After an impressive showing despite their loss week 1 at Georgia, the University at Buffalo football team returns home Saturday evening for their home opener against Morgan State.
The Bulls look to take advantage of a smaller school in order to post their first win of the year.
So, what do you need to know about this year’s Morgan State Bears football team?
First off, they play in the MEAC Conference. The Bears finished 5-6 last year with their only game against a FBS opponent being vs. Bowling Green, a 58-13 loss for Morgan State.
They’ve gotten off to a 1-0 start this year after defeating Sacred Heart 30-27 in overtime last week.
Besides UB, the Bears will also take on MAC foe Akron next week on the road.
Now, let’s get to their actual players.
They are led at quarterback by Seth Higgins. Higgins struggled week one vs. Sacred Heart passing for only 153 yards on 14-31 passing and had one interception.
Those aren’t exactly the best numbers for the lowly competition he faced. The Bulls should be able to control the Bears passing attack and limit them to very little production on Saturday.
At running back, Morgan State has two guys they like to give the ball to and run with a lot.
Travis Davidson is their main back. Expect him to get 20+ carries vs. UB on Saturday. He ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears opener and is their main threat on offense.
Morgan State also tries to give Brian Mann some carries as well.
When the Bears passing attack is working, two names to watch out for are Andrew King and Chris Flowers. The duo combined for nine of Higgins 14 completions and went for 101 yards total last week.
Defensively, Morgan State doesn’t appear to have a very good defense but they did force a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage vs. Sacred Heart, though their not quite up to UB’s skill level offensively.
Sacred Heart put up 441 yards of total offense against Morgan State week 1 and led at multiple points of the contest.
Three players to look out for on the Bears defense include Elandon Roberts, Tierney Yates and Kenneth Ridley.
Roberts had 11 tackles and two tackles for loss week one while Yates had eight tackles and three tackles for loss against Sacred Heart.
Ridley tied for second in the MEAC in interceptions last year with four and collected his first of the season last week.
Morgan State will be coming to UB Stadium on Saturday trying to get a big win for their program against a FBS opponent.
Unfortunately for them, it probably won’t happen. This game has the makings of a UB blowout as long as the Bulls don’t overlook the Bears.
Buffalo has way too much talent on offense and defense to think this game will be close.
Feature photo used from Baltimore Sun by Karl Merton Ferron