Buffalo may be overmatched in Sanford Stadium on Saturday when it goes up against sixth-ranked Georgia, but it shouldn’t be overwhelmed by playing before some 92,000 fans.
After all, the Bulls played 11 months earlier in Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, where they lost 41-10 in a stadium that has a capacity of 102,455.
“This will be the third-largest stadium our program have ever competed in,” Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said Monday. “We’ve played Penn State, we’ve played Tennessee, we’ve played Auburn, Baylor. These kids have had a taste of these kind of games and opportunities. To have players that are returning — we have 16 returning starters back that were at Tennessee that will be playing for us at Georgia — I feel good that the maturity and the development of our program is where we want to be. Certainly it will be important to see how we gauge against a top SEC team.”
Georgia is a 37 ½-point favorite against a team that finished 3-9 last season.
“Certainly when we talk about the consistency of our football team to play against a quality caliber opponent like Georgia, it’s going to make for some difficult moments in the game, but our kids have got to dig deep and we’ve got to keep it close,” Quinn said. “They do a great job of completing the deep ball, we’ve just got to stay away from a lot of big plays, but really nothing to lose. We go down for the national exposure to play against a great team like Georgia. We know that our focus is on this one particular game, but also that there’s 11 games.”