Colorado Buffaloes vs. Colorado State Rams
Saturday – September 19 – 5:00 pm MT
Sports Authority Field – Denver
The “Colorado Civil War” is what this game is tagged. You have families caught between loyalty lines because of this rivalry. “This Rocky Mountain shoot out is the game of the year for both teams. It’s all about bragging rights for the year!” one player said. Denver Broncos Left Tackle Ty Sambrailo says, “If they pull together on the Rams offensive line, we can protect our 5th year senior quarterback”.
The Buffs have to establish the run. The Rams defensive line is unproven. There are no potential stars on the Rams defense and their rotation is horrible. They start five freshman and rotate another three. How can they stop the Buffaloes with so much inexperience across the board. Now, I’m not saying these kids can’t play, I’m saying that the youth can run with experience players. Talent can only take you so far. The Buffs can impose their will by running the ball and controlling the clock.
The Rams have a dual QB look with Nick Stevens and Coleman Key. Last season, Nick Stevens torched the Buffs in the second half. It was 10-7 and Buffaloes were up at half time and the bottom fell out of the game plan loosing by 14 (31-17). The Buffaloes will have to play mistake free football to win this game. Rashard Higgins, Kivon Cartwright, Xavier Williams and Joe Hansley are dangerous receivers and the Buffs corners will have their hands full Saturday night. But, the Rams offense can be stopped! Disrupt the quarterbacks by bull rushing the Rams inexperienced line. That’s they key.
Its easier said than done! The Buffs can pull this game out in the 4th quarter by controlling the clock, disrupting the Rams offense and limiting them to a few 3-and-outs. Buffaloes by 10.