The Colorado Buffaloes face the Oregon Ducks in a Pac 12 matchup that can have playoff implications. The Buffaloes are 2-5 but the Ducks are 6-1 and hoping to reach the College Football Playoff if they can win the remainder of their games. The Buffaloes are looking to pull off the upset and the upcoming game should be a good one as a result.
Colorado has struggled offensivelyThe Buffaloes only have two wins this season and the offense has been the primary struggle, scoring only 15.1 points per game. Quarterback Brendon Lewis has struggled under center, completing only 54.8 percent of passes for 792 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing three interceptions. The hope is that the run game can lead the offense with Jarek Broussard and Alex Fontenot emerging as a strong rushing duo with a combined 523 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The offense has struggled but the defense has played well, allowing only 20.7 points per game. Linebacker Nate Landman has patrolled the middle of the defense with 63 tackles and four passes defended while safety duo Mark Perry and Isaiah Lewis are making plays at the second level of the defense, combining for 75 tackles. In addition, the secondary limited opposing passing attacks with cornerbacks Mekhi Blackmon, Nigel Bethel Jr., and Christian Gonzalez combining for seven passes defended and an
Oregon hopes offense can continue to dominateThe Oregon Ducks are looking to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time since the 2014 season and they have the offense to lead them there as the Ducks are scoring 33.9 points per game. Anthony Brown is having a great season under center with a 62.3 completion percentage for 1499 passing yards and eight touchdowns while Johnny Johnson has emerged as the top pass catcher with 245 receiving yards and a touchdown but the run game has led the way, averaging 197 yards per game on the ground. Travis Dye has 562 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while CJ Verdell and Anthony Brown have combined for 724 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
In addition to the offense playing well, the defense has also stepped up, allowing only 22.4 points per game. Pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux is one of the best defensive players in the nation and has four sacks and 22 tackles while linebacker Noah Sewell has made plays at the second level with 63 tackles, three sacks, and two passes defended. Moreover, the secondary is led by safety duo Verone McKinley III and Bennett Williams who have combined for six interceptions and four passes defended and have made it tough to beat the Ducks deep.
- Buffaloes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Buffaloes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Buffaloes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
- Buffaloes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on FieldTurf.
- Buffaloes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.