COLORADO BUFFALOES, ROSE BOWL, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 4:30 p.m.
Just when you thought that this would be a relatively easy game, as these Buffaloes from Boulder have been struggling in their new conference and are entrenched with the Pac-12 Conference’s worst record…
Them beating Arizona for their first ever Pac-12 win, combined with UCLA getting beat up by Utah, changes things a bit as the Bruins’ upcoming game against now 2-9 Colorado, their final one at home this year, may not look quite as easy as it once did.
That will especially be the case if Rick Neuheisel’s team plays the way they did against the Utes, committing penalties and turnovers and making all kinds of mistakes.
If they want to right the ship, gain bowl eligibility, and secure a winning record in the conference, absolutely and positively must not take the Buffaloes lightly and play a hell of a lot better brand of football on Senior Day at the Rose Bowl.
If the Bruins have any pride, they will perform better; I’m looking for them to do so.
Colorado’s biggest weapon is running back Rodney Stewart, who ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona. Tyler Hanson is an up-and-down quarterback, but he is capable of hurting a defense, too, throwing two TD passes against the Wildcats.
Stewart will be a concern for a Bruin run defense that has given up at least 200 yards in six games this season. If UCLA is going to win, they will need to make Rodney Stewart look like Twilight’s Kristen Stewart this Saturday.
Some Interesting Notes: Colorado first year head coach Jon Embree was previously on the Bruins’ staff and is the father of UCLA wide receiver Taylor Embree.
And wide receiver / kick returner Josh Smith played two seasons in Boulder before transferring to Westwood, not to mention the fact that Neuheisel was Colorado’s coach from 1995-1998, so this will be a reunion of sorts.