Colorado Vs. Texas A&M: What You Need To Know
COLORADO (1-0) vs.
NO. 5 TEXAS A&M (1-0)
KICKOFF: 1:31 p.m, Empower Field, Denver (76,125)
TV, RADIO: The game will be televised by Fox with Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (color commentary). KHOW (630 AM) will carry the broadcast with Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson on play-by-play, Gary Barnett providing color commentary and Andy Lindahl from the sidelines.
ON THE INTERNET: The game can be heard on the internet at CUBuffs.com or via the KHOW (khow.iheart.com). Live statistics and a continuously updated in-game blog will also be available at CUBuffs.com.
THE COACHES: Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell is in his second year at the Buffs' helm. Last year's Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Dorrell is 5-2 at CU and 40-29 overall as a head coach. Jimbo Fisher, in his fourth season at A&M, is 27-10 with the Aggies and 110-33 overall in 12 seasons as a head coach.
THE SERIES: Colorado leads the all-time series 6-3, with the first meeting coming in 1995 and the next eight from 1996 to 2009, when both were members of the Big 12. The Buffs won the last meeting, a 35-34 victory in Boulder in 2009.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: A victory would give CU its first win over a top-five team since 2007, when CU knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma.
LAST OUTING: The Buffs opened their season last week with a 35-7 win over Northern Colorado in Boulder. The Aggies opened with a 41-10 victory over Kent State in College Station, Texas.
TEAM LEADERS: The Buffs are led offensively by reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Jarek Broussard, who last week ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Freshman QB Brendon Lewis threw for 102 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 44 yards, and wide receivers La'Vontae Shenault and Montana Lemonious-Craig each caught two passes for 23 yards.
Defensively, returning All-Pac-12 linebacker Nate Landman had four unassisted tackles in the opener while cornerback Mekhi Blackmon had five tackles and an interception.
The Aggies have two quality running backs in Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane, both of whom surpassed the 100-yard mark last week. Wide receiver Ainias Smith had eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Aggies got two interceptions from Leon O'Neal, including one for an 85-yard touchdown return. Linebacker Aaron Hansford had eight tackles, and the Aggies recorded five sacks.
KEY MATCHUPS: Colorado's defensive line vs. A&M's offensive line. If the Buffs can contain the Aggies on the ground, it will force A&M to the air and give CU a chance to dictate the tempo. Aggies QB Haynes King has a big arm, but also threw three interceptions last week.
UP NEXT: The Buffs return to Folsom Field for an 11 a.m. meeting with Minnesota (Pac-12 Network).