他们的对手，伊利诺伊州哈士奇斯（5-7,4-4 2019年的Mac），在硬币的另一侧。他们被选中到了在Mac West和11个整体上的死亡，只能在每个季前赛民意调查中获得比Akron更多的点。
Where:Huskie Stadium - Dekalb，IL
Weather:Clear and in the mid-50s at kickoff
Odds:Buffalo is favored by 10 points and UB has a 61.2% chance to win according to ESPN’s FPI
Most games have been blowouts but the last two have been much closer. Each was decided by a single point, with the Huskies claiming a 14-13 win in 2017 and come-from-behind victory in the 2018 MAC Championship Game in which the Huskies erased a 19 point deficit in the final 16 minutes of the game to win 30-29.
Buffalo has historically struggled in DeKalb. As a home team, the Huskies are 6-1 and have an average margin of victory of nearly 30 points (41-13). The last time the Bulls scored more than 14 points at Huskie Stadium Richard Nixon was president - 11/21/1970.
Largest margin of victory:
NIU: 73-10 (63 points), 2000
Longest win streak:
NIU: 12 games (1970-Present)
Buffalo: 1 game (1968)
Current streak (Last Meeting):
NIU - 12（30-29,2018）
Quick Facts (2019 stats):
Total yards: 388.5 (138.1 passing, 250.5 rushing)
Yards allowed: 292.0 (197.8 passing, 94.2 rushing)
Once again they’ll most likely use their ground attack as much as possible. And, with贾克特帕特森in the backfield, why not?!帕特森每次携带近6码，距离1799码和19架达到19码。他在过去的六场比赛中每一个赶到了140码，并在保龄球绿色的巨大一天，匆匆赶到298码，六码左右猎鹰队。寻找他这个赛季再次让大部分携带，并惩罚了他的速度和力量的结合。
初级四分卫Kyle Vantreasedidn’t have to do too much last season but he was very effective and efficient when called upon. He connected on 58.7% of his throws for 1193 yards and had eight TDs to just two interceptions. He also had six rushing touchdowns and can keep plays alive with his legs.
The offensive line is replacing three starters but should still be able to give Patterson/Marks some running lanes and protect.
在防守，布法罗吹捧了Mac中最好的防守行之一。泰勒里士斯和Malcolm Koonce.are beasts on the edge and combined for 21.5 TFL and 17.5 sacks last season.里士到was fourth on the team with 50 tackles while having a team-high seven QB hurries and three fumble recoveries.Koonce带着三个强迫摸头的球队，也有34个总铲球和五个QBH。
Jaret is not the only Patterson that has succeeded at Buffalo though. His fraternal twin brother,詹姆斯帕特森返回公牛的线卫。上个赛季，他大量达到了41次铲球，6.5 TFL，1.5袋，拦截，强迫摸索，四分卫匆忙。
Quick Facts (2019 stats):
Yards allowed: 386.5 (208.6 passing, 177.9 rushing)
We do know that seniorRoss Bowerswill be back as the starting quarterback. Bowers proved to be a better passer than the last few Huskie quarterbacks, throwing for 2130 yards last season, but a porous offensive line led to sacks, forced throws, scrambles, and even injuries. He finished the year with just seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
NIU did bring in a slew of QBs this offseason, four transfers and two freshman, that could see time if Bowers struggles or goes down with an injury.
在去年11月从NIU转移到RERE HARBISON后，Huskie Fans认为他们会看到约旦荨麻this year...but he opted out from this season and left a huge hole at running back.
哈士奇最有可能使用多个背部艾琳柯林斯可能是首选。Collins junior transfer, ran for 618 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Hutchinson Community College.
他们还增加了28岁格雷格佳糖who, after playing football and lacrosse for theDuke Blue Devilsfrom 2010-2013, spent the last six years in the US Navy as part of the Navy SEALS. He returns to college football for his final year of eligibility while he finishes his masters degree at NIU.
在次要的中，哈士奇丢了Mykelti Williams, Treyshon Foster,杰伦·麦凯西,Marshe Terry.和德文·哈尼。那些叶子狄龙托马斯as the most senior DB returning. Thomas, a cornerback, had 48 tackles, four pass break ups, and a forced fumble last season.
He’ll get help from transfer Woody Appolon, a 6-4 junior safety who had 30 tackles, 3.5 TFL, and an interception during the past two seasons at a pair community colleges in Kansas.
This is a great opportunity for the Bulls to break the streak against NIU.
Buffalo seems to have the more experienced team with plenty of depth while the Huskies will look to a lot of young players this season and hope to see them grow for the next few seasons.
But, with Buffalo most likely controlling the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense, it seems like the Bulls will get their first victory over NIU in 52 years.
Buffalo Bulls - 38
Niu Huskies - 21