UB Gameday: Five Things to Watch vs. Florida Atlantic
Kickoff: Noon in Boca Raton, Fla.
Radio 1520 AM. TV: WNYO.
1. Yards. The statistics say it’s going to be an offensive game. UB’s offense should be able to move up and down the field against a defense that allowed 618 yards two weeks ago and 526 last week. The Bulls should be good for at least 450, right? Florida Atlantic’s linebacking corps is super young. Look for UB to try to exploit in in the run and pass game.
2. Who plays QB? We’re expecting Florida Atlantic’s senior starter, Jaquez Johnson, is not going to be able to play on a sprained ankle. He was in a boot on Monday. He expressed optimism on Tuesday. Even if he does play, one would think he’d be a lot less effective running the ball, and his running ability is his best strength. He’s listed at 240 but he looks a good 260. If red-shirt freshman Jason Driskel starts, UB should try to make him win from the pocket.
3. Attrition. The forecast calls for a temperature of 89 degrees with 65 percent humidity. Look for UB to try to play in waves on defense. But FAU’s no-huddle offense is geared to preventing the opponent from substituting. Is UB going wo wilt in the heat?
4. Team speed. Virtually the entire FAU roster is from the state of Florida. Conventional recruiting wisdom says a team of Florida players should beat a team with a bunch of New York State starters. Is there a noticeable difference in team speed?
5. White helmets. UB went to white helmets in the Craig Cirbus era, when the uniforms copied those of Penn State. They wore the white helmets through the 2001 season. Blue has been the helmet color ever since. It’s probably not a bad idea to pull out new white helmets for what will be the hottest game of the year.