WHO ARE THEY?
Buffalo is led by Lance Leipold, who comparable to Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, designed the jump from dominating a lower level and transitioning to FBS football. Leipold invested eight seasons at DIII Wisconsin-Whitewater and received six countrywide titles and ninety five p.c of his games.
The first several many years ended up tough, but Buffalo is coming off their ideal two seasons in system background, like a ten-gain period in 2018 and an eight-gain period very last year that included an time beyond regulation decline from Ohio with two skipped industry ambitions and a skipped added place and a blown 27-six lead in the 4th quarter from Kent State.
Leipold’s staff at Buffalo is mostly coaches who ended up with him at Whitewater, like offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki and defensive coordinator Brian Borland.
There are some ties involving the two staffs. A several are common with coaching in the condition of Nebraska in Leipold and assistants Chris Simpson and Scott Fuchs. Fuchs, Simpson and Leipold all coached at Nebraska-Omaha, substantially like K-State offensive line coach Conor Riley. Fuchs also coached at Wyoming less than Craig Bohl, just like Wildcat linebacker coach Steve Stanard.
THE OFFENSIVE Quantities
Buffalo operates a spread offense, generally in shotgun development and a pistol alignment with 3 receivers and an H-back again. They will also participate in two real jogging backs in break up-gun or two limited finishes/H-backs. In quick yardage, they will go less than heart and run I-Development with a fullback.
Immediately after showcasing a fifty-fifty run-pass break up in Leipold’s first three seasons, the Bulls have evolved into a run-dependent crew, mainly applying inside of and exterior zone, read through-selection and a several energy ideas mixed in, far too. In 2018, they ended up sixty-forty run and very last year that jumped to 70-30 run with the tenth ideal jogging sport in the nation in phrases of yards for each sport (just about 250 yards for each sport).
The Bulls offense was only rated 69th in the FEI and 85th in the SP+ superior metrics very last year. In the SP+, the run sport was only rated 70 and the pass sport only 96th. They did have a strong results amount at thirty sixth nationally, but they ended up way down at 125th in explosiveness.
For explosive performs, sixteen.four p.c ended up ten+ yards and five.3 p.c ended up twenty+ K-State was twenty.1 p.c and five.eight p.c respectively. In 2018, the offense was their toughness, position 14th & 47th in the FEI/SP+ metrics.
THE OFFENSIVE Staff
Buffalo has the ideal higher education jogging back again that several supporters have never ever heard of in junior Jaret Patterson. In his sophomore period, Patterson rushed for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns although also catching 13 balls for 209 yards. He concluded 1st crew All-MAC, and throughout a person extend, had eight straight one hundred-lawn rushing performances. Patterson has already appeared on some preseason All-American lists and is being discussed as a likely draft select soon after his junior period.
The Bulls showcased a next 1,000-lawn rusher in Kevin Marks and the two are generally on the industry collectively. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease wasn’t utilised generally in the run sport, and ran for only sixty four yards, but he did score 6 touchdowns and was utilised largely all-around the target line.
At quarterback, Buffalo returns two gamers that played very last year. Junior Kyle Vantrease began the very last eight games of the period and threw for 1,193 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore Matt Meyers began the first 5 games and threw for 602 yards with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Meyers was utilised a bit a lot more in the jogging sport throughout his time, rushing for 94 yards in all those 5 games.
The Bulls’ passing sport rated only 122nd in the nation. Senior wideout Antonio Nunn is the greatest obtaining threat, earning third crew All-MAC honors with 49 catches, 687 yards and 6 touchdowns. Senior Daniel Lee returns as the next-primary receiver with 23 catches, 284 yards and a person touchdown, although large senior limited close/H-back again Zac Lefebvre caught 21 balls for 235 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulls like to throw a great deal off participate in action and will consider to extend the industry vertically.
The Bulls shed three of their 5 starters on the offensive line, like 1st crew All-MAC assortment Evin Ksiezarczyk and 2nd crew All-MAC assortment Paul Nosworthy. 2nd Group All-MAC assortment Kayode Awosika returns at correct deal with and Mike Novitsky returns at heart. The Bulls also introduced in transfer offensive lineman Keith Woetzel from UMass, who began 34 games for the Minutemen.
