Welcome to Week 8 and the midway point of the college football season, from here on out things will get very interesting as conference games become all that much more, rivalry games begin to kickoff, and where every week sometimes National title hopes are either one step closer or dashed completely out.
This is the time of year we live for, but it’s also one of the most important times of the year in terms of scouting, and with the Bills on the bye this week there is good chance they will be doing the same review session we plan to do over the course of this next week.
We have been able to confirm that the Bills scouts were either in attendance or expected to attend 21 games thus far this season heading into tonight’s Rutgers v. Louisville game where the Bills are reportedly going to be. They have seen 30 teams play so far this season and have seen a number of teams play 2 or 3 times thus far.
Here is the breakdown of who the Bills scouts have seen thus far this season;
One Game: Murray State, UC Davis, ECU, California, Colorado, Central Michigan, Fresno State, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Virginia, Rice, Baylor, USC, Auburn, SMU, TCU, Air Force, Notre Dame, Miami, BYU, and Rutgers
Two Games: Arizona State, Kentucky, UCLA, and Arizona
Three Games: Louisville, South Carolina, UNC, and Oregon State
Now some of this may be by coincidence of logistics and scheduling where a scout had to see a team for a second or third time simply because they wanted to see their opponent. However the fact remains that they have seen some of these teams multiple times and that cannot be overlooked or overstated.
As we move forward over the course of the next week in addition to our Film Room Breakdowns, our Prospect Previews and a new article next week on an under the radar QB at a BCS school we will break down each game the Bills scouts have seen and talk about who they were likely targeting and what players stood out.
Before we did that though we wanted to show our readers this breakdown and see if anybody noticed certain trends that stood out before this season began that seem to be holding true in our scouting.
For instance many of us noticed this offseason that we added a number of players from the University of North Carolina. We drafted Johnny White, and Da’Norris Searcy and then signed Zack Pianalto, and Anthony Elzy to come into camp and compete. Well in keeping with that trend the Bills scouts have also already seen UNC play three times this season including last week’s huge matchup with Miami.
Another trend that we noticed is that given both our head coach and general manager’s ties to the south eastern region we have looked at 9 teams in that geographic region, and four of the eight teams we have seen multiple times come from that region. It’s also interesting to note the other four teams are all west coast teams which would make sense given Buddy Nix’s time spent out there from when he was with San Diego.
Now does all this mean that we will definitely be able to deduce who the Bills are targeting coming next April? Not for sure but we feel confident that by following the trends, tracking the meetings and pro-days along with understanding the deficiencies this team still needs to address that we can come pretty darn close to picking the guy before he’s picked.
Stay tuned as we will take a look at who the Bills looked at and what they saw in weeks 1 & 2 later this week.