Liberty at Buffalo Prediction - College Football Picks 9/16/23

Buffalo Bulls (0-2) vs Liberty Flames (2-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 pm (UB Stadium)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Bulls +3.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Bulls will host the Liberty Flames for a non-conference matchup this weekend from UB Stadium. 

Liberty Flames Preview

Liberty enters at 2-0 after defeating New Mexico State in Lynchburg, 33-17. The Flames shut the Aggies out in the second half of last week’s contest, and they’ll now travel for the first time this season. Through two games, the Liberty offense is scoring 38.0 ppg, while totaling 489.5 yards per game, gaining 285.0 ypg through the air, and rushing for 204.5 ypg. 

Liberty Player Notes

Kaidon Salter had a strong performance in the win over New Mexico State, passing for 276 yards and accounting for four touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush). The sophomore quarterback will come into this contest with some momentum, and he’ll look to prove himself here on the road this weekend. Salter has passed for 419 yards with four touchdowns, and he’s rushed 125 yards and two more scores.

• Wake transfer Quinton Cooley surpassed the 100-yard mark in the win over NMSU, and he leads the team with 184 rushing yards.

• Junior CJ Daniels tallied a personal-best 129 yards receiving against the Aggies. 

• The Liberty defense held BGSU to 2/12 on third downs, while allowing 328 total yards.

 

Buffalo Bulls Preview

Buffalo comes in at 0-2 after falling to Fordham at home. The Bills dropped their home opener to the hard-nosed, Bronx-based Rams in a shootout, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight defeat this weekend. Through two contests, the Buffalo offense is scoring 27.0 ppg, while passing for 229.5 ypg, and gaining 109.5 ypg on the ground.  

Buffalo Player Notes

Cole Snyder played very well against Fordham despite the result, protecting the ball, and passing for 265 yards and three scores. The senior quarterback also played well in their matchup with Wisconsin, and he’ll look to get the Bills in the win column soon. Snyder has passed for 459 yards with five touchdowns to no interceptions.

Mike Washington Jr. and Ron Cook Jr. effectively split the touches right down the middle in the backfield. Washington leads the team with 109 yards and two scores, while Cook has 103 rushing yards. 

• Senior wideout Marlyn Johnson scored twice and surpassed the century mark against Fordham.

• Fellow veteran Cole Harrity has caught five passes in both contests, and he’s second on the team with 104 yards.

Corey’s Free Pick

Buffalo can smell a win, and after coming so close twice, I believe the third time will be the charm for them. The Bills aren’t studs defensively, but they do possess a well-rounded offense, with a quarterback capable of making winning throws. Buffalo was in over their head facing Wisconsin, and with the Fordham loss behind them, they’re worth a shot as underdogs here. Spot the Bills the points for this non-conference battle.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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