Run and Shoot: Colorado vs. Oklahoma

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Colorado vs. Oklahoma


Colorado opens up their Big 12 Conference play at home this weekend on a partly cloudy Homecoming morning. An hour before game time the Buffs are in their normal home colors with gold pants and black tops. Oklahoma, the No. 3 (AP) ranked team in the nation, won the last time they were in Boulder 34-20 in 2003 when they came in ranked No.1.

With national championship hopes directly in their sights and the annual Red River Shootout with Texas next week, Oklahoma can not take this lightly. The Buffs lost last year in Norman 24-3, but it was a closer game than the score shows. The Sooners had just a 10-0 lead going into the fourth quarter thanks to a strong CU defensive effort.

This year the Buffs have a more potent offense and will again look to their defense to keep them in the game against the country's third ranked offense. Oklahoma is averaging 562 yards per game, yet the Buffs are only letting up 19.2 points per game.

One aspect Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said he wants to see improved is the Buffs turnover ratio. Currently the Buffs rank 105th in the nation in turnover margin.

The Buffs are trying to defeat their first top five team since 2001 when they beat both No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Texas. One match-up fans should look for is the play of senior cornerback Terrence Wheatley. Wheatley has two interceptions this year and will be going against OU's tandem of talented receivers in Malcolm Kelly and Juaquin Iglesias.

Concussions are responsible for two Buffs not playing today. True freshman running back Brian Lockridge suffered one in practice on Tuesday and senior linebacker R.J. Brown has been out since the Florida State game. Two other Buffs suffered concussions in Tyson DeVree and Scotty McKnight. The two are a game time decision and probable respectfully.

Pretty well intermixed are a number of OU fans in Folsom Field today. This will be the 93rd Homecoming game played in the Buffs history with the Buffs holding a 60-27-5 all-time record in those games.

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