Colorado seek out Senior Day win over Washington: Week 12 football preview


Another conference opponent is gearing up to face the Colorado Buffaloes with bowl eligibility on the line. This seems to be a common theme in the final weeks of the 2021 football season.

Unfortunately, the Buffs (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) will be vacationing at home for the first time in Karl Dorrell’s tenure. But they still have the option of ruining their playoff dreams and creating havoc for others before December. They welcome the Washington Huskies to Boulder for a highly anticipated clash of former conference enemies.

The Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Pac-12) have been exciting to watch lately (but not on the field), mostly because of the Jimmy Lake saga that unfolded on the sidelines two weeks ago. . The now former UW coach was handed 13 games during his tenure at school after an altercation with linebacker Ruperake Fuavai in the Huskies’ loss to Oregon in Week 10.

“I recognize that ending a coach after 13 games is unusual, and frankly it certainly goes against my beliefs as an administrator,” Washington director of athletics Jen Cohen said during a press conference earlier this week.

“However, when I know something is wrong or something is wrong, I have an obligation to act. I hired Coach Lake in 2019 full of confidence and had high expectations and did everything I could to help him succeed. I’m really disappointed and sad to be here today for his second season. As a sports director I’m hired and I own it. “

Bob Gregory will be the Huskies’ interim head coach for Game 2 after Lake’s dismissal. The 58-year-old defensive coordinator followed Chris Peterson from Boise State to Washington in 2014 and was selected for Lake’s squad two years ago. This is the third Pac-12 school for Gregory since 1989, when he was an AG on the staff at Rich Brooks in Oregon.

The Huskies’ top-flight offensive offense has been non-existent this year. The squad are averaging 22.8 points per game, as well as 113.3 rushing yards per game, which is the second-worst in the conference. Lake sacked offensive coordinator John Donovan days before the loss to Oregon. Not much has changed, however, with Junior Adams calling the games for the Huskies’ offense. They are still one of the worst performing units with Dylan Morris throwing for 2,071 yards and 12 TD at 10 INT this season. Low offensive production is one of the main reasons Washington strives to stay alive every week.

Colorado hasn’t been much better either. The Buffaloes’ offense has found more consistency in recent weeks, but still struggles in key parts of games. Last week’s loss to UCLA is one example. The Buffs took a 20-10 halftime lead over the Bruins before going shutout with 34 unanswered points in the second half.

Brendon Lewis finished the game completing 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards. It was his fifth game this season without a touchdown and comes after two straight games with three scores apiece. Not a ton of offensive output, but Lewis took care of the ball and played relatively flawlessly. A total of three interceptions over the season and no game with multiple picks (T-5th, FBS). In fact, he’s made 68.6% of his passes in the last three games and hasn’t thrown an interception in the 84 previous pass attempts.

Washington’s defense will make or break its day. Like the Colorado, the Huskies have shown some quality football flashes by preventing opponents from running over them. But nonetheless, they lacked consistency. Washington ranks 112th nationally in rushing defense (204.8 yards per game) and allowed the majority of its rushing yards. Take that off and Washington is golden – and would be one of the best defenses in college football by far. The Huskies lead the nation against the pass, allowing just 136.3 yards per game, edging Wisconsin (155.7 yards per game).

From Dave Plati’s office:

Stats for the week: “1,715. That’s the number of snaps (out of 7,511) freshmen have had in defense so far in 2021 – or 22.8% of all games. And of those, 620 were real freshmen (freshmen). At UCLA, frosh has played 229 of 748 defensive games – 31% – and it could be in the last two games.

M. 300. Kudos to CU alumnus Dave Logan (’75) as he won his 300th game as a high school football coach last Friday night when Cherry Creek defeated Mountain Vista, 34-0 , in the second round of Colorado State 5A playoffs. Creek now qualifies for the quarterfinals to face Regis, as Logan pursues his 10th state title, his fourth at CCHS. He’s in his 29th season as a preseason football coach in the state and now has an overall record of 300-67 (an 81.7 winning percentage; he’s 99-24 at Creek). Logan, who has coached several current Buffs and dozens of alumni, got eight letters to CU, four in football as a wide receiver / kick returner and four in basketball as a forward as he was first class in 1972 when freshmen became eligible again. .

Colorado welcomes Washington to Boulder for its home final. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 PM MST from Folsom Field. CU’s 98th season of play in the facility was first named Colorado Stadium in 1924, according to CU Athletics.

Television: Pac-12 network

Radio: 850 KOA (Mark Johnson and Gary Barnett)

Odds: -6.5 Washington

Weather: 41 °, partly cloudy


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