Team preview: Buffalo

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)


The talk of the town when it comes to football in Buffalo has always centered on a certain NFL team that lost four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s.

The times could be changing in Buffalo. The Bills haven't been to the Super Bowl since 1994. And the team known as the Buffalo Bulls has started to win some games.

A five-win season -- the most in the school's Division I-A/Football Bowl Subdivision history -- and a share of the MAC East Divisional title has the Bulls creating a stir in the region.

"There's no doubt about it, we've improved," said Turner Gill, who was chosen the MAC Coach of the Year.

"We've got people excited about the program and we've made some progress.

"People are talking about the Buffalo Bulls now, not just the Buffalo Bills."

With 10 starters back on offense and eight more on defense, the Bulls are looking to keep that buzz growing this season.

The Bulls planted the seeds for optimism with a 4-3 finish to the 2007 season. After starting the year 1-4, with non-league losses to Rutgers, Penn State and Baylor, UB seemed to find itself once the schedule rolled into MAC play.

The Bulls picked up consecutive wins over Ohio and Toledo to get things started and finished the month of October 3-1. The lone loss was against Syracuse, which scrapped together a 20-12 win.