OSU-Colorado: Key Matchups

Watch these matchups on Saturday as the Cowboys attempt to go 5-0 for the first time since 1997.

OSU Offensive Line vs. Colorado Defensive Front
They haven't failed the Cowboys yet, and I wouldn't expect them to on Saturday in Boulder. The combination of Kellen Davis, Sam Mayes, Chris Akin, David Koenig (or if Koenig is injured either Doug Bond or Corey Curtis) and Corey Hilliard have not disappointed in the first four games. They have dominated!
They are physical, smart and proud. Colorado will be the best defensive line the Cowboys have seen thus far. Vaka Manupuna is a 6-1, 285-pound fire hydrant at nose guard. Matt McChesney is a 6-4, 290-pounder who can push at tackle. The ends are okay. In fact, McChesney moves out to rush end in pass situations.
The linebackers are okay too. In fact, true freshman Jordan Dizon may be the best of the trio. Colorado has sacked quarterbacks 12 times, but is still giving up a lot of passing yards, 307 yards per game. They are allowing 136 yards on the ground, but haven't played an offensive line or a rushing attack comparable to Oklahoma State. North Texas rushed for more than 250 yards and Missouri had 228 yards on the ground last week.
On tape I've seen Colorado give up the corner which would be a problem against OSU and Vernand Morency. I've also seen Colorado be soft up the middle. It all adds up for Oklahoma State getting it done again up front on offense.
Big edge to OSU

OSU Receivers vs. Colorado Secondary
How about this? Oklahoma State is 116th in the nation in passing with 105 yards per game. Colorado is 116th in pass defense allowing 307 yards per game. The Cowboys have talent at wide receiver, even experienced talent in D'Juan Woods. Add in the tight ends in Billy Bajema and Charlie Johnson.
This would be a good week for Donovan Woods to make major strides in becoming comfortable in the intermediate passing game since that is where the CU secondary struggles the most. The Buffs have athletes in the secondary but all four are sophomores. Gerett Burl at right corner may be the most talented, but word is he is gimpy. J.J. Billingsley may be back this game at strong safety. I'm going to say that with a healthy running game stretching the Colorado secondary that OSU wins this match up.
Edge to OSU

Colorado Offensive Line vs. OSU Defensive Front
The offensive line is the most veteran area of the Buff offense, but in watching on film I wasn't impressed. They are the blockers for standout tailback Bobby Purify, who has had 189 yards, 53 yards, 112 yards, and 81 yards in the first four games. They have only allowed five sacks, but Klatt has been pressured.
Oklahoma State made a few personnel changes for Iowa State last week and it worked. This may be the most even match up we've keyed in on, but I give the edge to the Cowboys because of the linebackers. Lawrence Pinson, Paul Duren, Pagitte McGee, and the return of Victor DeGrate will ensure success up front with the defense.
Edge to OSU

Colorado Backfield vs. OSU Linebackers
The linebacker corp of Pinson, Duren, McGee and DeGrate come into play again. Purify is injured with a shoulder separation. He will play, but he can count on being banged on. The Cowboys will get physical and should have good success containing the run. If Purify is hurt and comes out, look out for Lawrence Vickers. He impressed me and has game-breaking explosion. I'd just as soon see an injured Purify over a healthy Vickers.
Edge to OSU

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