What Channel Is the Buffalo-Toledo Game On? NFL Draft Prospects To Watch

The second Tuesday night MACtion game features a showdown between the Buffalo Bulls and the Toledo Rockets. Where can you watch the game?

We get a doubleheader of Tuesday night MACtion this week, with the Buffalo Bulls taking on the Toledo Rockets right after the Northern Illinois-Central Michigan game kicks off.

Buffalo opened up its season with a four-game losing streak but has rattled off wins in three of its last four games to sit at 3-5 and 3-1 in conference play. Buffalo took down Kent State 24-6 last weekend.

Toledo has rolled through opponents this season. After narrowly losing their opener to Illinois 30-28, the Rockets have ripped off seven straight wins to sit at 7-1. While they aren’t ranked, they have a great opportunity to make a statement on a national broadcast this week.

What Channel Airs the Buffalo-Toledo Game?

Buffalo @ Toledo

  • Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Channel: ESPN2
  • Odds: Toledo -15.5
  • Over/Under Total: 51.5

Buffalo’s offense hasn’t found much success this season. The Bulls haven’t gotten a lot on the ground this season and are relying on quarterback Cole Snyder to shoulder the load through the air. Snyder has over 1,500 yards passing and 12 touchdowns to seven interceptions this season.

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To his credit, he’s spread the ball around. Eight different receivers have double-digit targets this season. However, they’re going to have to be more balanced against this Toledo defense.

Toledo is allowing the second-fewest completions and yards and is tied for first in the MAC in passing touchdowns allowed. The Rockets challenge receivers and do a good job of shifting looks in the secondary to confuse quarterbacks.

Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell is a fast riser up draft boards, and deservedly so. The 6’1 200-pound corner has blazing speed and can play on an island in the slot or outside at corner. Mitchell is tied for first place in the MAC with nine pass breakups and hasn’t allowed a touchdown yet. With his speed and production at 6’1, Mitchell is an enticing prospect for evaluators and could be one of the first cornerbacks drafted this year.

They rarely blitz, often just sending four rushers, as they’ve not needed to blitz. Toledo is third in the MAC in pressures and sacks. Linebacker Terrance Taylor is ninth in the MAC in pressures, while Jeremiah Peters is tied for ninth in the conference in sacks.

Buffalo will have to come after Toledo on the ground and find the rushing attack. Toledo is eighth in the MAC in yards per rush allowed and is giving up the third-most rushing yards per game. While part of that is the nature of teams having to run because they can’t pass, Toledo’s defense is 95th in EPA against the rush as well.

Linebacker Dallas Gant is one of the best in the conference and leads the team in stops. He’ll need to have a big game to lead Toledo to another win.

Toledo’s offense, much like its namesake, has been fireworks this season. Led by quarterback Dequan Finn, Toledo has been able to hit teams through the air and on the ground this season and is at or near the top of the MAC in every offensive category.

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Finn is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Boasting an excellent combination of arm talent and rushing ability, Finn has been one of the best quarterbacks in the Group of Five this season.

Wide receiver Jerjuan Newton leads the MAC in touchdowns with nine, and both Newton and Junior Vandeross III rank in the top seven in the MAC in receiving yards.

Toledo’s rushing attack is arguably even better than its passing game. Finn is a talented rusher in his own right, but running back Peny Boone is the star of that show. The Maryland transfer leads the MAC in rushing yards and touchdowns this season and is a big reason why Toledo is leading the conference in yards per rush (by a full yard!). Only nine players have more rushing yards than Boone nationally.

This Toledo offense can hit teams in different ways, and they have the talent advantage to make even the slightest mistake pay off. Buffalo’s defense hasn’t been able to make much of a difference, but Finn can’t be careless with the football. Bulls safety Devin Grant is tied for first in the MAC in interceptions, and Buffalo is third in the MAC in interceptions this season.

While there’s a reason Toledo is such a heavy favorite, Buffalo has played better football as of late. This doesn’t seem like a close matchup on paper, but this Tuesday night MACtion gives one of the best teams in the country a national audience, and we should see some offensive fireworks come alive in this one.

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