On a Pac-12 teleconference this week, Oregon State Interim head coach Cory Hall said he believes this game will come down to the run game.
CU rushed for 300 yards in the loss to Arizona and ranks fifth in the conference with 176.2 yards per game. Senior Phillip Lindsay is fifth nationally with 810 yards this season, while quarterback Steven Montez has a 100-yard game to his credit.
"Colorado is a run-heavy team and they're very physical," Hall said. "They're going to run the ball. We know they have a very athletic and mobile quarterback back there, and they're skilled on the edges at receiver. We expect it to be a physical game."
Oregon State's strength on offense is running the ball.
Ryan Nall, who is 6-foot-2, 237 pounds, leads the way with 341 yards, while Artavis Pierce and Thomas Tyner are capable runners, as well.
"Most importantly, we have to stop the run and establish our run," Hall said. "Right now that's the focus."
Hall said he's been "learning on the fly" this week and that the Beavers are bonding together at a tough time. "We are one big family and we're going to stay tight, no matter what happens," he said. ... CU cornerback Trey Udoffia, who missed last week's game with a sprained knee, has "looked good" in practice this week, MacIntyre said. The Buffs are hopeful he will play on Saturday. ... Prior to 2015, the Buffs had not won in the state of Oregon since 1967, but they've won two in a row in the Beaver State, defeating OSU, 17-13, in 2015 and Oregon, 41-38, last year.