CU vs. CSU
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver
Radio: 760 AM
Online:Go to BuffZone.com on Friday to follow our live blog
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez isn’t sure if Friday’s showdown with Colorado State will become a shootout.
He is confident, however, that the CU offense will do its part to light up the scoreboard.
“I don’t want to give you too much of the game plan, but we definitely can do some stuff with our receivers and our run game that can hurt the Rams defense a lot,” Montez said Tuesday. “I think there are a lot of weaknesses in that defense and we’re going to try to exploit them as best as we can.
“I don’t know if I expect a shootout. I expect us to score a lot of points. I can’t tell you what CSU is going to do on offense, to be honest, but I expect us to put up a lot of points.”
CU will take on the Rams (1-0) on Friday at 6 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Coming off a 10-4 season and Pac-12 South title, the Buffs are a confident bunch, but they were generally diplomatic about facing the Rams, who thumped Oregon State, 58-27, on Saturday.
“I think they’re a great team,” senior safety Afolabi Laguda said. “I think they have the capability to definitely win the Mountain West, the division they’re in. They were very prepared for the season opener, so I definitely think it woke us up.”
CU head coach Mike MacIntyre once again praised the Rams, who were explosive offensively in the second half of the 2016 season.
“They saw the plays (CSU) made last year at the end of the year over and over and over,” MacIntyre said. “(The Oregon State game) just put a stamp on it that hey, yeah, they’re a good football team; they can make plays.”
A year ago, CU rolled to a 44-7 victory against CSU, but this week’s game figures to be a much more competitive fight, with both offenses expected to be explosive this season.
“I think both teams have really good players that can make plays and I think both teams have good defensive players,” MacIntyre said. “I think it’s just two good football teams.”
CU running back Phillip Lindsay, whose father, Troy, played fullback at CSU, wasn’t about to get baited into any trash talk, even when asked if he dislikes the Rams.
“I’d rather not comment on that,” he said. “At the end of the day, all I care about is my teammates and the school I’m playing for, which is Colorado.”
Generally, when he is asked about opponents, Lindsay brings the conversation back to the Buffs, and that was no different Tuesday.
“(The Rams) are a tough team and they run to the football, but at the end of the day, it’s all about us, so we just have to play Colorado football,” Lindsay said. “We just focus on what we have to do.”
Of the two teams, CU is the bigger unknown, because other than a couple of vanilla scrimmages (one in the spring, and one earlier this month), nobody has seen the Buffs on the field since their 38-8 loss to Oklahoma State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.
There are now a lot of new faces and a lot of players in new roles. While the general public isn’t sure what to expect, however, the Buffs feel confident in the product they’ll put on the field.
“There shouldn’t be too many unknowns, actually,” Montez said. “We should go in and play very solid, both on offense and on defense. I expect us to come together and look very well.
“(Against Oregon State, the Rams) were doing some things that we were working. Hopefully on Friday we just do more things that work.”