The Buffalo Bills will travel to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a non-conference matchup. Buffalo is 1-0 so far this season and cruised to a 69-7 win over the Wagner Seahawks. Senior quarterback Kyle Vantrease went 15-of-19 for 231 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions. Nebraska is 1-1 (0-1 in the Big Ten) and are coming off a 52-7 dominant win over the Fordham Rams. Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez went 17-of-23 for 254 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions.
These programs are coming off laughers against FCS squads and coming back to a more even matchup can be an interesting tale of what these teams are about. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our bets.
Adding Air MilesSenior wide receiver Quian Williams played a good first game against the Wagner Seahawks but I understand it’s hard to dissect the numbers here against such an inferior team. Williams finished with five receptions for 96 yards but getting 33 percent of the receptions is a great target share for him to be successful. If Kyle Vantrease can figure out how to continue getting the ball to him, it will do wonders for this hot Buffalo offense.
Looking at what the Buffalo Bulls were able to do against the Wagner Seahawks should give you a lot to be excited about, albeit completely different levels of football programs. A sign of a good defense is getting third-down stops and they forced the Seahawks to go 2-for-13 and 0-for-1 on fourth down. Buffalo allowed 97 total yards of offense so if they can use this as a great step forward, it will really help the Bulls be a dominant team this season.
Passing Game Needs ImprovementThe Nebraska Cornhuskers need to be more effective in the passing attack and having a guy like senior Samori Toure step up would benefit that. He finished against Fordham with eight receptions for 13 yards but did not find the endzone. It was against a completely different program from where Nebraska is expected to be but if Toure can figure out how to be closer to this performance than their first game, it will really help the offense and potentially keep head coach Scott Frost from the unemployment line.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers took advantage of an inferior program last week against the Fordham Rams as they only allowed seven points and forced three turnovers (all interceptions) but there are good signs here as they forced Fordham to go just 2-of-13 on third down and 1-of-4 on fourth down. The Cornhuskers did allow the chains to move as they gave up 292 total yards of offense (163 passing yards, 129 rushing yards). If Nebraska can’t stop Fordham from moving the ball, it could be a very long season here.
- Nebraska: Cornhuskers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
- Nebraska: Cornhuskers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Buffalo: Bulls are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Buffalo: Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.