Preview: Buffalo at Boston College

When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


Boston College will try to avoid looking too far ahead when it hosts Buffalo on Saturday in the second of four straight home games. The Eagles are coming off a 42-10 rout of Wagner last week and will host third-ranked Clemson under the lights at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 7, all part of a wacky schedule that took the team to Ireland, Virginia and nearby Foxborough before it finally settled in at home last week.

"When you start with a more challenging schedule and you have a higher percentage of that not coming out to be a win, then you can get sometimes into less of a momentum turn," coach Steve Addazio told reporters this week. "On the flip side of it, you can also uncover problems and developmentally pick them up. And it could help you." It certainly seemed to help last Saturday, when a Boston College team that was held to 124 yards in a 49-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 17 erupted for 490 against the Seahawks of the FCS. The Bulls enter the contest with momentum, too, after rallying from 14 points down to upset Army 23-20 in overtime last weekend. Boston College owns a 6-2 series advantage and won 41-0 in the previous meeting in 2006.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: Boston College -17.5

ABOUT BUFFALO (1-2): Redshirt freshman Tyree Jackson threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two scores to lead the Bulls back last week. Jackson - who is listed at 6-7 and 245 pounds - has yet to be sacked since taking over midway through the second quarter of a season-opening loss to Albany and has amassed 181 rushing yards (along with 433 through the air) in his two-plus games. Buffalo ranks second among FBS teams in pass defense, allowing 110 yards per game.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (2-2): Addazio said the team was focused on rediscovering its rushing attack and he had to be pleased to see the Eagles roll up 300 yards on the ground against Wagner. Jon Hilliman rebounded from a 10-carry, two-yard effort at Virginia Tech to gain 83 yards and two TDs, and Patrick Towles added two rushing scores to go along with two through the air. Towles did not throw an interception for the first time but will want to improve upon a completion percentage that sits at 49.4 through the first four games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Eagles WR Jeff Smith has three TDs among his six catches over the last three weeks.

2. Buffalo has committed 18 penalties, tied for 23rd-fewest among FBS teams, while Boston College has been flagged for 31, which is 109th.

3. The Bulls are 1-25 all time against opponents from power five conferences.

PREDICTION: Boston College 31, Buffalo 13

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Buffalo 1-2 W1 17.7 26.7 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0
Boston College 2-2 W1 20.5 20.8 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-2

Last Meeting

Buffalo Boston College
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/28/06 BUFF 0 BC 41 92 -12 104 349 207 142

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BUFF D. Willy 52.0 80 0 2
BC C. Crane 65.4 142 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BUFF J. Starks 9 1 0.1 0
BC L. Whitworth 10 84 8.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BUFF C. Upshaw 3 32 10.7 0
BC J. Ross 2 25 12.5 0
TDs Player TD
BUFF M. Abdo 0
BC C. Crane 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BUFF T. Jackson 52.6 433 3 2
BC P. Towles 49.4 572 4 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BUFF J. Johnson 50 218 4.4 1
BC J. Hilliman 68 241 3.5 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BUFF M. Schreck 11 147 13.4 1
BC J. Smith 9 182 20.2 3
TDs Player TD
BUFF T. Jackson 2
BC J. Hilliman 4

Quickchart Matchup

Buffalo Off vs  Boston College Def
343 yards
235.8 yards
4.7 yards/rush
2.4 yards/rush
5.5 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt
Boston College Off vs  Buffalo Def
319.5 yards
401 yards
4.2 yards/rush
5.3 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Buffalo Overall Boston College
1-2-0 W/L 2-2-0
1-2-0 ATS 1-2-1
1-2-0 O/U 1-3-0
17.7 Pts For 20.5
26.7 Pts Against 20.8
Buffalo A/H Boston College
0-1 W/L 1-1
0-1-0 ATS 0-1-1
1-0-0 O/U 0-2-0
14.0 Pts For 28.0
38.0 Pts Against 13.5