Colorado vs USC
The Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans will face off in a highly anticipated matchup on Saturday, October 1st at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. Both teams are coming off of wins in Week 1, and they are both looking to make a statement in the Pac-12 Conference.
The Buffaloes are led by head coach Karl Dorrell, who is entering his third season at the helm. Dorrell has a career record of 18-23, but he led Colorado to a 4-2 record in the Pac-12 last season.
The Trojans are led by head coach Lincoln Riley, who is entering his first season at USC. Riley is one of the most sought-after coaches in college football, and he is known for his high-powered offenses. Riley led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff three times in his five seasons with the Sooners.
The Buffaloes’ offense is led by quarterback Jarek Shudak, who is entering his second season as the starter. Shudak threw for 2,439 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Colorado also has a talented running game, led by senior Alex Fontenot. Fontenot rushed for 1,044 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
The Buffaloes’ receiving corps is led by senior Brenden Rice, who is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Brenden Rice caught 59 passes for 884 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
The Trojans’ offense is led by quarterback Caleb Williams, who is one of the most talented players in college football. Williams transferred to USC from Oklahoma, where he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2021.
Williams threw for 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games last season. He also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns.
The Trojans also have a talented running game, led by junior Travis Dye. Dye rushed for 1,111 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
USC’s receiving corps is led by senior Jordan Addison, who transferred to USC from Pittsburgh. Addison was the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver last season. He caught 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The Buffaloes’ defense is led by senior linebacker Nate Landman, who is one of the best defensive players in the Pac-12. Landman led the Pac-12 in tackles last season with 138.
The Buffaloes also have a talented secondary, led by senior safety Isaiah Lewis. Lewis had 103 tackles and four interceptions last season.
The Trojans’ defense is led by senior linebacker Tuli Tuipulotu, who is one of the best pass rushers in the country. Tuipulotu had 12.5 sacks last season.
USC also has a talented secondary, led by senior safety Calen Bullock. Bullock had 101 tackles and five interceptions last season.
What to Watch For
There are several key matchups to watch for in this game.
- Jarek Shudak vs. Caleb Williams: Shudak and Williams are two of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12. Shudak is a more experienced quarterback, but Williams is more dynamic and has a higher ceiling.
- Alex Fontenot vs. Travis Dye: Fontenot and Dye are two of the best running backs in the Pac-12. Both backs are physical and can pound the defense.
- Brenden Rice vs. Jordan Addison: Rice and Addison are two of the best receivers in the Pac-12. Both receivers are big and have good hands.
- Nate Landman vs. Tuli Tuipulotu: Landman and Tuipulotu are two of the best defensive players in the Pac-12. Landman is a great tackler, and Tuipulotu is a great pass rusher.
This game is a toss-up. Both teams have talented offenses and defenses. However, USC has the home field advantage, and they have a more experienced quarterback in Caleb Williams.
I predict that USC will win the game by a score of 31-27.
The Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans are two of the most evenly matched teams in college football. Both teams have talented offenses and defenses, and they are both led by experienced coaches.
The Buffaloes will need to get a big