Kent State coach Paul Haynes is looking forward to the second half of his team’s schedule that will feature Mid-American Conference opponents.

“Right after that [Louisville] game, we told our guys we’re in MAC play now against teams that are like us, and we’re excited to get it started,” he said. “It’ll be good for us to get back home.”

Up first for the Golden Flashes (1-3) is the University at Buffalo (2-2) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Dix Stadium.

Last year’s 44-20 win at Buffalo was one of the team’s three wins and junior offensive lineman Stefano Millin said that the team would love to have a repeat of that performance in front of the home crowd.

“We’re excited, especially to be [home] opening with a team like Buffalo,” Millin said. “Last year, we handed it to them pretty good at their place. The last couple years, at least since I’ve been here at least, the road team has gotten the victory.”

The Bulls come into Saturday’s game on a two-game winning streak averaging 33.5 points. Offensively, sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson has thrown for 733 yards and three touchdowns and has tossed only one interception. He’s rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns as well.

Coach Lance Leipold is in his third season at Buffalo following eight seasons at Division II Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he compiled a 109-6 (53-6) record and won six national championships in seven appearances.

Haynes spoke highly of the success that Leipold has had at Buffalo.

“Lance does a really good job,” Haynes said. “You look at their staff, [they’re] a little bit removed but not far removed from Wisconsin in just knowing how to win and knowing how to build a program.”

Haynes said he still plans to play both George Bollas (Aurora) and freshman Dustin Crum at quarterback until further notice.