Albany (0-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletic) at
Buffalo (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Friday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. ET
UB Stadium, Buffalo NY
● It’s the 13th meeting of the two schools, with Albany holding a 7-5 advantage. Buffalo defeated Albany 51-14 in last year’s opener. UB is 8-2 in its last 10 home openers.
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● Albany averaged 15.0 ppg, while opponents tallied 28.6 ppg in 2015.
● UA was relatively balanced in its offensive play selection, favoring passes on 52.7 percent of the snaps.
● Opponents outscored Albany 106-28 in the first quarter. The only period in which the Great Danes held an advantage was the fourth quarter (61-56).
● Elliot Croskey, the team’s second-leading rusher last year as a redshirt freshman (141 carries, 523 yards, 4 TDs) would have been the top returning back this season. However, he was suspended from the program and subsequently transferred.
● D.J. Crook led UA passing last year, completing 53.4 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and eight TDs.
● Zee Roberson and Brad Harris led Albany receivers, combining for 869 yards and four touchdowns over 11 games.
● Lance Leipold’s Buffalo team returns 15 starters (6 offense, 8 defense, 1 special teams from a team that finished 5-7 (3-5 MAC) last year.
● Four-year starting quarterback Joe Licata is one of the Bulls’ key graduation losses. Senior Grant Rohach is listed as this week’s starter.
● RB Jordan Johnson carried 172 times for 811 yards with 12 TDs in 2015.
● Marcus McGill totaled 50 receptions for 581 yards and four scores last year.