Oregon State Beavers vs Colorado Buffaloes Preview

The Colorado Buffaloes are off to a good start and looking to improve to 2-0. Photo Courtesy: John Martinez Pavliga
The Colorado Buffaloes are off to a good start and looking to improve in Pac-12 play.
Photo Courtesy: John Martinez Pavliga

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Game Info
Oregon State Beavers vs Colorado Buffaloes
Saturday – October 1 – 1:30 p.m.
TV: Pac-12
Folsom Field – Boulder – Colorado

Let’s be honest… a lot of Buffs fans are surprised with how the team is playing. No one would ever think that the team would be 3-1 at the beginning of the season. I predicted a win over Michigan. But the guys ran out of gas in the latter part of the 3rd quarter which led to their only loss this season. Let’s take a look at Saturday’s contest against the Beavers of Oregon State.

Offense
Sefo Liufau is the motor that keeps the Buffaloes going. His play at the time of his injury last year kept them in difficult games. It’s the same this year. He’s the best player on the team because of his desire, heart and will to win. His 768 yards passing and six touchdowns with no interceptions speaks volumes. Junior Running back Phillip Lindsay has five rushing touchdowns, but only 248 yards this season. The Buffs have to establish the run against Oregon State’s defense that allows 278 yards on the ground. Junior Wide out Devin Ross is Sefo Liufau’s favorite target. He has 25 receptions for 355 yards and five touchdowns. He will get big numbers against Oregon State defensive backs. Mark my word the Buffaloes will expose the defensive backs this week.

Defense
Stopping the Beavers offense won’t be a challenge. The Buffs defense plays a heady style of pass rush and they like to clog the gaps. Darrell Garreston has passed for 453 yards and three touchdowns. He’s due for a break out game. He’s very dangerous but hasn’t gotten on track. Sophomore running back Ryan Nall is a work horse on the offense. He has 176 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns. On any giving Saturday, a losing team can turn their season around for the better and change the fortune of a winning team for the worse. Let’s see what both teams plan for this contest.

My Prediction
It’s clear that the Buffaloes are the better team across the board. But, anything can happen! I see this game as a pretty close contest from start to finish. Final score: Buffaloes 24 – Oregon State 21