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Team-by-team breakdown of UB football's 2018 schedule

Here's a look at the University at Buffalo's 2018 schedule:

Sept. 1, Delaware State, 6 p.m.

Former NFL offensive lineman Rod Milstead takes over his alma mater after a disappointing 2-8 season in 2017. Delaware State played two FBS opponents last year, West Virginia and Florida State, and lost to both by a combined 136-22.

Sept. 8, at Temple, 3:30 p.m.

The Owls went on a 4-1 run to end last season, which included a Gasparilla Bowl victory against Florida International, thanks largely to a change at quarterback. Frank Nutile threw for 1,600 and 12 touchdowns in eight games and was named MVP of Temple's bowl game.

Sept. 15, Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m.

UB avoids Northern Illinois' monster defensive end Sutton Smith on this year's schedule, but Maxx Crosby is just as dangerous. He finished last year ranked sixth in the country with 11 sacks.

Sept. 22, at Rutgers, Time TBD

The only Power Five opponent on this year's slate, Rutgers has dealt with a three-way quarterback competition before naming true freshman Art Sitkowski as the starter. The Bulls' last win against a team currently in the Power Five came against the Scarlet Knights in 2002. They've gone 0-26 since.

Sept. 29, Army, Time TBD

The Black Knights are looking to make a third consecutive bowl appearance for the first time in program history. UB will be happy quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw, who ripped UB apart for 147 rushing yards in the Bulls' devastating 21-17 loss last season, is gone.

Oct. 6, at Central Michigan, Time TBD

Running back Jonathan Ward is a do-it-all player, as he led the Chippewas in both rushing yards and receptions in 2017. Tony Poljan takes over at quarterback with the graduation of Shane Morris.

Oct. 13, Akron, Time TBD

The Zips were picked fourth in the MAC East in last season's preseason poll but defeated two of the three teams slotted ahead of them en route to a MAC Championship appearance. A repeat of that impressive feat will be tough with the loss of quarterback Thomas Woodson, running back Manny Morgan, and No. 2 wideout A.J. Coney.

Oct. 20, Toledo, noon

The defending MAC champions are without the league's 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Logan Woodside. Whoever wins the battle to replace him will have plenty of weapons, as Toledo returns three receivers with 1,000 or more career yards.

Oct. 30, Miami, 8 p.m.

The RedHawks return 16 starters, including quarterback Gus Ragland. The redshirt senior threw for 2,032 yards and 19 touchdowns, with wide receiver James Gardner being his favorite target. He finished third in receiving yards in the MAC with 927.

Nov. 6, Kent State, 7:30 p.m.

The Zips finished last in the MAC East in 2017. The conference's preseason poll has them landing there again this year, but they are under new leadership. Former Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis inherits a group that scored just 12.8 points per game last season.

Nov. 14, Ohio, Time TBD

The Bobcats, who feature dual-threat quarterback Nathan Rourke and running back A.J. Ouellette, are the only team picked ahead of UB in the MAC East preseason poll. Ohio is looking to put behind the end of last season, which included losses to Akron and UB to conclude the conference schedule.

Nov. 23, Bowling Green, Time TBD:

The Falcons are likely still having nightmares about Anthony Johnson, as he put up 160 yards and two touchdowns last year. He wasn't the only player to burn Bowling Green, as the team finished 122nd in scoring defense.

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