Two of three remaining undefeated teams in the MAC will meet on Saturday when Buffalo plays host to Kent State on CBS Sports Network to highlight the network’s holiday slate. The action began Friday when Central Michigan used a wild, fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Eastern Michigan 31-23 in a battle of teams from The Great Lake State and concluded Saturday night when Navy hosts Memphis.
But the headliner arguably comes early on Saturday, when Buffalo and Kent State square off. The teams are tied atop the league’s East division standings at 3-0 at the halfway point of the MAC’s conference-only schedule, and they can ill-afford to lose if they hope to appear in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 18.
The projected point total of 68 suggests it will be a high-scoring affair as do the recent results of both teams. The Golden Flashes are averaging 52.7 points per game and 616 yards per game. Buffalo is averaging 44.3 points and a comparatively meager 461 yards per game.
Kent State vs. Buffalo
Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: Noon ETLocation: UB Stadium — Buffalo, New YorkTV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App
Storylines: After 11 losing seasons in 12 years, Kent State made it back to 7-6 last season under second-year coach Sean Lewis. Now Lewis has guided the Golden Flashes to a 3-0 start with some explosive offense. Kent State put up 69 points against Akron on Nov. 17 and 62 against Bowling Green on Nov. 10. That offense will be tested against a 3-0 Buffalo team that has yet to allow more than 400 yards in a game. The Bulls aren’t bad offensively, either, as they have scored 40 or more in all three of their games.
Memphis vs. Navy
Date: Saturday, Nov. 28 | Time: 7 p.m. ETLocation: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium — Annapolis, MarylandTV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App
Storylines: The high-flying Memphis offense could have a field day against a Navy defense that allowed a combined 88 points to SMU and Houston in its last two games. But the Midshipmen have not played since Oct. 31, so they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for the Tigers, who have gone through some defensive woes of their own. Both teams are 3-2 in the AAC and play vastly different styles, which should make this an entertaining battle in which defense will be optional.
Published: 2020-11-28 16:29:55
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