Team preview: Buffalo

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


There's no sugarcoating it. Buffalo has been one of the worst teams in the country since returning to Division I in 1999.

The Bulls have endured eight straight losing seasons and have lost 17 straight games on the road, dating back to a Sept. 7, 2002 win at Rutgers. The biggest problem has been the offense, particularly the passing game, which has hovered near the bottom of the NCAA statistical rankings for the last several years.

Despite what the numbers say, UB expressed its faith in coach Jim Hofher by giving him a contract extension through the 2006 season in April.

"Jim is the right man to lead our football program as we look forward to the continued improvement of our football team," said former interim athletic director Bill Maher, who left to become the athletic director at Canisius in July.