The Colorado Buffaloes are gearing up for a daunting showdown as they get set to face reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and the explosive #8 ranked USC Trojans.
With the memory of a humbling defeat against Oregon still fresh in their minds, Colorado finds themselves in the midst of a challenging stretch against tough opponents.
Despite being the home team tomorrow, many are expecting the game to play out similar to Colorado’s disaster last week against the Ducks in Oregon.
USC’s head coach, Lincoln Riley, acknowledges the Buffs recent struggles but remains cautious about underestimating their potential.
Following a hard-fought 42-28 road victory against Arizona State, Riley is well aware that a team cornered can be a dangerous adversary.
“Very similar to what we just walked into right?” Riley said during an appearance on “Trojans Live.”
“Again, everybody wants to write the book week after week, and a lot of things change week to week. Whether they won by a lot, lost by a lot, or anything in between, we’re gonna see a good football team at their home, and those are always a challenge.”
Everything Lincoln Riley had to say on Colorado and Deion Sanders at his presser today. Was very complimentary, just as Sanders was to him:
“Seems to be very genuine, and certainly his guys have responded to that.” pic.twitter.com/DiBooE7lgO
— Luca Evans (@bylucaevans) September 27, 2023
While Riley maintains a respectful outlook on this Pac-12 matchup, it’s important to note that Oregon may have offered a blueprint for defeating the Buffaloes.
Colorado boasts a talented quarterback in Shedeur Sanders, but with Travis Hunter unavailable, questions arise about the Buffs defensive capabilities, offensive firepower and weaknesses on the offensive line.
USC is currently a 21.5-point favorite despite being on the road.
We all know Riley is going to say the right things publicly – and it’s true that overlooking an opponent is just about the worst thing you can do.
Having said that, do you expect the game tomorrow to be close?