THE DEFENSIVE Quantities
Buffalo is coming off a person of their ideal defensive seasons at any time, position 24th in the FEI and forty fifth in the SP+. In the SP+, the Bulls ended up twentieth in hurry defense, 96th in pass defense, twenty first in results amount authorized and 109th in explosive performs authorized. They ended up also thirty fifth in defensive havoc amount (tackles for decline, interceptions, pass crack ups and pressured fumbles). The Bulls feature a four-3 base defense that generally morphs into a four-2-five glimpse from spread formations.
THE DEFENSIVE Staff
The Bulls did get rid of their top two tacklers and 4 of their top 6, like a trio that attained 1st, 2nd, and 3rd crew All-MAC defensive honors. They also shed 4 of their top seven in phrases of havoc performs.
Still, Buffalo returns two Initial Group All-MAC defenders and two Next Group All-MAC defenders.
Leading the way on defense is first crew All-MAC defensive close Malcolm Koonce, who tallied 33 tackles and led the Bulls in havoc performs at fourteen. Fellow defensive close Taylor Riggins was also first crew and concluded with 48 tackles and ten.five havoc performs.
Basic safety Tyrone Hill was next crew All MAC and concluded with seventy one tackles and 13 havoc performs, along with OLB Kadofi Wright, who was also a next crew All-MAC assortment.
Linebacker James Patterson (twin brother of jogging back again Jaret) returns with forty tackles and 7.five havoc performs a year back, although fellow returning linebacker Tim Terry recorded 42 tackles very last period.
Basic safety Cory Gross and cornerback Aapri Washington are returners in the secondary. The Bulls introduced in Brenden Pyne as a graduate transfer, a linebacker that led Brown in tackles in the Ivy League and transfer linebacker Keith Woetzel would make the jump from FCS Lehigh soon after primary them in tackles for three straight seasons.
Unique Teams NOTES
Buffalo’s specific groups device has been a weakness less than Leipold, finishing one hundredth nationally 4 of 5 seasons and 119th or worse the very last two seasons. Punter Jackson Baltar returns soon after averaging 37.2 yards for each punt and kicker Alex McNulty returns soon after finishing ten for fifteen on industry ambitions and forty of 42 on added details. Ron Prepare dinner is the primary returner averaging 22 yards on five kick returns and six.7 yards on ten punt returns. The Bulls had no returns for touchdowns in 2019.
DY’S SUMMARY AND Conclusion
I will get started by thanking ksu_Enthusiast for his assist on the quantities and personnel. He is amazing at producing that kind of research and he has always been and will carry on to be an asset for us.
We will preview and attack each individual sport on the agenda like this during the remainder of the offseason.
My first assessment of Buffalo and this contest is that the Bulls will be the hardest non-conference sport on the slate for Kansas State this year and it almost certainly just isn’t especially shut. They’ve been a bowl crew for two straight seasons, have some elite returning gamers and are a mere inches absent from coming off back again-to-back again ten-gain seasons.
Vanderbilt is the energy 5 opponent, but an argument can be designed that they ended up a person of the first energy 5 groups in all of higher education football very last year and not substantially previously mentioned Kansas on the scale.
The Bulls lacked explosion on offense a year back, but returning nearly all of their skill gamers and a person of the ideal gamers in America must get rid of that to an extent. Offensively, being as run-significant as they are, it will be a adjust-up and a bit of a deviation from what K-State will see the rest of the year and obstacle the Wildcats’ defensive entrance that will be breaking in a great deal of new faces.
Defensively, Buffalo was amazing a year back. They’re getting rid of a first rate chunk of that generation, but at the similar time, they ended up full of standouts and several of them nevertheless make their way back again for a different period in upstate New York.
That will make it a obstacle, who will have 4 distinctive gamers (most probably) make their first job begin when the Bulls make it to Manhattan.
To no surprise, there must be a large edge on specific groups for the Wildcats.
I consider this sport performs as a large obstacle for Kansas State for about three quarters and they make a little ease and comfort late but not a ton.