Jim Kendrick announced his "Buffalo Rangers" experiment, which turned the team into an exhibition from players from Texas and the Southwestern United States for the 1926 season. The team, while it was made up of players from Texas and Oklahoma, would then represent Buffalo in the NFL. Because most of the players were Texans, the team was nicknamed the "Rangers" in reference to the state's legendary peacekeeping force. Along with the West Coast's Los Angeles Buccaneers and the South's Louisville Colonels, it was one of three teams that represented cities outside the NFL's existing footprint. Kendrick believed that if the players have no outside interests or anything to divert their minds from playing football, they can play better. This was an 'experiment' for the new manager, and the season's outcome would determine if his theory was correct.
The Buffalo media alternately referred to them as the "Bison Rangers," combining the old moniker with the new so that fans might more easily identify the team that was on its third name in seven years. The one-year experiment brought a 4-4-2 (.500) season. Buffalo expected Kendrick to return to field the Rangers for the 1927 season, however Kendrick signed with the New York Giants, and most of the remaining players went their separate ways, citing their dislike for Buffalo's cold winters as the primary reason for not sticking around.[