Colorado State Fans Should Get To Know Colorado
Cozy up to the enemy as we ask the hard-hitting questions about Colorado.
Who are the Colorado Buffaloes?
The Colorado State Rams are 1-0 and head to Denver to face off against Colorado Buffaloes in the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday night.
We answered their burning questions about Colorado State, which includes our score prediction, so check those out as well.
1. The big question about Colorado is if they can maintain their success they had last year where they won the Pac-12 South?
– Maintain? Yes. Will they get back to the Pac-12 Championship game? I don’t think so. This offense returns basically everyone that played a major role in 2016, and yes, I would argue that even Steven Montez played a major role in 2016 as he led the Buffaloes to wins over Oregon State and Oregon. The over/under for this team is set at 7.5 by Vegas, and I think they get to eight wins. But defensively, this team is not as good as a year ago.<
2. Colorado State played a game in Week 1 but Colorado was able to scout the Rams. How much, if any, of an advantage do the Buffaloes get from having game film?
– I actually think it’s an advantage for the Buffaloes, but head coach Mike MacIntyre has talked on a couple of occasions to the media about how the Rams have the advantage because they’ve played in a game and CU has not.
MacIntyre added that if he would have known that CSU would play a week zero game, then he would have had his team do the same. But again, I do think it helps Colorado game plan as they have a full tape to review from the 2017 team, whereas CSU only has 2016 tape to review.
3. Colorado’s defense was really good last year but they return less than a third of that production, so what is their plan to slow down a running back group that goes four deep and a potential All-American in WR Michael Gallup?
– The Buffaloes lost nine starters on the defensive side of the ball, but the guys they return are pretty good. Tedric Thompson, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Chidobe Awuzie will absolutely be missed in the secondary, but Afolabi Laguda, Trey Udoffia, Ryan Moeller, and Isaiah Oliver are no slouches.
People are already speculating that Oliver foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft – that’s how good he is. The front seven is a question mark, but JuCo transfer Javier Edwards is a beast at his nose tackle position.
I also love what the Buffs have at inside linebacker with Rick Gamboa, and outside linebacker Derek McCartney is an unquestioned leader of the team. Watching Oliver battle with Gallup will be a treat.
4. What is the quarterback situation going to look like with Steven Montez now the starter as Sefo Liufau has graduated?
– Liufau was a fierce competitor for Colorado and his contributions to “The Rise” cannot go understated, but I am a huge Steven Montez fan. Liufau was such a powerful runner and dual-threat, but I believe that Montez will be significantly better throwing the ball downfield than Liufau. It also helps Montez that Colorado returns an experienced offensive line and arguably the best wide receiver corps in the country. I expect a huge season from Montez.
5. What is the biggest position group advantage that Colorado has over Colorado State?
– It has to be the Colorado wide receivers versus the CSU defensive backs. The Rams did a decent job against Oregon State’s passing attack, but this is a night and day difference.
When Colorado goes with four wide receivers and one running back, which I expect often, the Rams will have their hands absolutely full, and they can’t forget about Phillip Lindsay out of the backfield either. Devin Ross, Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo, Kabion Ento, and Jay MacIntyre are incredible receivers that the Rams will have issues accounting for. Also, the Rams didn’t get too much pressure on Beavers’ quarterback Jake Luton last week, and if they can’t pressure Montez, it will be a long, long day for CSU.
6. How do you see this game playing out?
– I expect a high scoring game but the Buffs will pull away midway through the third quarter. The Rams will certainly come out with fire, so it will be key for Colorado to manage their initial run. I like Colorado by two scores.
Colorado 45, Colorado State 31