Colorado DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe is so good, he can sack a QB and force a fumble just by miming a tackling motion from 5 feet away. Watch out Jeff Tuel/Connor Halliday...
The Washington State Cougars (2-1) will play host to the visiting Colorado Buffaloes (0-3) this Saturday at Martin Stadium. Last week, the Cougars were able to stave off a late comeback from the UNLV Rebels and the Colorado Buffaloes were absolutely trounced by Fresno State 69-14 in a game where CU was down 35-0 after the first quarter.
Date/Time: Saturday, 9/22 at 1 p.m. PT.
TV: FX (Channels - DirecTV: 246, Dish Network: 136, Time Warner Pullman [HD]: 760, Xfinity Seattle [HD]: 665)
School: University of Colorado, Pac-12 Conference, Official Team Site.
Season-to-Date: The Buffs are off to a woeful start, one that has many football prognosticators saying Colorado may be among the worst teams ever. They opened the season with a heartbreaking loss in Denver to cross-state rival Colorado State 22-17. In week two, they returned home and lost a game many considered to be a sure-thing against Sacramento State from the FCS Big Sky conference 30-28. Last week, the Buffs played a road game against Fresno State and didn't even come close, losing 69-14. Many fans see this game against Washington State as their last opportunity to stop an 0-12 season.
Coverage: SB Nation's Colorado blog Ralphie Report.
Head Coach: John Embree, 3-13 record into his second season at Colorado.
Coordinators: Eric Bieniemy (Offensive) and Greg Brown (Defensive).
Key Offensive Players: QB Jordan Webb. A junior transfer from Kansas, Webb comes to the Buffs with plenty of experience. He started 19 games at Kansas throwing for over 3,000 yards and 20 TDs. In that time he also amassed four wins and threw for 20 interceptions. So far this season, he's thrown for 389 yards and four touchdowns with only two interceptions (He's only been sacked ten times too!).
RB Christian Powell. The freshman running back has done the bulk of the work on the ground for CU so far this season. Projected as a fullback entering the season, Powell has carried the ball 46 times gaining 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Key Defensive Players: DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe. Colorado has only been able to sack the quarter back six times so far in the young season, and Uzo-Diribe accounts for half of those. The junior was 38th on the list of sack leaders in Colorado history entering the season with nine.
LB John Major. The team leader in tackles so far this season, Major is one of only two seniors listed on the top of the defensive depth chart. Major was a second team pre-season all Pac-12 pick this year and Phil Steele ranked him as the 39th best outside linebacker in the nation.
For everything leading up to this Saturday's matchup from a WSU perspective, stick with us here on CougCenter. For everything from the CU perspective, check out Ralphie Report.