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No. 110: Buffalo

It’s not necessary to go into great detail explaining how Buffalo won the MAC title back in 2008, because the answer is simple: the Bulls won because they had a multiple-year starting quarterback in Drew Willy, a senior; the MAC’s best running back in James Starks; the MAC’s best receiver in Naaman Roosevelt; one of the most opportunistic defenses in all of college football; and the ability to win games in the fourth quarter. The first four qualities are simple, at least, if difficult to replicate – if not impossible for Buffalo to replicate on an annual basis. The final positive, the ability to stay calm and cool in the eye of the storm, has everything to do with confidence: Turner Gill was somehow able to convince one of the nation’s weakest programs that it was supposed to beat teams it had failed to beat with any consistency since joining the MAC in 1999. This achievement is Gill’s lasting legacy with the Bulls.

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    No. 111: Buffalo

    Say one thing for Buffalo in 2010: in the past, 2-10 would have been greeted with a shrug. While it’s not quite met with indignation these days, last fall’s slide was greeted with frustration, which is a start. In other words, Buffalo has won, and the fans like the way it feels. That’s a big first step for a program that has experienced nothing but heartbreak and disappointment for decades. Think of it as the development of a program: losing is step one; unexpected success step two; consistent success step three; unexpected excellence step four; consistent excellence step five. Buffalo mastered step one, experienced a taste of step two but needs to pass the next significant hurdle, that of winning with consistency.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.