The theme -- Buffalo specializes in causing negative plays. If the Bulls sniff out the direction of the play, it's probably not going anywhere. The Bulls have 50 tackles for loss in their seven games. Scoring wise, they have been pretty erratic. They allowed 49 to Ball State but only 10 to Ohio and seven to Temple.
Key players -- Kareem Byrom was an Preseason All-MAC cornerback, but hasn't done much this season. Although he's second on the team with 56 tackles, Byrom has only broken up one pass and has no interceptions. The real thunder in the defense comes from linebacker Larry Hutchinson, who is third in the conference with 10 tackles for loss. Defensive lineman Trevor Scott frequently penetrates the line, as well. He has 9.5 tackles for loss.
How Akron can score -- Like Temple, Buffalo's defense doesn't have a particular strength or weakness. I really think the Zips need to throw downfield more, like against Western Michigan. So what if Chris Jacquemain throws a few picks? What is really the difference between an interception 30 yards down the field and a 35-yard punt? Bryan Williams, as always, needs to play his best to suck in the defensive backs.