Buffalo might 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:”
FLORIDA: Will be without safety De’Ante “Pop” Saunders for the first two games of the season.
Coach Will Muschamp says Saunders will “sit the first two games right now.” Muschamp declined to say whether Saunders has been suspended, but the coach says the sophomore would have missed Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green anyway because of a hamstring injury.
MISSOURI: Tailback Henry Josey will not play this year after injuring his left knee in November against Texas.
Tigers coach Gary Pinkel says Josey is expected to make a full recovery. He says he saw Josey running during practice Sunday.
He led the Tigers with 1,168 yards rushing in 10 games last year, with quarterback James Franklin finishing second with 981 yards.
PENN STATE: The school is ditching Sweet Caroline from its Beaver Stadium game day playlist.
The university said dropping the 1969 Neil Diamond classic has nothing to do with lyrics that include “Hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you.”
“Absolutely no song changes were made based on lyrics,” university spokesman David La Torre said. “This song has come up on the list in recent years because it happens to be played in so many other professional and collegiate venues and has no real origination here at Penn State.”
TENNESSEE: The athletic department posted a $3.98 million deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year that forced it to use a substantial portion of its financial reserves, department officials said.
Although the athletic department made $106.5 million in revenues, it had $110.5 million in expenses. Those expenses included hefty buyouts to former athletic director Mike Hamilton, football coach Phillip Fulmer, men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and baseball coach Todd Raleigh. When Hamilton resigned in June 2011, he received a $1.3 million buyout over three years. Fulmer received a buyout of $6 million over four years after getting fired in 2008.