By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Washington State Cougars
Saturday – November 21 – 9:45 p.m. CT
Martin Stadium – Pullman, Washington
The Buffaloes travel to Pullman to stop the surging Cougars on Saturday. Colorado leads the series 5 to 3. Last week after watching starting quarterback Sefo Liufau limp off the field in the beginning of the 3rd quarter left the Buffalo faithful speechless. Cade Aspay trots on the field and plays a decent game under center. Most sports fans are superstitious. They believe that teams follow patterns that give them an edge in some type of way. WSU head coach Mike Leach has never beaten Colorado at any school he’s ever coached at. Let’s see if the Buffs can keep this trend up on Saturday. Here’s the breakdown on this Saturday’s showdown in Pullman. WSU is 7-0 in their last 7 conference games, and 4-1 against teams with losing records.
Cade Aspay has to aggressively test the corner backs from WSU throughout the game. WR Nelson Spruce is one of the best in the PAC-12 and is second in the conference in catches per game. Cade Aspay will be looking his way, but spreading the ball around to the tight end and other receivers will give him the balance he needs to sustain long scoring drives. Running the ball is another factor on offense. The O-line has to open running lanes for Mike Adkins II. Protecting Cade Aspay will be another challenge for the offensive line because the give up an average of three sacks a game.
Washington State’s Air Raid Offense has been nearly unstoppable this year. The Cougars average 414 a game through the air. Stopping Luke Falk is the defense’s primary task this weekend. If you know anything about Mike Leach’s offenses, he believes in passing the ball. Luke Falk is the right guy for the job. Last week Falk was sidelined during the game with an concussion. After passing a concussion protocol he came back into the game and passed for 331. He finished the game on a last second touchdown toss with 3 seconds left. “He’s very dangerous!” Assistant Coach Jim Jeffcoat said. “He can strike at anytime.” The D-line has to contain the run, but the challenge will be outside coverage on the receivers. The WSU wide outs a versatile like USC’s.” Our corner backs are up for the challenge this week,” Coach Mac shared with the media. “Our kids are ready to play right now.”
Mike Leach is 0-4 against Colorado. I hate to go against Colorado in my prediction. I see the Buffs losing another game by 14 points. WSU is too strong on offense and the defense of the Buffs can’t stop Mike Leach’s high powered offense.