Colorado football travels to the University of Washington Saturday to take on the Huskies.
Last week, the Buffs suffered a 22-point loss against the University of California Los Angeles Bruins after a close score in the first half. The Buffs came out fighting at the beginning of the game, but lost momentum and let the Bruins take over, eventually winning 45-23.
Head Coach Mike MacIntyre saw the UCLA game as an improvement for the team in terms of getting past its Pac-12 woes.
“Well, for a while there, we couldn’t get to that wall,” MacIntyre said. “Now we’ve got to that wall so that’s an accomplishment. So now we’ve got to get over it.”
This weekend the Buffs will face a Huskies team that excels at both rushing and passing. They’re currently 5-3 overall, 2-3 in the Pac-12 and ranked No. 22 in the nation in rushing yards at 218.1 yards.
Their success can be largely attributed to junior running back Bishop Sankey, who is the nation’s No. 3 rusher with an average of 145.3 yards per game and ranked No. 4 in rushing touchdowns with 12 total.
MacIntyre recognized Washington’s offensive talent in a press conference earlier this week.
The Buffs head into Saturday’s game with a 3-5 overall record and a Pac-12 record of 0-5. They’re No. 99 in the nation in rushing yards with 128.6, but come in at No. 54 in passing yards with 249.1.
Throughout this season, the Buffs have had the most success against rushing teams such as Colorado State University, University of Central Arkansas and Charleston Southern University. The Huskies can certainly run the ball well, but they also rank in the top 25 in passing. Senior quarterback Keith Price has led Washington, No. 23 in passing in the nation, with 283.3 total yards.
Buffs’ freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau considered last week’s game an improvement but said that he “let it slip and misread something here and there.”
“I think that I need to go through my reads more quickly, get it to the open guy, and make the right checks,” Liufau said.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 network.
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