Tim Riordan of UB Bull Run had a brilliant idea to have a Q&A between us and him in advance of the game tomorrow (because really, he's going to know way more about Buffalo than we ever will). We went three deep apiece - my questions to him are below, and my answers to his questions (plus a bonus!) are over at his place.
RTT: Chazz Anderson also arrived in Buffalo after the end of the Brian Kelly regime, along with HC Jeff Quinn. Has Anderson acclimated well to what Quinn wants him to do with the ball?
Anderson's ability to make something out of a broken play with his feet is a huge help but nobody is asking him to be Tony Pike.
UB: I am as surprised by anyone at the ascension of Oliver. UB has a bunch of backs who are about equally skilled so for one guy to come on and just dominate, well it's caught UB Fans unaware. There are still some voices calling for Jeffvon Gill, if only to keep Oliver fresh. Oliver is a physical specimen, he makes Steve Tasker look tall but he is thick and the guy never seems to wear out. In fact he looks better after 15 carries than he does when the game starts. I am less worried about him getting burnt out than I am about him getting hurt, if only because with 30 reps a game there's that much more of a chance to take the wrong hit.
You never know with MAC coaches. Turner Gill got snatched up for one conference championship. The season he was taken ended with UB going 5-7. Mike Haywood won the MAC on a fluke play and he was hired after just two years. Meanwhile Brady Hoke had to make a stopover in San Diego and rebuild a second Moribund team before he got looked at by the power conferences.
Right now, if I had to bet, I would say Clawson and Tim Beckman (Toledo) are the guys who land on peoples radars this season. Bowling Green was awful last year but they made a bowl in year one and are off to a nice start this season. I have a lot of respect for what he is doing in Bowling Green and the faster UB does not have to play him the better.
But not this year. If he finishes with 7+ wins, which will be hard with their schedule, and pulls that off again next season youll see someone pick him off.