Buffalo Bulls (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
College Football Week 1
Date and Time: Saturday August 31, 2013 Noon EST
Where: Ohio State Stadium (Horseshoe)
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Buf +37/OSU -37
Over/Under Total: 63
The Ohio State Buckeyes entertain the University of Buffalo Bulls on opening day in Columbus, Ohio. This particular scrimmage/game might be interesting with 3 Buckeye starters suspended for the 1st game; Carlos Hyde, Bradley Roby and Rod Smith. Hyde was the Bucks 2012 starting running back and made the difference in last year’s Michigan game. Rod Smith is Hyde’s backup and heir apparent as the next featured back in the OSU offense. Bradley Roby was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2012 and is a pre-season All-American. All 3 suspensions make very little difference in this game. Ohio State will pretty much have its way with the Buffalo Bulls (C’mon…the Buffalo Bulls???). The University of Buffalo is having identity issues these days. The Bulls (Bills?) have changed their uniforms reading “The State University of New York Buffalo” plastered across the front of their jerseys just above the numbers. Wow! “Change your Uni, Change your life???” Some creep in the Psychology Department at Buffalo came up with that brilliant piece of work! The new uni’s “ain’t gonna’ help Buffalo”; let’s look at some numbers.
12-0!!!! Big number there! That’s OSU’s record in 2012…no Bowl game because Tressel/tattoos/funny money/lying directly in the camera prior (as in Terrelle Pryor) to the 2011 Sugar Bowl, all add up to sanctions. Pryor is now with the Raiders and I hear he makes an outstanding egg & cheese omelette! Braxton Miller is the showcase of this Buckeye team; a high quality, class act if ever there was one. OSU was 47th in the nation in total offense last year and brings most everyone back; especially Braxton Miller. The Bulls were last in the MAC in 3rd down conversions, next to last in the MAC in red-zone scoring, and Head Coach Jeff Quinn is 10-28 after his 4th year. Mr. Quinn will be poppin’ resume’s at every away game stop because he won’t be around for a 5th season.
The UB Bulls bring a lot of players back from last year, but those players aren’t very good so there is no sunshine around the “New Uni” boyz. The AD at Buffalo believes the Football Program must win to make Amherst, NY the Mecca of College Football. That is not going to happen…ever! Hopefully Buffalo’s AD will show us all how it is done when he fires Jeff Quinn and willingly wants to put his own words into action. That is highly doubtful; most Higher Education Supervisors live in lofty mountains chanting their own names over and over again. Buffalo will not only lose this game, Buffalo will be 0-3 before entering the MAC. Buffalo may not score a touchdown until week 4!! The Buckeyes are loaded this year and the suspended players mean absolutely nothing. The Bucks BIG in this one as the talent gap combined with a Lame Duck Head Coach means big numbers for Urban Meyer’s “Run Up the Score” list.
Tim’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Ohio State -35
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