Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn: ‘Really, we have nothing to lose’ against Georgia

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said his Bulls team is going to have to focus on "out-executing" Georgia in all three phases of the game to be able to compete Saturday. (Photo from University at Buffalo)

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said his Bulls team is going to have to focus on "out-executing" Georgia in all three phases of the game to be able to compete Saturday. (Photo from University at Buffalo)

The Buffalo Bulls will come south to visit the state of Georgia for the first time in the school’s history as they meet the Bulldogs in Sanford Stadium. But it won’t be the Bulls’ first foray into SEC football.

Buffalo played Tennessee in Neyland Stadium last year, losing 41-10. It also played at Auburn in 2006, falling 38-6. Coach Jeff Quinn, speaking on the Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference call said it is the Bulls’ philosophy to take on at least one major college program every year. They actually played at both Penn State (45-24 loss) and Baylor (34-21 loss) in 2007. Of course, they do it for the money for their athletic department budgets and “to gauge where we’re at” against the best teams in the country, Quinn said.

The Bulls will bring 66 players — including 16 returning starters — to Athens on Saturday for a 12:21 p.m. kickoff that will be regionally televised on the SEC network. Five of those Buffalo players are from the state of Georgia. Following are some of the highlights of Quinn’s 11-minute session with reporters, all of them calling in from Georgia . . .

On playing Georgia in Athens . . .

“We’re excited and ready to play. This opening game on the road is a tremendous opportunity for our program and players and coaches, to compete against the No. 6-ranked team in the country and defending SEC East division champs in Georgia. . . . This is a Georgia team that has a tremendous amount of players an talent and they’re well-coached. They’ve got great balance on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Their quarterback [Aaron] Murray is one of the best I’ve seen — strong arm, very accurate, great decision maker. His offensive line gives him a lot of time to find his two main weapons, Tavarres King and Marlon Brown, both seniors. So our defense is really gonna have to step up and put some pressure on him and the ball when it’s in the air. And certainly be challenging with our run defense. Offensively, we’ve got to continue to create a well-balanced productive system. We’re continuously trying to run the ball with Bo [Oliver] coming back, and he’s had a great fall camp. I feel really good about him. Our special teams, we have to make sure we do a great job in that area. All three phases have to come together. We’re going to need all 66 we’re taking down to Georgia. I’m eager to see the guys compete and I’m excited about where we’re at.”

On his coaching points despite being a 37-point underdog

“We obviously want to go into this game basing our goals on execution in all three phases. Certainly when we talk about the consistency of our football team, to play against a quality-caliber opponent like Georgia is going to make for some difficult moments in the game. But our kids have got to dig deep . That’s a big part of this. Georgia does a great job of completing the deep ball. We’ve got to stay away from giving up a bunch of big plays. But really, we’ve got nothing to lose. We go down for the national exposure to play against a great team like Georgia. We know our focus is on this one particular game but also there are 11 other games. We’re always talking to our kids about competing for the Mid-American Conference championship. This opportunity to play a great-caliber team like Georgia is going to give us some insight on where we’re at, and also to be able to see some of our depth. All 66 guys are going to have an opportunity potentially to get in this game.”

On how last year’s experience at Tennessee might help . . .

“When you play against that caliber of a team, you know, well-coached, talented, our kids have an opportunity to see where they’re at in their development. This will be the third-largest stadium our program has ever competed in. . . . But these kids have had a taste of these types of games and opportunities. We have 16 returning starters back that were at Tennessee that will be playing for us at Georgia. I feel good that the maturity and development of our program is where we want it to be. Certainly it will be important to see how we rate against a  SEC team. We just want to play one play at a time and compete as hard as we can for as long as we can. Then we’ll see where it ends up at the end.”

Were the Bulls wide-eyed and overwhelmed at Tennessee? . . .

“They were excited. When you get a chance to play in against a storied program in a storied stadium, one that has a January tradition like Penn State, like Georgia, like all the great teams in the SEC, you go in there and think what a great opportunity it will be to go down there and play. That’s what it’s about. These kids and myself, we understand how to keep things in perspective. We play four non-league games this year as we do every year and our focus is to get ready to competed for the Mid-American Conference championship. When you play against some of the best-caliber teams, I think our kids realize that we’re not that far away. These kids understand that these games are played for a reason, to have that national exposure. It’s just an exciting experience for these young men. Certainly it will go down in the history books of our program as one of the great opportunities that we’ve had on our schedule. But we need to understand that it’s one of 12 and be able to come out of this one with every single starter feeling good about where they’re at and our back-ups. We’re going to give them a chance to get in there and compete just because it’s going top be a hot, humid day. I know with that. 12:20 kickoff it will be 85 degrees and some humid weather. Our kids are going to have to be locked in, all 66 of them need to be ready to compete.”

