By The Prophet
Buffalo vs. Akron
This week’s “Banker” features a matchup in the Mid-American Conference, known by most as the MAC.
The University of Buffalo football program was a bit of a question mark going into this season
considering its loss of former Head Coach Lance Leipold, who has since departed to take the reins at
For a team that only returned 4 starters on each side of the ball & had to replace one of the most
successful coaches in program history the Bulls have surprisingly put together one of the better teams in
the conference. First year head coach Maurice Linguist has tried to instill a similar mentality as his
predecessor, at least offensively.
Buffalo has been known for having one of the more effective rushing offenses in the country over the
last few seasons & while the Buffalo backfield no longer features former All-American & current
Washington Football Team member Jaret Patterson, it’s still a top 25 rushing unit in the Nation. This
week that same offensive unit should be salivating considering their opponent.
Akron is dead last in the NCAA in rushing yards allowed per attempt at 6.22 yards per carry allowed. In
Akron’s most recent contest against Miami of Ohio the Zips run defense allowed 8.2 and 7.4 yards a
carry to Miami of Ohio’s top two running backs. I see no reason why coach Linguist & his staff wouldn’t
be targeting a very similar approach to this game, run, run, and run some more.
Again, this isn’t the exact same Buffalo team as the 2020 version that beat Akron 56-7 & rolled through
the MAC going undefeated until their eventual Championship game loss to Ball State. But this is still a
very good team with a physical athletic running game that will look to impose their will on the worst run
defense in the country. This is a potential slam dunk spot for Buffalo to come out against potentially
their weakest opponent on their schedule and make a statement. My Banker for this week is the
BANKER: Buffalo 1 st Half Team Total Over 16.5 at -144 (1.69)
BYU ML (-200) will be the first leg of this week’s “Two-Teamer” Parlay. BYU is coming off the back of two
consecutive losses for the first time in over two years and we’ll be looking to bounce back. They get a
Wazzu team that just said goodbye less than a week ago to their head coach as well as four assistant
coaches after the 5 men were terminated due to “failure to comply” with the states covid vaccine
This leaves a massive void for the Washington State football team who was coming off probably their
best performance of the season in a win over Stanford 34-31. Now that head coach Nick Rolovich and Co
are out of the picture, they will face the tall task of preparing for BYU with a fairly inexperienced group
of coaches. BYU already has three wins against Pac-12 opponents this year with those victories coming
against Utah, Arizona, and Arizona State.
In hindsight the Arizona State win was the most impressive of the season for the Cougars and it was also
the healthiest that BYU has been all season, which is no coincidence in my opinion. The last two games
for BYU they’ve had a not-so healthy QB Jaren Hall, who’s been recovering from a rib injury. He looked
better last game vs Baylor, but the Cougars couldn’t do enough to snatch the victory from the Bears in
Waco. He will by all accounts be at full strength this week and should have no trouble getting the victory
against a lower tier Pac-12 opponent who will be without 5 of its coaches including the head man.
For the second leg of this week’s parlay, I’ll be rolling with the Houston ML at (-550). After Houston’s
first loss of the season in Lubbock to the Big 12’s Texas Tech, they have since been mostly flawless. Head
coach Dana Holgorsen is putting a team together that is looking more like what we got used to seeing
from him when he was contending for Big 12 titles at West Virginia.
Explosive offense & surprisingly solid defense has been the name of the game for the Cougars this
season. Houston is looking more and more like one of the better GO5 teams as the season has rolled on
and gets a competitive but inferior opponent at home on Saturday in ECU.
ECU will have a solid offensive gameplan and maybe even keep up for a quarter or two, but in the long
run Houston will have too much offensive success and will get the stops when they need them and
should win comfortably. I’ll be parlaying the two for the following odds and hopefully cashing my ticket!
Parlay: BYU ML + Houston ML at -125 (1.8)