Washington State vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Washington State vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State (6-1) vs. Colorado (4-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 10:45 pm ET
Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
It’s the pick-up-the-pieces game for two programs in need of a really, really big game.
Washington State is fine – at least in terms of still being in the Pac-12 title chase if it can get back on track.
The Cougars might have been obliterated by Cal, but they still get to play Stanford and Washington, and they’re still deep in the hunt in the North – as long as they play a whole lot better.
It’s not an easy November to close things out – at Arizona, Stanford, at Utah and at Washington – and this might not be all that easy, either.
Colorado is truly desperate.
The Buff team that won the South last year and beat Washington State along the way has hit a wall. Not only did it struggle in three straight Pac-12 losses, but it was the only FBS team this year that had any issues against Oregon State, beating the Beavers 36-33 last week.
Lose this, and the pressure will be on to win two of the final four games to go bowling. Playing Cal at home is a must-win, road games at Arizona State and Utah are nasty, and getting USC at home won’t be a layup.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Can the Colorado defense crank up the pressure and bounce around Washington State QB Luke Falk like a ping pong ball? Can the D take a page from the Cal playbook after the Bears forced seven turnovers?
Despite the problems lately, the Buffaloes are being careful with the ball. Giveaways were a huge problem over the first month of the season, but there hasn’t been a turnover in the last three weeks.
The defense, though, isn’t doing too much to come up with big plays, but this is the week to give it a shot. The Buff secondary has been okay so far even without a whole lot of pressure from the defensive front – three of the six touchdown passes allowed came from Northern Colorado – but it’s time to sell out a bit to get to Falk.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
There’s no Colorado pass rush.
That’s partly by design, and partly because the playmakers aren’t there, but after cranking up nine sacks in the first three games, the Buffs have come up with just one in the four games of Pac-12 play.
Falk usually gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry – he was a decision-making disaster last week – but he should have a wee bit more time.
Colorado’s biggest problem? The run defense. Along with not generating a pass rush, the run D has gone bye-bye in the Pac-12, getting destroyed by Washington, Arizona and Oregon State. Even UCLA – who only ran for 95 yards and two scores – was able to come up with a key run when it had to.
Washington State obviously doesn’t go crazy with the ground game, but it can crank up a few big runs when it absolutely has to.
What’s Going To Happen
Washington State will come back roaring.
No, this isn’t a team full of “pathetic front-runners,” and it’s about to prove it with a much, much sharper game from Falk against a Colorado team that doesn’t have any defensive answers.
The Cougar defense will be terrific against the run, and the Buffs won’t have the passing game to keep up.
Washington State vs. Colorado Prediction
Washington State 37, Colorado 23
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