Game Preview: Buffalo at Tennessee

Check out InsideTennessee.com's breakdown of the the Vols match up with MAC opponent Buffalo in Neyland Stadium.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/1/11
SITE: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CSS
SERIES: First Meeting
RECORDS: Tennessee 2-1, 0-1 SEC; Buffalo 1-3, 0-1 MAC

KEYS TO THE GAME:

— For Tennessee: The Volunteers have to learn how to run the ball on Saturday. They are currently ranked 112 nationally in rushing at 81.7 yards per game. Saturday's game will be an important preview to the rest of the 2011 season.

— For Buffalo: The Bulls are going to have to frustrate the Tennessee offense and score early. If they aren't able to rattle the hometown Vols early then things could get out of hand very early. They will be outmatched at nearly every position. To get a win they are going to have to bring their very best and get luck too in order to have a chance.

FAST FACTS:

Tennessee:

— A Tennessee win would move the Vols to 3-1 and would be the first time they have done so since 2006 when the Vols started 7-1.

— A Tennessee win would extend Tennessee's perfect record against the MAC to 8-0.

— A Tennessee win would give the Vols 7 wins in the last 8 regular season games.

Buffalo:

— Saturday's game will only mark the second time that the Bulls have done battle with a SEC opponent, the first came with a loss against Auburn in 2006.

— Neyland Stadium is the second largest that Buffalo has ever played in at 102,455. The Bulls have also played in Beavers Stadium against Penn State, which seats 106,572.

— A win for the Bulls would mark their second ever victory over a BCS opponent.

— This will be Buffalo's first ever game in the state of Tennessee.

STAT LEADERS:

Tennessee:

Tyler Bray — 77-113, 986 yds., 10 TD/2 INT

Tauren Poole — 54 att., 217 yds., 1 TD

Da'Rick Rogers — 20 catches, 262 yds., 4 TD

Buffalo:

Chazz Anderson — 78-133, 782 yds., 3 TD/3 INT

Branden Oliver — 100 att., 458 yds., 5 TD

Marcus Rivers — 26 catches, 269 yds., 1 TD

Alex Neutz — 22 catches, 293 yds., 1 TD

STAGGERING STATS:

— The Vols are No. 10 nationally in passing yards per game with 334.7 yards. Tyler Bray leads their attack from the quarterback position and is ranked first among Southeastern Conference quarterbacks.

— Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers leads the SEC in receptions per game with 6.7.

— Buffalo is only surrendering an average of 21.8 points per contest, which is good enough for a 45 national ranking.

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

Tennessee:

For Tennessee, a win really doesn't mean all that much. They are expected to win and if they don't win handily it will be an absolute disappointment. Theoretically this should be a warm-up game for the rest of their brutal October schedule, which includes Georgia, LSU, Alabama and South Carolina.

Buffalo:

For the Bulls, a win on Saturday would be absolutely monumental for the program. This game is a true David vs. Goliath matchup. If they were to get a win it would instantly go into the history books and might even top the win by Appellation State in the Big House.


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