UB’s top 10 games to attend this fall semester
A guide to the fall semester in Athletics
There’s no doubt that attending sporting events are a big part of the UB experience. Buffalo’s athletic programs are on the rise across the board and the better the teams the more fun it is to attend the games. Here’s your guide to fall athletics, with 10 games you won’t want to miss.
UB vs. Albany, Football
If there is one game that every student from UB should experience at least once, it’s the opening home football game.
This game usually has the biggest turnout. The energy in the stands, especially in the student section, really makes you feel like you’re a part of this school. This year, UB will host fellow SUNY Albany, whom they defeated 51-14 last season. Another victory this year against Albany seems likely, and it should be a good time.
UB vs. Akron, Men’s Soccer
Last year, UB men’s soccer advanced to the MAC (Mid-American Conference) Championship game for the first time since 2007. Akron went all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Buffalo in a 1-0 nail-biter in the conference championship game.
This game will serve as a measuring stick for an improved soccer program led by reigning MAC Player of the Year, Russell Cicerone. Akron is a perennial top 10 team and a win here would put Buffalo on the national radar early.
UB vs. Kent State, Football
After watching the UB vs. Akron soccer game, the football team opens conference play against Kent State at home the next day. Last year, the football team beat Kent State 18-17. Students should definitely attend this game to avoid the cold weather that will accompany games later on in the season.
UB vs. Bowling Green, Women’s Volleyball
If you don’t attend the football game that day, you can attend the women’s volleyball game inside Alumni Arena. UB faces Bowling Green, who they had a 2-0 record against last year, beating them 3-1 in both matches.
UB vs. Western Michigan, Women’s Soccer
In 2014, the women’s soccer team defeated Western Michigan 1-0 in the MAC conference championship game. Last year, Buffalo faced Western Michigan in the MAC conference semifinals but lost to them 1-0.. The teams are now even, until their next match up.
UB vs. Western Michigan, Men’s Soccer
Last season the Bulls defeated Western Michigan 2-1 in overtime to advance to the conference championship game after losing to them 1-0 during the regular season. Head coach Stu Riddle was the coach at Western Michigan before he came to UB and brought Cicerone, who had committed with him to Western Michigan, to Buffalo. Considering their history, any matchup between these two teams is always one to watch.
UB vs. Central Michigan, Women’s Soccer
Last year in an amazing win over Central Michigan, the women’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals after a shootout. The 3-1 win against Central Michigan came in overtime during penalty kicks. This year, Central Michigan will be looking for revenge.
UB vs. Akron, Football
Last year, UB played Akon in Ohio for bowl eligibility and lost 42-21. This year, UB faces them at home and will be looking for that win against their divisional rivals.
UB vs. Akron, Women’s Volleyball
Divisional rivalries are what most sports fans live for. Last year, the women’s volleyball faced Akron twice in the regular season. They had a 1-1 record against them and this year they’ll try to be undefeated against their rival team.
UB vs. Miami (OH), Football
Buffalo’s weather will become colder around this time of year but that shouldn’t deter students away from attending the last home game for football. The football team will face division rivals, Miami, OH, which should be a good game. Last year, UB beat them 29-24 in a close game. This could be a pivotal game in the division. Be sure to dress warm.
Brian Lara is a sports staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org