Tomorrow night, Colorado will face the best offense that they’ve seen all season when they travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks.
That’s not to say that the past few weeks have been easy. In their past three outings, the Colorado defense has faced Arizona State (23rd nationally in total offense), UCLA (top 25 nationally in rushing, passing, and total offense), and a very talented USC offense with Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee.
Through the first seven weeks of their schedule, Colorado is giving up nearly 500 yards per contest (112th nationally) and 43 points (119th nationally), and has also allowed 133 plays of over ten yards (119th nationally).
With this week’s game coming against one of the highest powered offenses in the country, head coach Jon Embree was asked how they are simulating Oregon’s speed.
“You can’t. We don’t have, we only have a couple fast guys anyway. It’s not like we have a plethora of them to put out there to simulate that.”
“But the tempo of the offense, I think we’ve done a good job simulating that.” Embree said.
The tempo tomorrow will be unlike anything that Colorado has seen so far this season. The defense has been on the field for an average of 71 plays per game, and Oregon is coming into the game averaging 83 snaps per game, and producing 51 points per game off of those snaps (2nd nationally). And if you’ve watched Oregon this season, you know any one of those 83 snaps can go for six at any moment.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm ET on the Pac 12 Network.