(According to Vegas the San Diego State Aztecs are now one point favorites against Buffalo).
Some things to think about when selecting the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in bowl pick’em.
#1 Buffalo was initially favored by three points and is now the underdog. San Diego State has been upgraded today as the one point favorite.
#2 The stats are leaning in favor of San Diego State in both offensive and defensive categories.
#3 Will a Quinn be rattled playing in his first bowl game like Dingwell was against BYU.
#4 Will the San Diego State offensive line hold up? (Check out the injury report)
#5 Will weather play a factor. If the game is played in snow pick the better running team. Statistically this season that would be Buffalo.
#6 Which school has the momentum going into the game? Both San Diego State and Buffalo lost the last game of the season. I would say neither team holds momentum.
#7 Read the preview and chose the best team.
(We predict that this game will be very close. Both San Diego State and Buffalo run the pro style offense and the defenses are very similar. This should be one of the better bowl games this bowl season)
Question & Answer with UBBullRun of SB Nation
San Diego Sports Domination: What about the Aztecs concerns the Bulls the most?
UBBullRun: I’m most worried about the number of receiving targets that the Aztec’s have.
Buffalo has some good talent in the secondary but we don’t have a lot of depth and we have been burned by teams that can stretch our secondary by having three or four legitimate threats on the field. If the Bulls can contain the passing game I believe our front seven should be able to keep the running game in check.
San Diego Sports Domination: What should be a strength for the Bulls against San Diego State?
UBBullRun: I’m looking for the pass rush to be a huge part of this game. Our All American Linebacker Khalil Mack should be able to cause some real havoc in the backfield, especially if your Quarterback is not really a mobile guy. The Bulls pressure defense is very good at generating turnovers.
San Diego Sports Domination: What should San Diego State fans know about Khalil Mack?
UBBullRun: Mack has no weakness in his game. He’s not a guy you can double up on, or someone who’s not good in coverage. The only team that took him out of the game was Baylor and they did that by getting the ball from the center to the receiver in an inhuman amount of time.
UBBullRun: Mack never stops chasing a play and has the IQ to look for the turnover. The fumlbe which gave him the NCAA record came against Miami on a play where the Quarterback bork containment and got moving up field. Mack ran him down from behind and made stripping the ball look routine.
San Diego Sports Domination: What would a bowl victory against San Diego State mean for your program?
UBBullRun: Next year could be another hard one for UB fans. We are losing a lot of talent this season and I doubt we happen to have suck a weak schedule next season (EMU, WMU, UMass, Miami, UConn). So it may be another year, at least, until UB is in a position to Bowl again.
UBBullRun: A bowl win here could help UB gram more attention from the sports fans in Buffalo and validate that the program is indded heading in the right direction.
San Diego Sports Domination: With Buffalo making the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, was this season (at least to this point) considered a success?
UBBullRun: It depends on when you ask this question.
UBBullRun: If you ask me this before the season starts I say “Yes, absolutely I do indeed concur, wholeheartedly!”. For a program that has only one bowl game under it’s belt and had just seven wins the previous three seasons combined a Bowl is a blessing.
UBBullRun: Then we found out how weak UConn, Kent, WMU, and Ohio ended up. UB went into half time of their final game four points ahead of Bowling Green for the MAC East title. That would have meant a bowl game in detroit that the Bulls could travel to in great numbers.
UBBullRun: It could have been a ten win year but the only two good MAC teams we played beat us pretty soundly. So with the talent cliff coming there is a “what if” feeling among some fans.
NCAA SEASON LEADERS FBS
|Team||Total Offensive||Pass OFF
||Rush OFF||Pass Def||Run Def|
The Photo below is from the Aztecs victory at Boise State two years ago. We figured why not add a photo of the Aztecs playing the same stadium as the bowl game.
San Diego State Overall (7-5) Conf (6-2)
This game for the Aztecs will be won or lost on the offensive line.. The Aztec defense will not have to worry a ton about the Buffalo passing game. We expect that Buffalo will use a majority of the plays on the ground. That plays into the strength of the Aztec Defense. Expect this game to be low scoring possibly in the low to mid 20’s. The Buffalo rush defense will be busy trying to figure out how to stop the Aztec rushing attack. Donnel Pumphrey the speedster can beat you on the outside and Adam Muema can beat you running inside the tackles.