On facing Georgia’s over-sized, defensive front . . .

“Our offensive line is going to be challenged. Our tight ends, our running backs, our fullback, too. In the run game, I feel really good about where our development has been and our identity as far as being able to run the ball. But also, we’ve got to give our quarterback a chance to get the ball out of his hands. So we’ve got to continuously keep an eye on Jarvis Jones. He’s a great player, No. 29. If you put him in a lot of singled-up matchups with our offensive line and our backs, he’s going to win most of those battles. So we have to be very, very conscientious in our schemes and structure if we’re going to control the protections so our quarterback can get the ball out of his hands.”

On Georgia’s offense . . .

“Certainly we know the ball’s going to be in the air. We know Aaron Murray is a great quarterback and he has some big-time, play-making teammates that will go down field. So we just need to compete, just like we talk with our kids about. We need to out-execute and hold it together. We’re a Division A team and 92,000 people in there are going to be very, very antagonistic in regards to the hostility of that environment. But I feel good about this team. There are a lot of kids returning and they’ve seen a lot of things and they’ve been through a lot, they’ve grown closer together. They’re a determined group of men and they understand how important it is and Saturday will give us an idea where we’re at at this point.”

On confusion over Georgia’s personnel due to unresolved suspension issues . . .

“We haven’t really discussed that much. We know whoever they put out on that field is going to be very talented. Ball players are competitive and hungry to prove themselves. They list a number of tailbacks. I would believe all of them are going to get a shot to get in and play. But certainly when we look at this kind of situation, we’re dealing with our players and our focus is on our players and our coaches and how we can get better against a very talented football team. But whoever they line up is going to be an outstanding football player and they’re going to be competitive and we’ve got to be ready to play against whoever they put out there.”

On their top linebacker Khalil Mack being suspended for Georgia game . . .

“No question it hurts us. He’s been very disruptive. He’s one of our best players. But we’ve got to continue to move forward. We’ve got other guys like Willie Mosely and Ken Roberson. They’ve got to step up. It’s a great lesson our kids have to understand. When there’s a guy who gets hurt or is not able to compete in a game other kids have to be able to step up. We’ve got a mentality here where we say “next Bull in.” That happens. Georgia’s facing it and we’re facing. It’s going to be difficult., but we’ve got a lot of young men that are determined to go out there and prove their worth and they’re going to have to do that on Saturday. So they’re excited. We’ve had some very, very lively practices and competitive battles at each and every position. I feel good about where we’re at. We’ll certainly see where things are after this Saturday.”

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91 comments Add your comment

Cuz

August 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Think they lose though.

Cuz

August 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

That article was a load of “Bull” Chip.

Sorry, I could not help myself.

Big Boys

August 27th, 2012
2:38 pm

UGA has nothing to gain playing this game. McGarity is going to look silly if Dawgs go undefeated and don’t play for National Championship because of this patsy ass schedule. Wish I could get my money back. Ridiculous to get an email this morning begging to buy tickets, still not a sellout. Feels a lot like being a tech fan.

Henry

August 27th, 2012
2:39 pm

He knows his team will lose, and lose big. Buffalo is just coming down here for money. I know they really don’t expect to win.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

I really don’t think they expect to win, or even really compete for the game. I think what the Bulls are looking for is to compete in situational plays. Maybe get UGA in a couple of third and longs and get off the field kind of thing. Somethin to give them confidence going into the year. Either way, UGA wins big, but I hope the Bulls win their conference. Just makes UGA look that much better. Even if it is a medeocre coference, it’s better than beating a team finishing last in that conference. So, GO Dawgs, and good luck to the Bulls….after Saturday.

Frank Lane

August 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

His comments were not very illuminating. Just a lot of coach-speak. chip, good job trying to create something from nothing.

Jim

August 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

Enter your comments here

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
2:47 pm

Big Boyz, You should support UGA if you are a real fan regardless of the schedule. Besides, I think its a bit more difficult than many are giving it credit for. Remember, this is the SEC, which means any teams schedule is much more difficult than any ACC team or Pac 12 team. Remember, UGA has to play SC, FL, TENN, AU, and GT. These are all rivalries, and we have to play them each and every year. Rivalry games are strange, and strange things happen. Vandy will be at least tough. I don’t think UGA has a real shot at loosing any of these games except against SC if we play our best, but what if we are flat? You can’t peak but maybe 2 times per year. I hope that we peak against SC, and in the SEC Championship Game. I just hope we play solid the rest of the games. You have to remember, before you cast any other team off as “easy” or “should be a blow out win”, that the other team didn’t come to loose. They want to win, and I guarantee UGA will get every teams best shot this year.

