Each week the voice of UB Football, Paul Peck, will preview Buffalo's upcoming game in his "Bull Session." The play-by-play veteran breaks down this week's opponent Georgia in his debut edition.
Bullseye on: Buffalo Offense
Look for Alex Zordich to run an offense that fits his skills. That's what Jeff Quinn has done throughout his career, fit his offense to his quarterbacks. So there should be lots of movement and some quarterback runs. That's what Zordich is good at, and that should take some pressure off the Bulls offensive line as they face an impressive Bulldogs front seven…Branden Oliver can run on anybody, but he'll get a big test when he goes up the middle. Georgia has a starting nose tackle (John Jenkins) who is 358 pounds. His backup (Kwame Geathers) is 355. I'm excited to see new starting center Trevor Sales, and we'll find out about him right away as he tries to block those guys….New starting receiver Cordero Dixon and new backup running back James Potts are key players for this UB offense. That's because both bring a new level of speed and quickness….I believe Quinn when he says that the tight ends will be a bigger part of the offense. It's the best way for a new starter to have success. Give him some tight ends who can catch and provide a safe throw when the wideouts are covered…Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is an All-American who had 13.5 sacks last year. Early draft buzz says he could be a top five pick next year…The Bulldogs could be missing four defensive starters due to suspensions from offseason issues.
Bullseye on: Buffalo Defense
The UB secondary will be tested by a great quarterback. Aaron Murray threw 35 touchdowns last season. How about this, he has a chance to become the first SEC quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons. Peyton Manning never did it, neither did Matthew Stafford or Eli Manning…The Bulldogs have two of the nation's top freshman running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Both should play against the Bulls…I expect Steve Means to have a big season. He is the Bulls' most experienced player on defense, and he would make himself an NFL prospect if he balances out Khalil Mack's skills on the other side of the Buffalo D….I'm interested to see how new Defensive Coordinator Lou Tepper will alter the scheme, especially when using the outside linebackers and safeties….Jake Stockman and Lee Skinner at inside linebackers could have big tackle totals this season….The Bulldogs are one of the few teams I see that still lists a fullback as a starter, instead of a third wide receiver.
Bullseye on: Sanford Stadium
After seeing the atmosphere of bigtime college football at Tennessee, I'm even more excited to experience life "Between the Hedges." The UT game was midseason and didn't draw a sellout crowd. This is the opener, and the place will be rocking….It will likely be the second largest crowd to see a Bulls game, behind 107,000 at Penn State in 2007.
Please join me, color analyst Jim Kubiak, sideline reporter Nick Mendola and host Scott Wilson for the broadcast on the Bulls Football Network. Our pregame show starts at 11am.