MAC EAST Preseason Backwards Countdown 2014 Introducing # 3

MAC EAST Preseason Backwards Countdown 2014

Starting Monday May 26 – June 7 we will attempt to rank the teams in the Mid American Conference.  On June 7th we will reveal the projected finish from top to bottom 1-13

  • Comparison of our original 6 voters (5/9/14) compared to the new poll with 17 people (5/25/14)
  • Our original 6 voters the outcome was remarkably different than when we added an additional 11 posters that shared votes from the MAC board members (additional votes from 5/24 and 5/25).  After tabulating the results and without disclosing the difference in the two polls you will be surprised with the outcome (6/7/14).  Hope everyone enjoys the poll and  gets pumped to battle on the field in August.   So we start the backwards Countdown for the 2014 Preseason ranking with the East.

RECAP MAC East Ranking

# 3 Buffalo (8-5) 2014 E (3) Prediction (9-3)

# 4 Kent State (4-8)  E (4) Prediction (5-7)

# 5 Akron University (5-7)  E (5) 2014 Prediction (4-8)

# 6 Miami University (0-12)  E (6) 2014 Prediction (2-10)

# 7 Massachusetts (1-11)  E (7) 2014 Prediction (0-12)

Introducing # 3

Image    Buffalo Football pict

# 3 Buffalo (8-5) 2014 Prediction (9-3),  Jeff Quinn will be entering his 5th year as head coach, 17–32  (.347)  Buffalo plays in the 29,000 seat UB Stadium.  The Bulls started playing football in 1894 and have an all time record of 360–478–28 (.432).  The offense appears to be in good hands with quarterback Joe Licata back for his junior year – he may be one of the best in the MAC in 2014.   One of the team’s biggest strength should be an offensive line with all five starters returning.   Running back Anthone Taylor, will be exciting to watch and will need to fill the shoes of Branden Oliver.  Special Teams has both kickers returning and appears solid.

On the defensive side of the ball the bulls will need to replace one of the best linebackers in college football (Kahlil Mack).  Both ends, Colby Way and Beau Bachtelle are gone, as are three starters in the secondary.  The only returner at corner is Cortney Lester and with Buffalo  only returning a total of 10 starters in 2014, they will need to see some help from new players.    With a very promising crop of 2014 recruits the Bulls will need to see maturing very quickly from some of the new guys.  Buffalo is bringing in the 3rd best recruiting class in the MAC for 2014.  With a very favorable schedule Buffalo should improve on last year’s record.

E   2014 Buffalo Bulls Football Schedule Predictions (9-3)
Date   Opponent Predictions
Saturday
Aug. 30
Duquesne Dukes
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
TBA W
Saturday
Sept. 6
at Army Black Knights
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
12:00 p.m. ET
CBSSN
W
Friday
Sept. 12
Baylor Bears
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Time TBA
ESPN
L
Saturday
Sept. 20
Norfolk State Spartans
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
TBA W
Saturday
Sept. 27
Miami (OH) RedHawks
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 4
at Bowling Green Falcons
Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
TBA L
Saturday
Oct. 11
at Eastern Michigan Eagles
Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 18
Open Date
Saturday
Oct. 25
Central Michigan Chippewas
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
TBA W
Saturday
Nov. 1
Open Date
Wednesday
Nov. 5
at Ohio Bobcats
Peden Stadium, Athens, OH
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2 or ESPNU
L
Tuesday
Nov. 11
Akron Zips
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2 or ESPNU
W
Wednesday
Nov. 19
Kent State Golden Flashes
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2 or ESPNU
W
Friday
Nov. 28
at UMass Minutemen
McGuirk Stadium, Amherst, MA
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPNU or ESPN3
W
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