What the Stanford game taught us about The Buffaloes

Colorado taking the field during the Colorado vs Colorado State football game at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Boulder, CU – After a close win against the Stanford Cardinals on Saturday, the Colorado Buffaloes are now 2-0, leaving Colorado fans with a lot to celebrate as the team moves forward in this shortened season. 

Unfortunately, a spike in Covid-19 cases at Arizona State caused the Pac-12 to cancel the game that was supposed to occur this upcoming Saturday at Folsom Field. This is the second week in a row that Arizona has had their game canceled due to Covid-19 cases.

But the Buffaloes have the USC Trojans to look forward to on November 28th and an extra week to prepare for this showdown. 

Here are a couple of takeaways from yesterday’s game. 

Head Coach Karl Dorrell’s positive direction:

On Sunday morning, Dorrell received a handful of votes in the USA Today Coaches poll. Something that Dorrell will most likely not care about since he has stated from the beginning that he only cares about improving the team and winning. 

The last two games provide insight into how important his leadership has been. All sides of the ball played their hearts out to well thought out schemes made for the team they have around them. And a well-coached team will have the entire depth chart ready to play and ready to play well–and that has been the case as the team has dealt with multiples injuries. Good coaching also comes clutch in close games, and that has been the case for the Buffaloes two wins. 

The offensive is effective and well balanced:

Included in the Buffaloes 432 total offensive yardswere 177 rushing yards, and 255 passing yards. The number of rushing attempts almost doubled passing attempts, but the strength from both helped provide the team with five total touchdowns. Two through the air and three on the ground, and if the Buffaloes can continue this success, you can expect every game to include over five touchdowns. 

Jarek Broussard is the real deal:

After a monster performance for his first start the week before, which included three touchdowns and 187 rushing yards, the sophomore continued to prove his talent in week two. Despite not scoring any touchdowns, Broussard rushed for 121 yards and an average of 4.5 yards a carry. Now he has over 300 rushing yards in two starts. His running has helped set the tempo of the offense and made life easier for quarterback Sam Noyer in the passing game.