Christopher Stock, Senior Writer & Assistant Editor
I got the opportunity to watch the Colorado opener against rival Colorado State and although they do not possess the speed that a Florida State has, they could give Miami troubles. Their running back Hugh Charles is a 5-foot-8 sparkplug who has ran for over 100 yards each game this season and senior QB Joel Klatt has been through this before. Although Klatt does not typically throw for many yards against top-notch teams, he does have the ability to lead the team down the field for first downs. Also, don't underestimate the value of having a week off. Head coach Gary Barnett will have his guys ready.
If Miami takes advantage of the height at the receiver position and utilizes the passing game to it's potential, then they could get a nice lead built up. If not, it could be another tough one.
With that being said, I'm a bit cautious of giving the game to Miami based on past performances over the past eight games (4-4 record). I don't know if the 2005 team has a killer attitude, which will be needed in this game. Miami again in a close one.
Stock's Prediction: Miami 24, Colorado 21
Mike Bakas, Recruiting Editor
After starting the season with two very difficult games on the road, the Canes finally catch a break by returning home. When's the last time you remember a national title contender starting the season with two road games against top 20 teams? Something needs to be re-examined. The biggest beneficiary of coming home this week may be quarterback Kyle Wright. It's not easy starting your career against the types of defenses he's faced already this season - especially on the road. He should look a lot more comfortable this week. Colorado played a tight game against rival Colorado State and then blew out an non-factor opponent. The Buffs are well coached and they play ball control offense, which could limit the offensive opportunities for the Canes. The Buffs are 2-0 and have played this type of team in the past and won. The Canes won a thriller by 5 in Boulder 12 years ago when Ray Lewis kick started his college career for the Canes. I expect to see another close game and hopefully a young Lewis emerges the way he did that night.
Bakas's Prediction: Canes 24, Colorado 20
Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat, Staff Writer
For three quarters and two minutes last week, I looked like I might be right having projected a blowout in Death Valley. Clemson looked lost and Miami was dominating, up 20-10 and seemingly ready to blow the Tigers out of their own stadium, but Clemson woke up, the ‘Canes pushed the snooze button and almost blew the game, but a win is a win right?
Yes, but it is time for Miami to dominate someone for 60 minutes, not for a quarter or two.
Most ‘Canes fans don't know anything about Colorado, and truthfully most reporters don't know too much about the Buffaloes either.
However, one thing we should all know is that Colorado is not a team Miami should overlook. Colorado is not Temple or Rutgers I can promise you that much.
But with that said, the Buffaloes will swelter in the high noon heat of the Orange Bowl against the ‘Canes in Miami's defense puts the pressure that it can and should.
Colorado is led by quarterback Joel Klatt, who has completed a ridiculous 69% of his passes, and is averaging 234.5 yards per game in the air. His ability to utilize all of his receivers will be something the ‘Canes defense has to be aware of. Seven Buffs have at least five catches, including running back Hugh Charles who's rushed 36 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado's first two games.
The ‘Canes counter with Tyrone Moss who had the best game of his career in Death Valley last week, but the key to this game will be Kyle Wright.
Wright must have a breakout performance and should since he's now in the friendly confines of the Orange Bowl. To beat Miami in the Orange Bowl is very tough period, but in September under sweltering conditions, it's darn near impossible, especially for a team from the mountains.
Expect Moss to crack 100 again, but for Wright to toss for over 250 as well as Ryan Moore will have a big day with Greg Olsen coming back to the party after he was made invisible by Tigers' defenders last week.
Rudy's Prediction: Miami 45, Colorado 10
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