The Colorado Buffaloes will travel for the first time this season as they head to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins. Colorado (3-1) is coming off of its lone loss of the season, a 37-10 loss in Boulder, Co. to Washington.
The Buffs have their work cut out for them on Saturday in Pasadena after struggling against Washington’s powerful offense. UCLA QB Josh Rosen leads an offense than can strike at any time. However, UCLA’s defense has struggled mightily this year.
UCLA leads the all-time series against Colorado 9-3; however, the Buffs won the last matchup in 2016 20-10 in Boulder.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Colorado-UCLA:
Colorado-UCLA game time, details:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: Rose Bowl
Line: UCLA (-6.5)
What TV channel is Colorado-UCLA on?
Colorado-UCLA will air on ESPN 2.
How can I watch Colorado-UCLA online?
Colorado-UCLA can be streamed on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Colorado-UCLA on the radio?
Colorado-UCLA can be heard on850 KOA-AM in the Denver area. The game’s radio broadcast can also be streamed online via the Colorado Buffalo Sports Network.
Colorado-UCLA keys to the game
Establish the Run Early
UCLA’s defense has allowed 1,113 total yards of offense in those two games, including 567 total rushing yards. UCLA is currently ranked No. 125 in total defense, and is dead last in the country in rushing defense, allowing 307.5 yards per game. In other words, Colorado needs to give senior RB Phillip Lindsay the ball early and often. If Lindsay can move the ball with ease, the Buffs should have a good shot to knock off the Bruins.
Get third down stops
UCLA is ranked No. 31 in third down conversions, converting at a 44.44 percent clip. Colorado is ranked No. 26 in third down defense, only allowing 29.82 percent of third down conversions. This is a strength on strength matchup. Colorado needs to get Rosen and company off the field and control the tempo of the game.
Rosen has done a good job of avoiding sacks so far this season and the Bruins only allowed a single sack on the road against Stanford last Saturday. However, the UCLA offensive line is an issue and one that Colorado needs to exploit. UCLA’s rushing offense is ranked No. 104 in the nation. The Buffs need to do everything in their power to force the Bruins to run the ball. The team cannot allow Rosen to beat them through the air, The best way to get Rosen off of his game is to bring the heat.
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