Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes Game Preview

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If you’re a fan of the Oregon Ducks or Colorado Buffaloes, the season hasn’t gone how you expected. For Oregon, a playoff run hangs in the balance and seems close to fading away. Colorado exceeded expectations early, but stumbled as of late. Both need a win, but both can’t. If you like potential NFL quarterbacks, this game is for you.

Date: Friday, October 11th
Start time: 9:00pm CT
How to watch: FS1
Line: Oregon -21
Location: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, OR)

Colorado Buffaloes players to watch

QB Steven Montez
WR Tony Brown
S Mikial Onu
DE Mustafa Johnson

Oregon Ducks players to watch

QB Justin Herbert
LB Troy Dye
WR Mycah Pittman
S Javon Holland

Colorado Buffaloes keys to the game

  • Limit Ducks speed
  • Pressure Herbert
  • Give Montez time

Oregon Ducks keys to the game

  • Dominate line of scrimmage
  • Limit Montez deep passes
  • Hang on to the ball

Why Colorado wins

What Buffaloes team shows up on Friday? Right now, we’re not sure. Colorado’s capable of beating ranked teams, but they’ve also lost to Air Force and Arizona. One big key that helps them beat Oregon is winning the turnover battle. Oregon struggled to hang on to the football against Cal, but the Golden Bears couldn’t muster any offense to capitalize. Colorado has the firepower to score points, and creating turnovers puts them in a great position. The Buffs have force seven fumbles and picked off six passes this year, and can add to that total on their way to an upset. Laviska Shenault’s status remains an uncertainty, but Steven Montez and the

Why Oregon wins

Justin Herbert showed his potential last year, but we’re still waiting to see him produce at a high level. His performance against the Buffs determines the outcome. Granted, he was working with a depleted group of receivers, but now he’s getting guys back. Turnovers become vital for the Ducks, who most likely would have lost to Cal if the Golden Bears had any sort of decent offense. Reducing those turnovers limits the number of possessions for Colorado’s offense, who can score at the same rate as Oregon (if not faster). Herbert’s receiving NFL attention, but needs help around him to reach his potential.


Maybe Colorado just needs to play on the road. They’re currently 1-0 against ranked opponents on the road. They’ve lost their last two consecutive games at home. Once again, it comes down to turnovers. Oregon got lucky last week, and can’t afford to repeat that performance. Colorado’s offense is too lethal to afford those mistakes again, and getting Shenault back only strengthens the Buffs offense. OREGON 35 COLORADO 21