After two solid performances to start the season, the Colorado football team had spent its last two weekends watching football.

Yet, the Buffaloes (2-0) aren't concerned about rust settling in as they prepare for Saturday's trip to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12).

"If anything, we've been cranking it up in practice, competing with our first-team defense against the first-team offense and keeping score on first downs and turnovers and touchdowns," quarterback Connor Wood said. "Coaches have not let us get out of sync, get out rhythm since we've been having so much time off."

The Buffs' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was postponed because of flooding in Boulder, and they had a scheduled bye week on Sept. 21. The Buffs insist they did all they could to stay sharp during the break.

"We've been doing a lot of game-speed stuff, or trying to get game-speed stuff, as close as we can," linebacker Addison Gillam said. "That's going to help a lot."

The break allowed players to heal their bodies, and also gives the Buffs a new-start type of feel to this week.

"It kind of seemed like camp all over again, so it built a lot of anticipation again," receiver Paul Richardson said.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre was pleased with how his team handled the break and said the Buffs are better than they were two weeks ago.


Advertisement

"I definitely think we have improved during this time," MacIntyre said. "We concentrated on different aspects of our game that we were struggling at and we tried to improve on areas we were doing well at. Hopefully we'll show that Saturday."