Radio: 1520 AM. TV: ESPNU.
Last time out: Both teams are coming off poor outings. UB was blown out at Akron, 42-21. UMass lost at home to Miami, 20-13. That snapped Miami’s 22-game road losing streak.
Trending: It’s the last home game for UB quarterback Joe Licata. He’s one of 17 UB seniors playing their last home game. ... UMass is banged up in the defensive secondary. Both starting cornerbacks have missed the past two games, and the top two free safeties have been lost to injury. ... This is the final MAC game for UMass, which is going independent next season. Its 2016 schedule includes Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Boston College and BYU. The Minutemen will graduate 15 senior starters this year. Ouch. Presumably, UMass will be willing to take its lumps while clinging to the hope of an invite down the road to the American Athletic Conference.
Stat check: UMass is getting outscored in the third quarter, 119-35. UB has a 71-34 scoring edge in the third quarter.
Star gazing: Amateur NFL draftniks should focus on No. 1 for the Minutemen, WR Tajae Sharpe figures to be a mid-round draft pick. Sharpe leads the nation in catches with 105. ... QB Blake Frohnapfel (No. 7) ranked second in the MAC in passing yards last year but the supporting cast hasn’t been as good this year. His passing yards are down 85 a game from last year although he’s still fourth in the MAC. ... UMass also has an outstanding MLB in Jovan Santos-Knox (No. 17).
At stake: UB must win to become bowl-eligible. UB is one of 18 teams fighting for the last nine bowl positions. There are 14 teams that need one win to be bowl-eligible. Four more need two wins. If the favorites in all those matchups win, probably only five or six teams more teams will get to bowl eligibility. If there are a bunch of upsets, UB could be in trouble (presuming the Bulls beat UMass).
Prediction: UB 30, UMass 16.
– Mark Gaughan