its 10th consecutive victory against UB. . . . Following a record seven consecutive home losses, the RedHawks have won their last two contests at Yager Stadium. . . . The defense has yielded an average of only 17.8 points per game over its last five contests.

Buffalo might win if: The Bulls can run the ball. Opponents have been able to run on the interior of Miami's defensive line, and UB will probably stick with its potent ground attack and use the combination of RBs James Starks, Mario Henry and Brandon Thermilus to eventually mount a respectable ground game. Defensively, coordinator Jimmy Williams should be aggressive in his play-calling against a RedHawks offensive line that has allowed 26 sacks this season, second most in the Mid-American Conference.

Miami might win if: It gets good offensive balance. In four of its victories, the team's rushing yardage (827) and passing yardage (815) are virtually similar. If they fall behind, the RedHawks will air it out and abandon the run. Miami's total defense numbers aren't sterling, but its yielded an average of just 16.8 points through four league games.

Outlook: The RedHawks are tough to figure out. They defeated Ball State to open the season and recorded consecutive wins over Syracuse, Kent State and Bowling Green before losing to Temple on the road. Meanwhile, the Bulls have won three of their last four games and are clamoring for a share of the East Division title. UB will win, but not without resistance.

Prediction: Buffalo 24, Miami 21.

-- Rodney McKissic

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