Buffalo Shuffle Could Be a Tussle


The most intriguing thing about the University of Buffalo’s football team is the name of its head coach.

Lance Leipold.

If the name sounds familiar to college football junkies of all levels, it should.

Leipold was 109-6 at  DIII Wisconsin-Whitewater and won six national championships in eight years. He made it to 100 wins in the shortest time of any NCAA coach, any division.


If that doesn’t tell you the man can flat-out coach, he supplied further evidence when he improved what had been a two-win Buffalo team to six wins last year.

Temple tried hiring a lower division legend in Bobby Wallace without similar success but it appears that the formula is working for the Bulls because the improvement indicates that Leipold is well on his way to having his system in place entering Year No. 4 at Buffalo.

If he’s able to make a similar improvement this season, this could be a very tough second game for Temple. His two top playmakers—quarterback Tyree Jackson and wide receiver Anthony Johnson—return.

Buffalo is dangerous because it was able to beat Lane Kiffin’s 11-3 FAU squad—a team many felt would have given Temple a much tougher bowl game last season than the other Florida alphabet school, Florida.

Jackson and Johnson were instrumental in that win and would like nothing better than performing well in the home stadium of the Super Bowl champions.

All of that said, Temple head coach Geoff Collins is paid very handsomely to hold serve at home against teams like Buffalo and reach up and win a game or two on the road against a team where the Owls are underdogs.

Still, don’t be surprised if it’s a much tighter game than the last time the Bulls visited, a 37-13 Temple win.

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9 thoughts on “Buffalo Shuffle Could Be a Tussle

  1. Simple. All we have to do is score more points than they do, lol. The coaching is key. Did the Owls coaches really learn from last year? Will they continue doing what they did in the 2nd half of last season or revert back to the dumbass Patenaude O schemes. But first they have to slam Nova. If that’s a tough game again, Buffalo will probably win in the next game. Doesn’t matter how much Collins makes, it’s game-day coaching guys.

    • This is where I agree with Mike. Temple pays Collins in excess of $2 million a year; the last salary I saw for Leipold is $335,000. They pay Collins for his recruiting connections mostly. Buffalo pays Leipold for his game-day coaching. Has Collins recruited enough in Year 2 to overcome Leipold’s game-day coaching? Collins must win this game to justify Temple’s financial commitment, otherwise the Buffalo coaching model is something Temple must adopt. Looks like Temple got the wrong small-division guy but it doesn’t mean another smaller division guy (JMU’s Mike Houston, for instance) can’t succeed more than Collins at Temple.

  2. If Buffalo pummels Delaware St in their home opener and we struggle vs Nova, then we will know a lot about the week 2 match-up. Let’s hope the opposite happens.

  3. Jackson is a dual threat 6’7 245 lb QB, with three of receivers back from last year . Bufallo is a dangerous team , that Temple should not overlook. Its going to be up to Thacker to try and stop Jackson. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of blitzing from Temple, in this game.

  4. Sounds like a great game. Another scuffle-o with Buffalo?

  5. George you kind of made my point – Collins big salary doesn’t automaticaly equate to good game-day coaching, altho we would think it should. Last year proves my point – it wasn’t Collins making Patenaude change QBs, it was an injury. Poor coaching last year lost us some games and didn’t change soon enough. But other things did get better, so again, I’m just hoping Patenaude’s role is limited. What happens on the sideline is what will win games, not bigger salaries proving there’s a reason Buffalo is just 2 places behind Temple in the rankings.

  6. He is also the same coach who went from 5 wins to 2 wins. He has some good pieces, but let’s not glorify a mediocre coach.

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