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Buffalo at Miami (Ohio): What bettors need to know

Buffalo Bulls at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (+24.5, 48)

The Buffalo Bills will likely be playing for top spot in the Mid-American Conference's East Division next week when it tangles with Bowling Green. But first, the Bulls will need a strong showing against Miami (Ohio) as they visit the winless RedHawks on Tuesday night. Buffalo is coming off a wild 51-41 defeat at the hands of the Toledo Rockets last week, while Miami (Ohio) fell to 0-6 in the conference - and 0-10 overall - with a 24-6 loss at the hands of Kent State.

While Buffalo is a heavy favorite against a team that manages just over 220 yards of total offense per game, the Bulls are wise not to look past this game after falling behind 38-0 against Toledo, then watching their stunning second-half rally fall just short. Quarterback Joe Licata was one of the lone bright spots in that one with 497 passing yards and four touchdowns. The RedHawks are playing out the string, having scored just one touchdown in their last three games.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU
LINE: Buffalo enters as a 24.5-point favorite, with the total set at 48.
WEATHER: Temperatures will approach the freezing mark with clear skies.

ABOUT BUFFALO (7-3, 5-1 MAC): Licata has shown plenty of promise as a sophomore, passing for 2,235 yards and 20 touchdowns. Last game marked a career-best in yardage for the native of Williamsville, New York, and he has thrown just one interception in his previous six games. Senior running back Branden Oliver ground out 102 yards against the Rockets, extending his streak of triple-digit rushing games to six while scoring for the the eighth time in four games.

ABOUT MIAMI (OHIO) (0-10, 0-6): There aren't many positives to glean from the RedHawks' performance on either side of the ball, but things have looked particularly dire on offense. Miami (Ohio) is averaging fewer than 10 points per game, with senior quarterback Austin Boucher throwing for just 1,036 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. The team is averaging only 2.6 yards per carry on the season, with a paltry three touchdowns on the ground.

TRENDS

* Bulls are 5-0 ATS against teams with losing records.
* RedHawks are 6-15-1 ATS in their previous 22 games.
* Under is 9-3 in Buffalo's last 12 conference games.
* Over is 5-0 in the last five meetings at Miami (Ohio).

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