Junior Ezell Ruffin leads the team in receptions and yards while Senior Colin Lockett leads all Aztec receivers in touchdowns. Together the two receivers account hauled in 45% of all receptions, 56% of passing yards, and 47% of touchdown passes. (Article by UBBullRun Link)
Loss vs. Eastern Illinois = 40 – 19
Loss at. Ohio State = 42 – 7
Loss vs. Oregon State = 34 – 30
Win at. New Mexico State = 26 – 16
Win vs. Nevada = 51 – 44 (OT)
Win at. Air Force = 27 – 20
Loss vs. Fresno State = 35 – 28 (OT)
Win vs. New Mexico = 35 – 30
Win at. San Jose State = 34 – 30
Win at. Hawaii = 28 – 21 (OT)
Win vs. Boise State = 34 – 31 (OT)
Loss at. UNLV = 45 – 19
San Diego State Injury Report (Link)
|12/19/13||PK||Seamus McMorrow||Ankle||expected to miss Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/19/13||OL||Zach Dilley||Knee||is downgraded to expected to miss Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/12/13||DB||Marcus Andrews||Hand||doubtful Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/10/13||TE||Adam Roberts||Foot||probable Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/10/13||OL||Bryce Quigley||Foot||probable Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/10/13||RB||Dwayne Garrett||Concussion||probable Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|12/10/13||DB||Nat Berhe||Shoulder||probable Saturday vs. Buffalo U|
|11/14/13||Backup QB||Chad Jeffries||Hand||out for season|
|11/07/13||DB||Joe Morrow||Personal||out for season|
|11/07/13||CB||Mahbu Keels||Personal||off the team|
|11/06/13||S||Gabe Lemon||Neck||out indefinitely|
|10/09/13||DB||Billy Vaughn, Jr.||Shoulder||out for season|
|10/02/13||DL||Dan Kottman||Shoulder||out for season|
|10/02/13||LB||Jake Fely||Foot||expected to miss 8 weeks|
|09/18/13||RB||De’Saan Hardwick||Personal||quit the team|
|08/23/13||LB||Scott Graves||Bicep||out for season|
University of Buffalo Overall (8-4) Conference MAC (6-2)
Now lets break down the Buffalo schedule up to this point in the season. Buffalo lost to a few great squads including Ohio State, Baylor and Bowling Green. The Bulls beat a few good teams in Connecticut and Ohio. The Bulls offense is one of the middle of the road offense’s in the nation ranked as No. 70. The Bulls offense is going to have to play a flawless game in the turnover battle and the UB defense is going to have to shut down the San Diego State run game if they want to have any chance at beating the Aztecs.
Loss at. Ohio State = 40 – 20
Loss at. Baylor = 70 – 13
Win vs. Stony Brook = 26 – 23
Win vs. Connecticut = 41 – 12
Win vs. Eastern Michigan = 42 – 14
Win at. Western Michigan = 33 – 0
Win vs. Massachusetts = 32 -3
Win at. Kent State = 41 – 21
Win vs. Ohio = 30 – 3
Loss at. Toledo = 51 – 41
Win at Miami (OH) = 44 – 7
Loss vs. Bowling Green = 24 -7
Buffalo Injury Report (Link)
|10/26/13||LB||Nick Gilbo||Undisclosed||out for season|
|10/21/13||OL||Jasen Carlson||Leg||out for season|
|09/26/13||LS||Marcus McGill||Hand||out for season|
|09/04/13||FB||Boomer Brock||Knee||out for season|
|08/24/13||RB||Jordan Johnson||Elbow||out for season|
Total Offensive Stats
|Team||Total Passing||Total Rushing||Total Offensive|
|SDSU||3,147 Yards||1,917 Yards||5,064 Yards|
|UB||2,759 Yards||2,063 Yards||4,822 Yards|
Total Offensive Plays
|Team||Total Offense||Total Plays||Average Per Play||Average Per Game|
|Team||Yards||Comp/Att/Int||Avg Per Catch||APG||TD|
|Team||Penalties Yards||Avg Per Game|
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Game information: Kickoff Saturday December 21st at 3:30 p.m. MT Boise, Idaho.
Live Scoring: Gametracker
Boise Weather Forecast For Game Time
San Diego State Practice Updates
Rocky didn’t seem very happy with Thursday’s practice. Update coming.
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) December 19, 2013
— GoAztecs.com (@GoAztecs) December 18, 2013
— FamousIDPotatoBowl (@IDPotatoBowl) December 17, 2013
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