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Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks Preview and Predictions 10-11-2019


It's a short week for Oregon and Colorado as the 13th-ranked Ducks host the Buffaloes on Friday night. Both teams committed more than their usual share of mistakes last week, and it's been a point of emphasis in both camps with the quick turnaround.



Oregon was flagged for eight penalties for 85 yards in a 17-7 victory over California while committing three turnovers - one more than the Ducks had total in their first four games. "I mean you sit there and you try to think, 'well what led to this'?" Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Monday at his weekly news conference. "I've got to stop myself from trying to find a reason. (We just have) to do it better. We've got to coach it better, and we have to emphasize (eliminating mistakes) more." Colorado, meanwhile, didn't have a turnover Saturday in a 35-30 home loss to Arizona but had several defensive communication breakdowns that resulted in big plays for the Wildcats and were penalized eight times for a season-high 85 yards. "We just have to have more attention to detail (and) continue to emphasize discipline on and off the field," Buffaloes first-year coach Mel Tucker said after practice Monday. "Each guys has to focus in just a little bit more."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Oregon -20.5



ABOUT COLORADO (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12): Steven Montez, who ranks second in the conference in passing yards per game (292.6), upped his average versus Arizona, throwing for 299 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tony Brown stepped up with a career-best 10 receptions for 141 yards, but the Buffaloes still missed the explosive play-making skills of wideout Laviska Shenault, who sat out the contest with a core-muscle injury. Colorado also was without two of its top defensive players in defensive end Mustafa Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Chris Miller (knee) as its woes continued, surrendering at least 30 points and 440 total yards for the fifth time in as many games this season.

ABOUT OREGON (4-1, 2-0): Justin Herbert, ranked third in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency with 15 touchdown passes and one interception, helped the Ducks rally from a 7-0 halftime deficit versus Cal with a win-sealing 1-yard scoring pass to Jaylon Redd in the fourth quarter that also extended his FBS-best streak to 33 straight games with a TD toss. Leading rusher C.J. Verdell (277 yards, two TDs) left the game with a first-half ankle injury and didn't return, but Verdell was back on the practice field Monday and Cristobal said he "feels good" about Verdell's chances of playing Friday. Oregon's defense surrendered a touchdown for the first time since a last-minute season-opening loss to Auburn but still boasts top-10 national ranks in scoring defense (9.8 points allowed per game), total defense (261.4 yards), yards per play (3.9), opponent pass completion percentage (51.5), sacks (19 total) and interceptions (eight).



EXTRA POINTS

1. Oregon has won five of the six Pac-12 games with Colorado, but the Buffaloes prevailed 41-38 on the road in their last meeting in 2016.

2. Linebacker Troy Dye leads the Ducks with 29 total tackles, including five for loss, while safety Jevon Holland has 24 tackles and a team-most three interceptions, and freshman linebacker Mase Funa has notched a team-leading three sacks and five tackles for loss.

3. Without getting into specifics, Tucker said Monday he was "encouraged" with the progress the Buffaloes' injured players were showing, but expect most of the status decisions to come down to game day.




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Autzen Stadium
Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Capacity: 54,000

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Last Injuries

Oregon Ducks

  • Zach Emerson

    Personal
    day-to-day | questionable

    Emerson has sat out the last four games while dealing with an off-field matter. His status is unclear against Washington on Oct. 19.

  • Jacob Breeland

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Breeland exited the previous game due to a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Washington on Oct. 19.

  • Troy Dye

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dye exited the last game with an undefined injury, leaving his availability for Oct. 19's contest against Washington unclear.

  • Jevon Holland

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Holland was forced from the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will face Washington on Oct. 19.

  • Gus Cumberlander

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Cumberlander suffered a left knee injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Daewood Davis

    Undisclosed
    Prob Fri | probable

    Davis is expected to play Friday against Colorado despite an unspecified injury.

  • CJ Verdell

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Verdell was lifted from the last game with a right ankle injury, but he is expected to suit up Friday against Colorado.

  • Lance Wilhoite

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    Wilhoite has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he will return to action.

Colorado Buffaloes

  • Jalen Sami

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Sami is dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Washington State.

  • Chris Miller

    Sternum
    out for season | out

    Miller is anticipated to miss the remainder of the season due to an injured sternum.

  • Janaz Jordan

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jordan suffered a groin injury in the previous game, and it is undetermined if he will face Washington State on Oct. 19

  • Mustafa Johnson

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Johnson has missed the last two games due to an ankle sprain and a knee injury. It is unknown if he will be available for Oct. 19's contest versus Washington State.

  • Colby Pursell

    Abdominal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Pursell is expected to miss an undetermined length of time after having surgery to remove his gallbladder.

  • Jalen Harris

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Harris has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Washington State.

  • Mekhi Blackmon

    Shoulder
    out for season | out

    Blackmon sustained a substantial shoulder injury, ending his season.

  • Laviska Shenault Jr.

    Abdominal
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Shenault Jr. missed the previous contest with a core muscle strain. His status against Oregon on Friday has yet to be decided.

oregon-ducks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Tyler Shough 2 0 230.760 0 10 9 0 0 0 2 89
Justin Herbert 4 0 183.619 0 129 96 0 0 0 14 1127
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
CJ Verdell 4 0 231 0 54 2
Travis Dye 4 0 153 0 30 0
Darrian Felix 3 0 127 0 18 2
Sean Dollars 2 0 81 0 7 0
Cyrus Habibi-Likio 3 0 40 0 12 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Jacob Breeland 4 0 265 0 18 0 5
Johnny Johnson III 4 0 264 0 22 0 2
Jaylon Redd 4 0 149 0 17 0 3
Bryan Addison 4 0 110 0 8 0 1
Josh Delgado 4 0 86 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Troy Dye 4 0 19 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4
Jevon Holland 4 0 15 6 0 0 2 5 2 0 0 2
Isaac Slade-Matautia 4 0 12 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Nick Pickett 4 0 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Thomas Graham Jr. 4 0 11 5 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Adam Stack 2 0 0 0 0 7 7
Camden Lewis 4 0 0 2 0 15 15
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Travis Dye 4 0 6 0 24 119
Daewood Davis 4 0 1 0 33 33
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Justin Herbert 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Adam Stack 2 0 0 35 0 35 1 0 0
Blake Maimone 4 0 0 788 0 57 17 0 0
Brady Aiello 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bryan Addison 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
CJ Verdell 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jevon Holland 4 0 6 0 81 147
Haki Woods Jr. 3 0 1 0 0 0

colorado-buffaloes-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Steven Montez 4 0 159.310 0 134 90 2 0 0 9 1164
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Alex Fontenot 4 0 298 0 67 4
Jaren Mangham 4 0 163 0 39 3
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 66 0 9 1
Deion Smith 3 0 21 0 7 0
Steven Montez 4 0 16 0 17 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tony Brown 4 0 301 0 19 0 4
K.D. Nixon 4 0 295 0 17 0 1
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 226 0 17 0 2
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 110 0 11 0 1
Brady Russell 3 0 77 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Nate Landman 4 0 28 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mikial Onu 4 0 20 7 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
Delrick Abrams Jr. 4 0 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Aaron Maddox 3 0 17 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davion Taylor 4 0 17 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
James Stefanou 4 0 6 6 44 18 17
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
K.D. Nixon 4 0 5 0 38 147
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 1 0 54 54
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brady Russell 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K.D. Nixon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Alex Fontenot 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Alex Kinney 4 0 0 771 0 63 17 0 0
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jalen Harris 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jaren Mangham 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
K.D. Nixon 4 0 2 0 6 10
Dimitri Stanley 4 0 1 0 9 9