The 16th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will travel to UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Buffalo Bulls in a non-conference game. The Chanticleers are 2-0 and are coming off a 49-22 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. Sophomore quarterback Grayson McCall is coming off going 17-of-21 for 245 yards and had a pair of touchdowns. The Bulls are 1-1 so far and are coming off a 28-3 road loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Senior quarterback Kyle Vantrease is coming off an outing where he went 27-of-50 for 224 yards with an interception.
Both Coastal Carolina and Buffalo have solid offensive teams and the defensive side of the football is going to be the difference here. Let’s take a closer look into the Chanticleers and Bulls to determine where our bets should lie.
Dominating the AirThe Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have been passing the ball well this season so far as senior wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh has been leading the charge. He has 12 receptions for 255 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and a pair of touchdown receptions this season. In his last game against Kansas, Heiligh finished with six receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Going back to 2020, he has four consecutive games with at least 100+ yards. If he can figure out how to keep this up, the Chanticleers should not be in any danger.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have been a pretty good defensive team this season as they have allowed 18 points per game so far. In their last game against the Kansas Jayhawks, they allowed 22 points on 412 total yards of offense (238 passing, 174 rushing). They need to figure out how to stop the opposing offense from converting on third down as the Jayhawks went 7-for-15 on third down. They need to figure out how to stop the rushing attack as Kansas went 4.6 rushing yards per game. If Coastal Carolina can figure out how to step up defensively, it will do wonders for their program.
Kevin Marks the SpotThe Buffalo Bulls do well on the rushing game as senior running back Kevin Marks Jr has been carrying the ball well so far. This year, Marks has 34 carries for 157 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns while also catching four passes for 14 yards in the air. In their last game against Nebraska, he finished with 21 rushing attempts for 85 yards. If the Bulls' offensive line can open up some holes, it will do wonders for Buffalo.
The Buffalo Bulls' defense has been one of the better defenses this season as they are allowing 17.5 points per game. Looking at their last game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they allowed 28 points on 516 total yards of offense (296 passing, 220 rushing). They need to figure out how to stop teams from running the ball at will against them as they allowed 5.4 rushing yards per carry. If they can figure out how to get some key stops, they will be in a good spot.
- Buffalo: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 September games