Colorado beat an in-state rival by two touchdownsto kick off the season last week, but the coaching staff is far from satisfiedentering Saturday’s home opener against Texas State. The concerns primarilycenter on the offense, which was outgained 397-345, gave up five sacks and twoturnovers and failed to score in the second half of the 17-3 victory overColorado State.
Tailback Phillip Lindsay’s 140 yards and a TD on19 rushes was the clear offensive highlight for the Buffaloes, who are breakingin a new full-time starting quarterback in sophomore Steven Montez. “There areso many little things we can improve on from the game that could have been bigthings for us,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre told the Boulder Daily Cameraearlier this week. “And there are things that we did in the game, that if wedon’t correct now, the next team will exploit. That’s why you improve so muchas a team from the first week to the second week because you can show them allthose things in real, live bullets.” Texas State, of the Sun Belt Conference,also enters the game 1-0 after overcoming a 9-0 deficit Saturday to beat visitingFCS foe Houston Baptist 20-11.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Colorado-35.5
ABOUT TEXAS STATE (1-0): The Bobcats are in theirsixth season at the FBS level and are in their second campaign under coachEverett Withers. Tailback Anthony Smith and senior quarterback Damian Williams,a transfer from Mississippi State, scored on the ground last week for TexasState and accounted for 249 of the team’s 290 yards of total offense. Thedefense, led by Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week Easy Anyama (five solotackles, two sacks, forced fumble, blocked extra point) limited HoustonBaptist to 59 rushing yards on 40 attempts.
ABOUT COLORADO (1-0): Montez is taking over forthe program’s career passing leader in Sefo Liufau and completed 21-of-29attempts for 202 yards, a TD and two interceptions against Colorado State. Inaddition to Lindsay, he has one of the nation’s top wide-receiver corps to workwith as upperclassmen Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo, Devin Ross and Jay MacIntyrecombined for 17 receptions, 175 yards and a TD last week. Defensively, theBuffaloes only brought back three starters but shut down a Rams’ offense which hadaveraged 53.2 points over its previous five games.
1. Colorado went 6-0 at home last season, winningby an average of 23.8 points.
2. The Buffaloes will have starting LT JeromyIrwin back on the field after the senior sat out the opener while serving a teamsuspension.
3. Texas State has played a Power Five team ineach of the last five seasons but has gone winless while losing by an averageof 32.6 points.
PREDICTION: Colorado 45, Texas State 8