Friday, November 25, 2016

25 questions about the end

What is their body of work?

They are having a tough year at 2-9.  This is Lance Leipold's second season, and they both have been losing seasons.  In fact, Buffalo has had only one winning season since Turner Gill left after the 2009 season.  They beat Army and Akron, and lost to everyone else, including FCS Albany, who finished with a 7-4 record.

How many seniors and juniors on the two-deep?

They have 24...which is on the young side.

Who are their statistical leaders?


What is their turnover ratio?

(Most of the stats below are conference only).  They are -4, which is not surprising given their record.


 How is their QB play?

Like BG, they are playing a R-FR QB, 6'7" Tyree Jackson from Michigan.  He's struggled worse than Morgan has, with a QB rating of 104.  He is their second leading rusher.

What is their scoring and yards per play?

They are last in scoring and #9 in yards per play.

Can they run the ball?

They are #5 with 4.6 yards per carry.  Their lead RB is #4 in the MAC with almost 107 yards per game and his 5.8 yards per carry is tied for the conference lead.

Do they pass the ball?

They are 11th in pass efficiency.  Jackson has only completed 54% of his passes with 6 TD and 6 INT and 11.4 yards per completion, all of which are pretty average to poor.  For the third week in a row, BG is playing a QB- compromised team, though this one is actually a QB.

How is their run/pass balance?

They are very evenly split at 51%

Do they convert on 3rd Down?

No.  They are 10th at the MAC average at 36%.

Do they score in the red zone?

Not really.  First, they have only 17 red zone trips, lowest in the MAC.  They score only 4.2 points per trip, which is not good.

Do they protect the quarterback?

Pretty average.  They allow sacks on about 5% of their passing attempts.


Topline: Scoring and yards per play.

They are also #11 in scoring defense and in yards per play allowed.

Do they defend the run effectively?

They are #11 in rushing defense and #10 in yards per carry allowed.  Excellent opportunity for further exploration of the real Mike Jinks.

Can they be passed on?

They are better here, #8 in pass efficiency defense.  They allow 56% with 10 TDs and only 4 INT.  They allow 14.3 yards per completion, which is just bad.

Do they get off the field on 3rd down?

They are 10th in the MAC, allowing 47% conversion.

Do they defend in the red zone?

They are not bad at 4.9 points per trip.

Do they pressure the QB?

They are average with 4.9% sacks.

Special Teams:


They are dead last in net punting.  They have been blocked twice and have a TD return against (all games).

Punt Return?

Not bad at 7 yards per return, which is pretty good.


He's poor.  All games, he is 11 of 18 and 9 of 12 inside 40.  Long of 45, blocked once. (All games)


They are last in the MAC.  Teams average starting on the 35.  They have allowed a return TD.

Kickoff Return?

They are 10th in the MAC in kick returns.  They start on the 25 in all games.

Miscellaneous: Overall atmospherics and intangibles.

Well, this is it.  The way BG is playing now you'd expect to win this game.  Buffalo is just not very good.  I don't know if Coach Leipold has his program going in the right direction or not, but he is really struggling.  I get the feeling BG's players are trying to leave with a better taste in their mouth, and I'd hope to see that kind of an effort in what promises to be a deadly quiet football environment at the Doyt.  BG matches up well against this team and I would hope that BG finishes the job and heads into the off-season on a "positive" trajectory.

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