- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

No. 8 BAYLOR (2-0) at BUFFALO (1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Baylor by 35.

Series Record: Baylor leads 2-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Baylor seeks to close busy season-opening stretch of playing its third game in 13 days before getting a break with next weekend off. Defending Big 12 champs, who beat Buffalo 70-13 last year at Waco, Texas, have won first two games by combined margin of 115-6, and have yet to give up a touchdown.

KEY MATCHUP

Baylor’s high-tempo, spread offense vs. Bulls’ suddenly porous defense, still seeking to find hard-hitting identity after losing star LB Khalil Mack, who was selected fifth overall by Oakland in NFL draft. Bears have scored 40-plus points in 27 of past 34 games, including 70-6 win over FCS Northwestern State last weekend. Buffalo coming off 47-39 loss at Army, a week after the Mid-American Conference program opened with 38-28 come-from-behind win over FCS Duquesne.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: Freshman WR KD Cannon, who had three TD catches of 81, 50 and 41 yards and finished with six catches for 223 yards all in the first half against Northwestern State.

Buffalo: Junior QB Joe Licata, who shrugged off three-interception performance to finish with 401 yards passing and school record five TD passes in falling short of rallying Buffalo back from 30-point deficit against Army.

FACTS & FIGURES

Baylor starting QB Bryce Petty is expected to play after cracking two small bones in his back in season-opening 45-0 win over SMU. … Bears’ offense didn’t miss a beat behind backup Seth Russell, who was named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week after going 16 of 25 for 438 yards passing and five TDs last week. … Bears have seven TD drives that have lasted less than 60 seconds this season. … Baylor will be without senior WRs Levi Norwood (wrist) and Clay Fuller (broken collarbone), while Antwan Goodley (quadriceps) is listed at 50-50. … Baylor marks the highest-ranked opponent to play at Buffalo, which has won past eight at UB Stadium. … Buffalo is coming off its second bowl appearance after ending 8-5 season,

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