ARdawg

August 27th, 2012
3:02 pm

Thanks Chip!
It wasn’t very enlightening or entertaining but, it was something and there can not be enough written about college football or the Dawgs. Especially this time of year. Bring on the haterz and trolls

Old Dawg

August 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

I don’t who the Dawgs are playing, I just want to watch some college football.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

AMEN Old Dawg!!!!! Let the BIG DAWG EAT! IT’S TIME TO HUNKER DOWN!

Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo Jr.

August 27th, 2012
3:10 pm

I believe this is our only loss this Saturday. We will lose to Buffalo, and then win them all. 11-1 baby

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

Loose to Buff? Noooo…Dawgs win easy on this one. Even if UGA doesn’t show up, UGA wins by at least 21. If Georgia plays good, they win by 30+

Sweet Home Alabama

August 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

Its bad to see where Georgia has gone.Once proud program now refuses to schedule to the top teams in conference.

Oh well ,get to sec championship game and we will put another Tide pasting on you.

Oh yea,its TIDE TIME BABY.ROLL………………………

dawgfan

August 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

I’m sure we’ll score 80 points and have 800 yards of offense (700 in the air) and all the Bobo apologists will point to it as what an outstanding job he’s doing.

If you read coach Quinn’s comments carefully it doesn’t sound like our running game is much of a concern to him.

gt4ever

August 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Here is hoping that the Bulls compete…. Not very likely… It could get ugly fast.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Sweet Home Alabama, you have just proven that your incestual background is true. How do you circumcise someone form Alabama? You hit his sister on the head! Hey, dumb ass, you don’t schedule your conference games idiot! They are scheduled in rotation by the conference itself. If you are going to complain to someone, complaine to Mike Slive…just so your ill educated mind can wrap itself around that…he is the Commissioner of the SEC. I can’t wait until you realize your team isn’t as good as you think this year. You guys lost a LOT of talent to the NFL, and have little experience to back it up. Talent yes, but no experience. You’ll loose at least 3 games this year, might even loose to Michigan.

Dawg Bite

August 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

Sweet Home, so you think UGA refuses to schedule the other teams in the conference do you? If you were a knowledgeable fan, you would know that UGA does not make their conference schedule, the SEC headquarters does that. We only make our non-conference schedule.Why not get your facts straight before you come on here spouting off about something that you apparently know nothing about!
You just look after your schedule and we can do the same with ours without your dribble!!

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:38 pm

AMEN Dawg Bite!

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

It’s too bad M.R. DUCKS can’t read, otherwise he might know he just got blasted.

how2fish

August 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

@Sweet Home Alabama lets do you guys play Western Kentucky or Western Carolina this year? Oh that’s right you play both of those power houses don’t you?? Glass house much moron?

NCDawgs Fan

August 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

I wish all you Dawg “fans” would quit complaining about who UGA is playing. There are those of us who do not live nearby anymore that would love to be at ANY game in Athens! Go see your team play….cheer them and and love being a DAWG!!!!!

GaTruth

August 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

Amen – Just kick the stinking ball off and let’s get the party started! Can you imagine if they didn’t start college football until MLB was wrapped up? 40 more games of watching the Braves streak up then streak down. You want baseball to be more popular? Change it to 120 game season, expand the playoffs to eight teams in each league, with 3 game series until you get to the NLCS/ALCS for 7.

Dawg-Gawn

August 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

@Sweet Home:

2011 SEC Championship Game, Dawgs were there… where was Bama?

Just be sure you can show up at 2012 SECCG…. Dawgs will be waiting on you!

Good luck against Meeeechigan in Dallas!

“The Chapel bell is fixin to ring”

“Our Team, Our Time, No Regrets”

“Fan-Up”

Believe in the “G”

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

No kidding NCDawgs Fan! I was in the USMC for seven years, and when I was stationed in NC at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, I would have killed to come down to see UGA play a high school team! These guys aren’t real fans. They are fare weather fans. As soon as UGA starts to go on a bad streak, they will be yelling for Mark Richts job, and bashing UGA. GO DAWGS! It doesn’t matter what your schedule is, it’s really hard to win every game!

McDawg

August 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

Vandy upsets USC

Lattimore is going to have a tough time running behind that O-Line

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
3:49 pm

You know McDawg, that’s a better pick than most would let on. First game of the year, unproven line, Vandy might just be overlooked. I bet it’s a tight one! But I have to give it to USC in this one…but maybe closer than people think. Maybe by 3 or less! Great game and Great KICKOFF TO THE SEASON! Thank god it’s football season!

McDawg

August 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

i’ll be watching

DIT

August 27th, 2012
4:06 pm

@gt4ever

Buffalo should not compete, but you never know where the mind set is with Mizzou coming up next week. Good luck against VT. I have y’all beating them by 10!

