Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: 1230 AM
Line: Ohio (-2)
Buffalo: Looking for its first win at Ohio since joining the MAC in 1999. . . . The Bulls are 11 points shy of scoring 200 points for the third consecutive season. . . . A win against the Bobcats would improve the Bulls to 4-4 and give them a .500 record heading into November for the first time.
Ohio: Has won six straight home matchups with the Bulls, with the last home loss coming on Sept. 21, 1963 (21-0). . . . Junior TB Chris Garrett led Ohio with 173 all-purpose yards (48 rushing, 82 receiving, 43 kick return) in its last game, a 14-10 loss to Temple. . . . The 13 tackles for loss vs. Temple were the sixth-highest single game total in school history.
Buffalo might win if: It gets its running game cranking and protects QB Drew Willy. Junior TB James Starks missed the last game vs. Army with turf toe but should play tonight, which will boost the running game. He's also an underrated blocker in pass protection and Ohio likes to get after the QB. If given time, Willy can carve up most defenses.
Ohio might win if: It can produce some offense. The defense is one of the best in the MAC but getting into the end zone has been a problem. The Bobcats might want to give the ball to Garrett more than 14 times, the number of carries he had against Temple. Also, QB Boo Jackson has to become more of a threat running the ball. If that happens, Ohio can have success moving the chains and scoring points.
Outlook: This will be yet another close game for the Bulls, who are making a living off nail-biters. If they pound the ball on offense and harass Jackson into making poor decisions, the Bulls will pull even with a .500 record.
Prediction: UB 28, Ohio 21
-- Rodney McKissic