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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Over 100,000 boisterous scarlet-clad fans in Columbus’ Horseshoe and the 100+ degree Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, only scratched the surface of the University at Buffalo’s foes over the last two weeks.

In an inspired effort, the Bulls hung tough with the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes—falling a dubious holding call shy of threatening Ohio State’s 10-point third quarter lead, eventually losing 40-20 to Braxton Miller and co.

The Bulls’ momentum after the respectable 20-point loss vanished in Waco, as Baylor set a school record for total yards (781) and scored their most points in game since 1929 in the 70-13 rout. To our knowledge, the 70 points allowed mark the most in UB’s Division I history.

Obviously, UB would rather not get outscored 110-33 over the season’s first eight quarters, and there are modest statistical similarities to Buffalo’s start in 2000—the team’s second year in Division I-A—when UB was outscored a combined 122-7 in non-conference games against Syracuse and Rutgers.

Don’t let the first two results faze you, Bulls fans.

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if, barring injuries like the one suffered by OSU’s Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller, both Ohio State and Baylor contend for the BCS National Championship.

The difference in sheer athleticism, size and speed between BCS and FBS recruits was alarmingly apparent, as both OSU and Baylor ran circles around UB—the Buckeyes’ Jordan Hall was an absolute blur while the Bears’ “monster with certitude” Lache Seastrunk looked every bit of a future NFL first-round pick.

Fortunately for the program of athletic director Danny White and head coach Jeff Quinn, the Bulls won’t face an opponent even close to the caliber of the aforementioned foes.

For instance, Football Championship Subdivision power Stony Brook faces the unenviable task of traveling to UB Stadium for the Bulls’ home opener at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Season and individual tickets can be purchased here, and there’s an assortment of brand-new tailgating events intended to enhance the game-day experience. See them listed below courtesy of BuffaloBulls.com:

12:30 pm Stampede Square opens to the public

1:00 pm Activities begin

1:15 pm “Walk to Victory” and Pep Rally on concert stage

1:30 pm Tailgate Concert Series featuring Blues Traveler

2:30 pm Concert ends. UB Bulls Radio Pregame Show begins

2:45 pm Marching Band performs in Stampede Square

3:30 pm Bulls kickoff against Stony Brook

The pre-game highlight, of course, is the debut of UB’s Tailgate Concert Series, which invites 25-year-old band Blues Traveler back to Buffalo.

The headlining act has a bit of a past in Buffalo, playing Alumni Arena in 1995 before hitting Thursday at the Square in 2006 and 2011.

(All photos courtesy of Don Nieman from the UB vs. Ohio State game at the Horseshoe. See Don Nieman’s full gallery here).

TAGGED: baylor bears, blues traveler, college football, joe licata, khalil mack, mac, ohio state buckeyes, stony brook seawolves, ub bulls

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