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Texas vs Colorado Preview

Game Day Vital Info
When: Saturday, Oct. 15 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Austin, Texas (Darryl K. Royal Memorial Stadium)
Tickets: Fans can purchase tickets in the north end and east-side upper deck for $55 each at this website or by calling (512) 471-3333 or (800) 982-BEVO
Series: Tied 7-7 (Texas has won three of the last four meetings)
Last Meeting: Texas 31, Colorado 7 (2004, in Boulder)
Television: ABC

Austin Radio: KVET-AM 1300

Gameday Breakdown

Last year Texas racked up 326 yards rushing and four touchdowns en rout to a 31-7 victory at Colorado. Cedric Benson accumulated 141 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, while Vince Young picked up 68 yards on 15 carries. The defense was stifling, holding Colorado to 3 yards rushing and 221 yards overall.

What can we expect from the game this year? For starters, we’d be thrilled if Mack Brown would let Jamaal Charles rush it 32 times. Brown and Greg Davis have been rather conservative with their usage of Charles, and Mack Brown said once again in his Monday press conference that Selvin Young’s playing time will continue to increase. We’re not going to get overly upset while we’re blowing out opponents, but if this game is tight, we want Charles in there on nearly every down.

The Buffaloes are much better than they were last year, and Gary Barnett is still a fine coach. Colorado is averaging 197 yards per game on the ground and 262 through the air. Joel Klatt is hitting an astounding 66% of his receivers, a deadly accurate percentage. This is definitely an improved offense, and one the Horns will need to be well prepared for.

Enter: Gene Chizik. Just a year after leading Auburn’s ridiculous defense and helping secure a perfect season, Chizik is doing the same thing at Texas. The Horns defense is fifth in the country in total yards allowed (240), eighth in the country in scoring defense (13.4 points per game), and fourth in the nation in passing defense (138 yards per game).

Last week, we said something had to give: Oklahoma’s third ranked rush defense or Texas nation-leading rushing attack. We all know how that turned out. So, what about this week? Will Joel Klatt continue to have success or will the Texas pass defense shut down yet another opponent. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be Joel Klatt this week. The fact is, the Texas defense has been underrated this year, though that’s changing quickly.

As was the case for last week’s opponent, it’s going to be tough for the Buffaloes to score enough to win. The question, once again, then becomes, how much will Texas score? The short answer is: more than Colorado. I just can’t see Texas losing this game. The only real question is whether we’ll cover the 17 point spread. I already guaranteed it earlier today. Texas wins it, 37-10.

Inside the numbers
73—Total points scored by Colorado in the first and third quarters
20—Total points scored by Colorado opponents in the first and third quarters
6.6—Average yards per play on first down by the Colorado offense
288—Rushing yards per game by Texas (#2 nationally; USC is #1)
29.6—Points per game scored by Colorado this year
13.4—Points per game allowed by Texas this year
46.4—Points per game scored by Texas this year
14.2—Points per game allowed by Colorado this year

Klatt will be on his back more than a $10 Whore. -Adam
Vince for Heisman:

PS- whats the deal with brodie croyle getting so many votes, when i checked it was his 365, and vince in second with count em: 4.
Jamaal Charles' injury is reported to be "not serious." He'll be playing Saturday.
I'm a Buff fan, but I try to be objective.

I expect Texas to lead with thier passing attack against a somewhat suspect buff secondary rather than run into the teeth of the buff's doggone good run defense. At least at first...if Texas establishes the pass early they can run as much as they want.

Klatt has been good so far this season, but he needs a bit of pass protection to be effective. If Texas can get in his face in passing situations, it will be all over for the buffaloes passing game.

The CU running game seems to be predicated upon spreading the defense via a diversified pass attack rather than straight ahead smash mouth running up the middle, If CU gets into a situation where a failure of quick slants to the tight ends, quick passes to the wide out at the line of scrimmage, and so forth allow Texas to load up the box, look for the buffs to have difficulty running the ball. Back in the day, a team faced with that would line up with two tight ends, a fullback and tailback, plus a flanker/scatback, but I don't think that is in the buffalo playbook.

I predict CU will get three field goals (50+, 40+, and short yards), along with two touchdowns for 23 points. Texas will get three touchdowns and one field goal (one missed) for 24 points.

TX 24 CU 23

Rematch in the Big XII championship game.
The Buffs are my second team, I am an alumni, but I dont see this game being that close. Yes the Buffs can get fieldgoals from 50 yards + and will get a couple, but I don't see our offence getting 2 trips to the endzone at Texas. The game will probably end up 28 - 6. By the Big XII championship Colorado may come together enough to keep it close, but they are not there yet.
re: I'm a Buff fan, but I try to be objective - Anonymous
This is why fans shouldn't even try to be objective about our teams. It's just not in our DNA...

for instance:

...if Texas establishes the pass early they can run as much as they want.
OK, they've pretty much done exactly that against every defense they've played, including some tougher than CU's.

If Texas can get in his face in passing situations, it will be all over for the buffaloes passing game.
Again, something they've been able to do in every game...

So basically, he says that if Texas does exactly what it's done all year long, they'll run roughshod over CU's defense, and CU's offense will be utterly helpless against UT's defense...

then he predicts a 1-point squeaker...
A 1 point game? You must still have some of that Rocky Mountain High Resin fogging up your objectivity. Without repeating all the statistical reasons why the horns will win, we need to remember this is also a home game. Like last week, I am betting my entire sportsbook.com account on the horns covering the spread - double or nothing.
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