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).
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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Key Players to Watch
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- Personalday-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.
- Lower Bodyday-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.
- Undisclosedday-to-day | questionable
Dye exited the last game with an undefined injury, leaving his availability for Oct. 19's contest against Washington unclear.
- Lower Bodyday-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.
- Kneeout for season | out
Cumberlander suffered a left knee injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- UndisclosedProb Fri | probable
Davis is expected to play Friday against Colorado despite an unspecified injury.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Verdell was lifted from the last game with a right ankle injury, but he is expected to suit up Friday against Colorado.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | out
Wilhoite has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he will return to action.
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Sami is dealing with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Washington State.
- Sternumout for season | out
Miller is anticipated to miss the remainder of the season due to an injured sternum.
- Groinday-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
- Ankleday-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.
- AbdominalOut indefinitely | out
Pursell is expected to miss an undetermined length of time after having surgery to remove his gallbladder.
- UndisclosedQues Sat | questionable
Harris has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Washington State.
- Shoulderout for season | out
Blackmon sustained a substantial shoulder injury, ending his season.
- AbdominalQues 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
|Johnny Johnson III||4||0||264||0||22||0||2|
|Thomas Graham Jr.||4||0||11||5||0||0||1||2||4||0||0||0|
|Haki Woods Jr.||3||0||1||0||0||0|
colorado-buffaloes-football Stats 2019-2020
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||4||0||66||0||9||1|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||4||0||226||0||17||0||2|
|Delrick Abrams Jr.||4||0||19||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||4||0||1||0||54||54|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0|