Buffs Bad Offense Meets a Bad KSU Defense

Big 12 play enters Week 3 Saturday with 1-1, 4-2 Kansas State meeting 0-2, 3-3 Colorado in Boulder. The Wildcats will be putting a defense on the field that has allowed over 500 yards in each of the last four games. That "D" will be facing a CU offense that averages just 310 yards.

What happens when the Big 12's No. 12 offense meets the league's No. 12 defense? Tune into the Kansas State at Colorado game on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Buffs are averaging a league-low 22.5 points and 310 yards per game, while the Wildcats are giving up a league-high of 442 yards and 28.9 points per game.

While the Buffaloes have lost each of their last three games, the Wildcats rebounded from a 30-point loss to Texas Tech in week-one of the season, to defeat Texas A&M last week to change the mood in the Wildcatnation.

"If you win, you're all of a sudden world-beaters. If you lose, everything has gone to crap," said KSU quarterback Josh Freeman. "We just try not to really pay attention to what everybody's saying. We just do our thing. We know nothing people say is going to affect how we play."

Coach Ron Prince added that the team wasn't as bad as most thought after the Tech game, and likely not as good as some believe after the A&M win.

For certain Mr. Freeman has been good in his two-year mini-career against Colorado. He completed an amazing 22-of-26 passes for 251 yards and two scores in 2006, and was 15-of-27 for 214 and a touchdown last fall in a pair of Wildcat wins.

"He is highly underrated. He really is," said CU coach Dan Hawkins. "Physically, he causes you as many or more problems from the standpoint that he's huge and he can run. He's very efficient with the ball and doesn't turn it over. He doesn't take sacks, he's got a hose, and he can run."

He added, "He's been a monster for them." The only thing about those games that Freeman remembers is "… we won."

With three games against nationally ranked Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri scheduled for the next three weeks, most would consider the CU game a "must win" if K-State wants to be a player in the North.

But as far as picking favorites at mid-October, Prince said it's "… way too early to assign any kind of credit or blame or crowns or any kind of doormat positions to anybody. We just haven't played enough conference games to really know."

Freeman followed his coaches words by adding, "The mindset is exactly the same. We understand in this conference, there are a lot of teams beating a lot of teams. You never know how it's going to shake out."


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