BUFFALO AT MIAMI U.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Line: Miami +7.5
First-year Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold has had considerably more success in his abbreviated tenure with the Bulls than Miami’s Chuck Martin has in a year-and-a-half with the RedHawks.
While Leipold’s 3-4 record is a vast departure from the many perfect seasons he put together at Div. III UW-Whitewater, his win total matches that of Martin in 20 games at Miami.
The RedHawks are on a seven-game losing streak since beating FCS Presbyterian in Week 1. Aside from a four-point loss to regional rival Cincinnati, in which Miami inexplicably scored 33 points, the RedHawks have failed to break 20 points every game of this losing skid.
Buffalo’s been respectable on the defensive end overall, ranking 55th in scoring defense and only allowing one point to break 30 points (Central Michigan). Miami’s unlikely to solve its offensive woes this week. On the flip-side, the RedHawks’ No. 95-ranked rushing defense will struggle to slow the Bulls, despite limitations on dinged-up running back Anthone Taylor.
Leipold’s spent his entire coaching career reaching postseasons. With a win on the road Thursday, his moves within two victories of sealing his first at the FBS level.