Oregon - Colorado TV viewer guide
Game day: October 5, time TBD
Stadium: Folsom Field – Boulder, Colo.
Oregon - Colorado TV information: Pac-12 Networks
Story lines: If you’re a Buffs fan and don’t want to relive 2012, don’t read the next couple of paragraphs. While Colorado’s 1-11 campaign in 2012 could very well turn into a blessing in disguise depending on how Mike MacIntyre’s tenure turns out, there were some very painful moments to live through in Buffville, and perhaps none more painful than the beating Colorado took in Eugene.
Fresno State’s 55-point first half and 69-14 thumping of the Buffs was going to be tough to eclipse, but the Ducks one-upped the Bulldogs, literally, by pouring 56 on Colorado in the first 30 minutes en route to a 70-14 home victory over Jon Embree’s crew. As the score clearly indicates, it was all Oregon, all the time last year – the Ducks got out to a 14-0 lead before Colorado’s offense even touched the ball and racked up 447 yards of offense in the first half on the way to a 56-0 lead at the break. The eight-touchdown loss in Eugene was part of a four-week stretch in which the Buffs were outscored 219-37.
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While Colorado figures to be more competitive in 2013 with a more experienced Connor Wood and a healthy Paul Richardson, Oregon hasn’t gotten any worse with many of the key pieces returning to Eugene. So, where can the Buffs look for hope? A little Pac-10/12 history might bring a smile to the face of Mike MacIntyre: Stanford entered the 2007 season the lowest it had ever been, six years removed from their last bowl game and coming off a 1-11 campaign the previous year that had people wondering if Cardinal football was even feasible at the FBS level. In came a new coach for the new year, and while Stanford wasn’t too close to making a bowl game in Jim Harbaugh’s inaugural season, it did pull off one of the greatest upsets in college football history by beating Pac-10 juggernaut USC 24-23 at the Coliseum as approximately six-touchdown underdogs. And hey, Colorado already has a leg up on the Card when it comes to facing what could be their toughest opponent next season – the Buffs get the Ducks at home.
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That’s not to say Colorado will beat Oregon in 2013 (no predictions are made here on the Pac-12 Post), but an upset of this caliber has been pulled off before in this conference. When it comes to the more tangible factors that will determine this bad boy, however, the Buffs can build upon a solid running attack from last season’s defeat to Oregon. Barely anything went right for Colorado, but Christian Powell did run for 121 yards and two touchdowns, even if the vast majority of those yards and both of those touchdowns came in serious garbage time. With the Buffs being so young in 2012, the rising sophomore Powell will be looked upon to be a leader in the backfield in Colorado’s attack in 2013. Helping clear lanes for the ball carrier will be stout run blocker Stephane Nembot, an offensive tackle who looks imposing but acts kind.
There were plenty of highlights for the Quacks in last year’s meeting with Colorado, and they registered one of their biggest highlights of the season when De’Anthony Thomas had this amazing 73-yard punt return for a touchdown that was more like 100. He'll have plenty of company in the highlight-making department this year, and one of those guys who could keep serious company with the Black Mamba is freshman running back Thomas Tyner. The Aloha, Ore., native comes to Eugene after being ranked the No. 2 high school running back in the nation by Sports Illustrated. A 10-touchdown, 643-yard performance (on his 18th birthday, no less) may or may not have had something to do with that ranking.
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