Who: vs. Buffalo
When: 12:21 p.m. Saturday
TV; radio: WPCH; 750, 95.5
Record: 3-9 (2-6 MAC) last season
Last time played: This is the first game between Georgia and Buffalo.
Offense: Running back Branden Oliver, a 5-foot-8, 202-pound junior, is the centerpiece of Buffalo’s offense. He ran for a school-record 1,395 yards last season and was named first-team All-Mid-American Conference. Junior Alex Zordich won the starting quarterback job this month; he was a backup last season after starting four games as a freshman in 2010. The top receiver is junior Alex Neutz, who had 641 receiving yards last season despite missing the final three games with an injury. Sophomore receiver Cordero Dixon, from North Gwinnett, is one of five Georgians on the Buffalo roster, two of whom start.
Defense: Junior linebacker Khalil Mack, a first-team All-MAC selection last year, is suspended from Saturday’s game after a reported altercation with a teammate. Sophomore linebacker Lee Skinner made 80 tackles last season. Senior defensive end Steven Means has 12 career sacks. Starting cornerback Najja Johnson, a junior, is a Marietta High graduate.
Special teams: Sophomore kicker Patrick Clarke was 6-for-6 on field goals, including three from 40-plus yards, after winning the placekicking job for the final three games last season.
What you should know: Buffalo is 0-3 against current members of the SEC, losing to Auburn in 2006, Missouri (then in the Big 12) in 2008 and Tennessee last season, all on the road. Georgia is a 37 1/2-point favorite.
Coach: Jeff Quinn is 5-19 in two seasons as the Bulls’ coach. A 27-year veteran of college coaching, he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Cincinnati before going to Buffalo.
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