North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Live Stream: Momentum will be key as Bulls and Golden Flashes meet on Thursday night riding very different streaks. As the final quarter of the season begins for the North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Live, both teams enter Week 12 on markedly different trajectories.
Buffalo arrives at Dix Stadium as winners of three in a row, while three straight losses by a touchdown or less have Kent State needing to win out to reach six wins and secure bowl eligibility.
In a division where defense isn’t always great, the Bulls are at the top of the heap. They’re allowing the least points per game in the MAC (22.3) and in their last three games, they’ve been even better. In their last three games, they have allowed opponents to score 34 combined points (11.3 per game).
Matt Myers started the season as QB1 but he got hurt and is out for the season. He was only completing 46 percent of his passes and had a 1-3 record against FBS teams. Sophomore Kyle Vantrease took over and he’s been an improvement, going 3-1 with five touchdowns, a 61 percent completion percentage and just one pick.
Kent State’s record won’t wow you, yet when you dig deeper they’re not as bad as their record indicates. When they’re playing equal competition (non-Power-5 teams), they’re 3-3. None of these three losses were by double figures and two were by just one score.
There are only two college football games on Thursday this week and ours, Buffalo at Kent State, will be the first to kickoff. The game will broadcast on CBS Sports Network and is a chance for Buffalo (5-4) to become bowl eligible. Kent State (3-6) needs to win out in order to become eligible for a bowl game. Kickoff for the MAC rivalry game is set for 7:00 P.M ET.
Buffalo has dominated the rivalry recently, winning four of the last five meetings. Last year was especially bad as the Bulls whooped the Golden Flashes by a 48-14 final score. Buffalo held Kent State to just 183 total yards while posting 478 themselves.
ACtion has returned. The Bulls and Golden Flashes square off in week two of the annual MAC midweek tradition. This game features a matchup of teams heading in opposite directions. Buffalo still has an outside shot at a division title, needing to win all three of their remaining games and hope for two losses from Miami (Ohio). Kent State needs to win out in order to get bowl eligible for the first time since 2012.
Buffalo (5-4) leads the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 22.3 points per game. The Bulls are getting hot at the right time having won three straight games, including a 43-14 beatdown of Eastern Michigan last week. Jaret Patterson has carried the load offensively for Buffalo with 995 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this season. Taylor Riggins has been a star on defense and leads the MAC with six sacks this season.
Kent State (3-6) has dropped three straight games after a 3-3 start and is danger of missing out on the postseason. Dustin Crum leads the team in both passing and rushing. The junior has thrown for 1,601 yards this season and 12 touchdowns with just one interception. Isaiah McCoy has been a dangerous weapon on the outside and is fifth in the MAC in receiving with 525 yards this season.