DIT

August 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

As nice as it would be with Vandy upsetting SC. I just don’t see that happening at all. SC runs awau with it in the 2nd half.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

DIT, you are most likely right, but college football is funny! My prediction for the SC game: SC 24 Vandy 13. For the UGA game: UGA 56 Buff 10…maybe 13 if they get two field goals in the first half. The seven is in the fourth quarter after UGA has their cheer leaders playing.

drbasic1

August 27th, 2012
4:10 pm

guys, I truly realize this is NOT a grammar blog, but for the love of all can you PLEASE learn the difference between “LOOSE” and “LOSE….

Haters concerned of the Dawgs schedule…….your simply jealous it is not YOUR TEAMS…..well, Tech always has an easy schedule, after all it is in the ACC..

Nick

August 27th, 2012
4:18 pm

Yeah BigBoys, because everyone knows ONLY UGA plays a patsy or two here and there.

Dweeb…

Lindsey

August 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

I totally agree with Dawg for Life and NC Dawg Fan, I am sick of all the complaining about who the Dawgs are playing, let just be grateful must of us on here can go see them play! Come out and support the team. 5 more days until kickoff, YEAH!!!

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2012
4:29 pm

“Loose” instead of “lose” is one of those word spelling corruptions that will eventually go in the American English dictionaries. It’s shocking how many bloggers make that mistake. Blame it on the teachers unions, poor parenting and cultural peer groups. Throw in Karl Marx for good measure. I’ll bet Hemingway never made that mistake.

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2012
4:31 pm

By the way, the movie “Foot Loose” was not about a disabling injury.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:35 pm

Delbert D. I do agree about the teachers unions, and apologise for making the mistake. I am currently attempting to get my degree in biology (thankfully not english). I am working on my teaching cert as well, and have no desire to join a union. People don’t realize that the teachers unions severely limit the dicipline which can be given. They virtually ensure that once a teacher has tenure, they can’t be fired regardless of what they do. If they are fired, sometimes it takes years to do so! When I found out about this, I was shocked and appalled!

jbraml

August 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

All the people complaining about the Dawgs schedule are either not true football fans or they are just plain stupid. UGA has nothing to do with scheduling conference games. They are scheduled by the SEC office. It is not UGA’s fault the Ole Miss and Tenn. are not very good this year. As far as the non-conference schedule is concerned, if you substitue Oklahoma, USC and Va. Tech for Buffalo, FAU and Ga.Southern and UGA finished 8-4 these same idiots would be calling for mass firings among the coaching staff. As a 45 year UGA fan I am sick of hearing. If you don’t like it find another team to follow.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

jbraml! YOU ARE RIGHT! GO DAWGS! If you don’t love Georgia, you aren’t a real fan!

G-Dawg

August 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

Wait to the SEC east puts a whoopn on the West..and we’ll see who’s scedule was easier!! Bunch of sore cooters!!

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

DFL – Good for you on the biology studies. I took a course in microbiology as an elective back in the day, and it was fascinating. Growing cultures in agar was like detective work.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

It is a lot of fun! English is a bastard language anyway lol! Did you know that phonetically, GHOTI spells out fish? LOL! So many rules and contradictions to rules. The whole i before e except after c…look at weird, totally ignores this rule…weird is weird!

Carolina on yo minds!!!!

August 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

Prediction….Jawja 21 Bulls 17… It don’t matter how easy the schedule for the mutts….USC is going to whip some puppy butt on our way to the National Title!!!!!

jbraml

August 27th, 2012
4:50 pm

As far a Alabama is concerned they are playing Western Carolina, FAU, and WesternKentucky. LSU is playing North Texas, Towson and Idaho. Arkansas is playing Jacksonville State, Louisania Monroe, Rutgers, and Tulsa. The mighty West.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Good luck carolina with your lack of offensive line and no qb. oh yeah…you lost your recieving threat too…only threatening at one spot is never good. you can double a reciever and stop the run pretty easy. Dawgs destroy the bulls then take care of business til SC and beat them by 3. SC has NEVER beaten UGA 3 years in a row. Not happening this year either.

Stiffneck

August 27th, 2012
4:57 pm

Gonna be funny watching the ole’ ball coach flinging his visor all over the field after Vandy upsets the chickens.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

Stiffneck, I really hope they do! I’d like to see vandy blow them out!

ARdawg

August 27th, 2012
5:05 pm

After a two year hiatus, Carolina will once again resume it’s rightful place in SEC lore. Irrelevant and just another of UGAs annual whipping boys. Sorry USCe, you’re a flash in the pan and your contribution to college football going forward with the ole bawl sack as a coach will be nil. VANDY 22 SC 10

Stiffneck

August 27th, 2012
5:07 pm

Dawg for Life – Vandy is tough at home, would not be surprised. UGA over the Buffalo Wings by 50.

Dawg for Life

August 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

True! Vandy will definately make this very close! …but we will put the wood to them! GO DAWGS!