The top teams in the Mid-American Conference East Division from a year ago square off on Tuesday night when the Buffalo Bulls host the defending league champion Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Buffalo (1-0) won the MAC East title in 2018, while Miami (1-0) won the MAC crown last season after defeating MAC West champion Central Michigan. The RedHawks rank first in the conference in overall wins (699), MAC wins (300), MAC Championships (16) and bowl victories (7). Buffalo defeated Miami 51-42 in 2018, the last time the teams played in Buffalo, N.Y.
The game from UB Stadium is slated to start at 8 p.m. ET. Miami is expected to be shorthanded, missing tight end Andrew Homer (arm), running back Tyre Shelton (undisclosed) and possibly quarterback Brett Gabbert (head). The Bulls are favored by eight points in the latest Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 56.5. Before making any Buffalo vs. Miami picks, check out the college football predictions for MACtion from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo spread: Buffalo -8
- Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo over-under: 56.5 points
- Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo money line: Buffalo -320; Miami +260
- MIOH: Was 5-0 in one-score games in 2019 and has won eight consecutive one-score games dating back to 2018
- BUF: The Bulls have not allowed a sack in five consecutive games dating back to last year
Why Buffalo can cover
The Bulls, who have had a lot of success at home over the past three seasons, going 14-4 there since the start of 2017, boast a solid defense. Junior outside linebacker James Patterson tied for a team-high eight tackles in the season opener, including three solo, with one forced fumble. He has been a starter for the past two seasons and recorded 40 tackles last year, including 6.5 for loss. He also registered 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Against Penn State on Sept. 7, he made four tackles and a sack.
Also helping bolster the Bulls' defense is linebacker Tyree Thompson, a graduate transfer from UCLA, who had seven stops, including four solo, in last week's win at Northern Illinois. In 2018, he was the Bruins' starting inside linebacker where he ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 55, including 32 solo. He also had one forced fumble and one pass breakup. He had a season-high 11 tackles against Utah and was credited with at least four tackles in eight games.
Why Miami (Ohio) can cover
The RedHawks are the defending conference champions and return a number of key players, including senior wide receiver Jack Sorenson. In the opening win over Ball State, Sorenson caught seven passes for 139 yards (19.9 average), including a long of 33 yards. Last year, Sorenson was named the MAC Championship Offensive Player of the Game with eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he played in 11 games, finishing with 44 receptions for 568 yards and four touchdowns.
There is some question as to who will quarterback the RedHawks. Gabbert, a sophomore, started but left last Wednesday's game after suffering an injury. He had completed five of eight passes (62.5 percent) for 76 yards, including a long of 32 yards. If he can't go, sophomore AJ Mayer will get the start. He finished the win over Ball State by completing 16 of 24 passes (66.7 percent) for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Both signal callers have played well when called upon.
How to make Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total. In fact, it says Sorenson will go over 50 yards of receiving, while Patterson will surpass the 100-yard rushing mark and score a touchdown. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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