On an odd night in Berkeley, Calif., last Friday, the Washington State offense couldn't get much going in a 37-3 loss to California.

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre isn't expecting a repeat from the Cougars.

On Saturday, the Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) will visit No. 15 Washington State (6-1, 3-1), who normally have one of the most prolific offenses in the country.

"They're excellent on offense," MacIntyre said. "They had an anomaly last week."

Going into the game at Cal, Washington was averaging 39.7 points and 474.7 yards per game.

The wheels fell off against the Golden Bears, however, as they had seven turnovers - including a career-high five interceptions by quarterback Luke Falk - and gave up nine sacks.

"They were moving the ball on Cal quite often," MacIntyre said. "They moved the ball really well and then they'd have a fumble, they threw some interceptions. There was like three weird, lucky plays in a way. Cal made them, but they were weird, crazy plays that really hurt Washington State.

"It wasn't like they just got stymied. You lose the turnover battle that drastic, it's not going to be a very close game."

MacIntyre and the Buffs are expecting to see the good version of Washington State, which scored 30-plus points in each of the first six games. It's also a group that has played very well defensively most of the season. The Cougars are top three in the conference in scoring and total defense.


"I think they're a very good football team," MacIntyre said. "I think they're better than they were last year."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.