Week 7: Preview vs. Jacksonville

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis (@JJLII30)

Alright, lesson learned. This Butler team is a lot better than I thought.

The rushing attack for the Bulldogs came out with 253 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. That was something we haven’t seen all year.

Duvante Lane had a monster game with 99 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, while Anthony Scaccia added 2 more. The redshirt senior Sam Schrader also tacked on 1 more rushing touchdown to the total.

Will Marty stayed conservative, going 11-21 for 176 yards.

The defense also had a monster game, recovering 5 fumbles and forcing an interception. Xavier Colvin got his time to shine, sacking the quarterback twice and recovering a fumble.

The victory was a major confidence booster for the Bulldogs, as they had dropped their first 2 PFL games of the season.

Now it’s on to Jacksonville as the Bulldogs look to continue this momentum.

 

Looking at the Dolphins

Jacksonville comes into this game with a 4-1 record, and 2-0 in the PFL. They had a big victory against Marist in the 2nd game of the season, beating the Red Foxes 44-37. This is the first time they’ve seen the Bulldogs since 2014, where they took a 35-7 victory. They lead the all time series 8-2.

Redshirt senior Rylan Wells leads the Dolphins at the quarterback position. Wells is a dual threat quarterback, who became the first player in Jacksonville history to lead the team in rushing and passing last season. Wells has passed for 736 yards and 8 touchdowns, while rushing for 284 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.

The Dolphins are a run first team, and lead the nation in rushing offense with 318.6 yards per game. Redshirt junior running back Jamal Adjamah has contributed 4 touchdowns and 364 yards on the season, while sophomore Irvin Riley has 283 yards.

Defensively, backs Emon Smith and Griffin Garland are both tied for 12th in the nation with 3 interceptions a piece.

 

Predictions

This will be a good match for Butler. If the Bulldogs want to win this game, it has to start in the trenches. With a run heavy team, Butler’s defense has to fill the inside gaps with the defensive line. Look for Xavier Colvin to keep an eye on Rylan Wells at the linebacker position as well, as Wells can both pass and run. Butler also leads the PFL in time of possession, so if Duvante Lane can have another solid rushing game like last week, I can see Butler holding long possessions down the field and keeping the Dolphin offense off.

I learned my lesson last week, and I can’t stray away from Butler at home in this one.

 

Butler 21, Jacksonville 20

The game will be at 12 PM from the Sellick Bowl on Saturday, and can be found on the Butler Bulldogs Facebook live stream.

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