2018 College Football Team Previews: Bucknell Bison

Bucknell Bison
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Coach: Joe Susan (37-51)
Stadium: Christy Matthewson-Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 13,100)

CSJ Projections:
5th: Patriot
9th: Pennsylvania
94th: FCS
224th: Division I

2017 In A Sentence: Though Joe Susan’s Bison were able to engineer some dramatic Patriot League wins, a winning season eluded them with a 5-6 record that was oh-so-close to finishing above .500.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: Despite double-teams all year, DT Abdullah Anderson (42 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries) still cast a long shadow over Patriot League offenses all season.  This offseason he was signed by the Chicago Bears.

 

Key Player: RB Chad Freshknock was the team leader last season in rushing yards (525) and all-purpose yards (583), though he was a rotation back.  This year he should be more of a feature back in the Bison offense and will look to hit the 1,000 all-purpose yard plateau.

Fearless Prediction: Can the Bison get into the title conversation and finish over .500?  To do so they’ll have to navigate a challenging out-of-conference schedule with Penn, Villanova, Monmouth and William and Mary and establish an effective ball-control offense with Freshnock and returning QB John Chiarolanzio.  If they can win one of those tough out-of-conference games, that could establish them as title contenders.

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