The Colorado Buffaloes matched their 2012 win total after their season opener with a win over the Colorado State Rams. They beat that mark the very next week with a win over Central Arkansas that put the Buffs to 2-0 and riding high on the momentum off a pair of hard-fought victories. However, with flooding throughout the Boulder area, their September 14 game against the Fresno State Bulldogs was postponed indefinitely and they were on a schedule bye last week. With so much time off, can Colorado stay sharp on the road this week against the Oregon State Beavers?
Following their Week 2 win, there was plenty of reason to like the roll that the Buffs were on. Paul Richardson was leading the nation in receiving after back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. If he can top that mark again, he would be the first Pac 12 player to ever have three consecutive games of 200-yards receiving or more. His return to the field has breathed new life into quarterback Connor Wood and helped the Buffs play with a confidence they were missing for pretty much all of 2012.
Mike MacIntyre would like to keep that strong play rolling right along, long layoff or not. He’s undoubtedly been working hard to keep his group focused on the task at hand and not allowing the lull in games to dull his team’s preparation. If anything, MacIntyre will hope that the extra time gets his team over-prepared to play the Beavers. This may be as good a shot as any Colorado gets this season to make a splash in conference play and you can bet the Buffs are going to make the most of it.
Oregon State has been vulnerable defensively to start the season. Against the pass, the Beavers rank No. 109 in the country, allowing 287 yards per game through the air. Colorado has looked very good through the air so far this season thanks to the connection of Wood to Richardson and currently ranks No. 7 in passing offense, throwing for 370.5 yards per game. The Buffs have the stuff to turn this game into a shootout and when the offenses get rolling, it can quickly become anybody’s game.
Colorado will have to be mindful of coming out too wound up for this game and avoid making early mistakes due to rust. If they can do that, they have a good shot at keeping their early winning streak going and making a splash in the Pac 12 standings.