Two of three remaining undefeated teams in the MAC will meet on Saturday when Buffalo plays host to Kent State on CBS Sports Network to highlight the network's holiday slate. The action began Friday when Central Michigan used a wild, fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Eastern Michigan 31-23 in a battle of teams from The Great Lake State and concluded Saturday night when Navy hosts Memphis.
But the headliner arguably comes early on Saturday, when Buffalo and Kent State square off. The teams are tied atop the league's East division standings at 3-0 at the halfway point of the MAC's conference-only schedule, and they can ill-afford to lose if they hope to appear in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 18.
The projected point total of 68 suggests it will be a high-scoring affair as do the recent results of both teams. The Golden Flashes are averaging 52.7 points per game and 616 yards per game. Buffalo is averaging 44.3 points and a comparatively meager 461 yards per game.
Memphis vs. Navy
Storylines: The high-flying Memphis offense could have a field day against a Navy defense that allowed a combined 88 points to SMU and Houston in its last two games. But the Midshipmen have not played since Oct. 31, so they've had plenty of time to prepare for the Tigers, who have gone through some defensive woes of their own. Both teams are 3-2 in the AAC and play vastly different styles, which should make this an entertaining battle in which defense will be optional.