Its the game we’ve all been waiting for… CU (2-2) travels to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on the Baylor Bears (2-2). The game marks the first Big XII conference game for both teams.
Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world, is coming off two straight wins against college football powerhouses SMU and Sam Houston St.. Running back Rashad Armstrong has been averaging 106 yards per game ranking him 3rd in the Big XII. Baylor’s QB, Aaron Karas, is also a threat to the Buff’s defense with a career total of 2953 yards passing.
The Buffaloes defense has been demolished in their last two losses against Washington St. (47-26) and Florida St. (47-7). In response, the coaching staff at Colorado has made some major changes on defense, most notable being the benching of starting corner back, Phil Jackson. Jackson’s position is going to be filled by Terrence Wheatley for the game on Saturday. The CB problem has been compounded by poor pressure on the quarterbacks; the Buffs have totaled three sacks in the four games they’ve played. If the Buffs don’t stop the long passes and pressure the the QB, it could be a very long, embarassing day for Colorado. Note: Jeremy Bloom has apparently practiced enough on defense to be listed as 3rd on the depth chart for one of the CB positions.
Colorado’s Game Plan
Offense:

  1. Establish the run. With Bobby Purify out because of a severe high-ankle sprain, Brian Calhoun will get most of the carries on Saturday. The running game is Colorado’s bread and butter and if they can’t get it going, the season is doomed.
  2. Protect the QB. Erik Greenberg sustained a concussion against FSU and will need extra time to deliver the ball effectively.

Defense:

  1. Stop the long pass. Baylor is going to pass the ball often to try and exploit the Buffs’ weak secondary. Limit them to short completions.
  2. Sack the QB. Don’t give the Bears enough time for their receivers to get open.
  3. Tackle. I don’t even want to know how many missed tackles the Buffs have had this season.

Special Teams:

  1. Fix the kicking game. The field goal and extra point team have been terrible. This MUST be fixed to have a solid game against Baylor.

Misc Notes
The game kicks off on Saturday at 10:30 MT and will be televised on FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. This is the 13th time the two teams will have played, with Colorado owning an 8-4 lead in the series. The Buffs have won the last 5 straight, including shutouts in the last two seasons.