Preview: Buffalo at Baylor
Baylor University Bears: 2009 Record: 4-8 (1-7)
The Baylor Bears have endured a tumultuous off-season thus far due to the conference expansion talks. They were almost left in the dust by in-state programs Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech as well as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. After finishing 4 and 8 with a 1 and 7 record in Big-12 play last year, the Bears look to rebound in the 2010 season and be a factor in the always tough Big-12. In 2009, Baylor had relatively high expectations that came crashing down as soon as starting quarterback Robert Griffin tore his ACL in the year's third game. Griffin is the heart and soul of the Baylor offense, and looks to build upon a career that saw him accumulate 2091 passing yards with 15 TDs (to go with only 3 picks) as well as 846 rushing yards in his freshman season. With Griffin returning as well as 13 starters, Baylor looks to get on the winning track early in the season against Buffalo and help end a 15 year bowl drought.
University at Buffalo Bulls: 2009 Record: 5-7 (3-5)
With head coach Turner Gill departing for the Kansas job, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn takes over as Buffalo's head coach. He will try to help the program build upon a 5 and 7 record as well as a 3-5 finish in the MAC conference. After Quinn took over, however, starting quarterback Zach Maynard left the program. The Bulls will be anchored by their defense as they return 9 starters to that unit. Look for experienced defensive backfield, considered among the best in the MAC conference, to team with DB Davonte Shannon and the rest of the defense to contain Robert Griffin.