Colorado Buffaloes Travel to Autzen

The Colorado Buffaloes square off against their second straight top-15 opponent when they travel to Autzen Stadium to take on Oregon.

Though the Colorado Buffaloes have seen their fair share of blowout losses this year, the most recent one being a 50-6 drubbing when they faced the USC Trojans this past weekend, the Buffaloes may be in for their toughest test yet when they travel to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Oregon Ducks.

And yet, despite all of the odds that are against them on Saturday, the Buffaloes and Head Coach Jon Embree will be going to this game with the mentality of perhaps pulling the biggest upset of the 2012 college football season. One of the ways that Embree hopes to pull off this upset is by bucking the trend that many teams have used against the Ducks so far this year.

"Everybody has the same plan," explained Embree when talking in his weekly press conference about preparing for the Ducks. "You want to go in there, you want to control the ball and eat the clock. You say all of that, but it doesn't work out that way."

So, then, how do you get after the Ducks Buffalo style?

"Some of it I think has to be them shooting themselves in the foot," explained Embree. "...you have to play error free on your side and then you have to force them into some mistakes and hopefully that is enough to be able to win."

Trying to find some way of being able to overcome the Ducks, Embree is departing from the same strategy that has been rinsed, recycled, and repeated throughout the entire year. As the coach of the Buffaloes mentioned, keeping the ball away from Oregon is not an effective strategy against the Ducks because they don't really care about time of possession.

"You are probably going of possession," stated Embree. "But that doesn't matter."

Implementing a new strategy against the Ducks is something Embree hopes will prepare his young Buffaloes for the highly potent attack of Oregon. And, Embree points out, Oregon is much more than just an offensive powerhouse nowadays.

"I think that the thing that is most impressive about Oregon, after watching all of their games is their defense," explained Embree. "I think their defense is outstanding, they have a tremendous personnel, their linebackers have great size and range, they all can run, they are violent when they tackle you."

As for any particular player to watch on Oregon's defense, Embree explained that it was all about 96.

"(Dion Jordan), he is a guy that hopefully this is the last time we see him. He is jsut a guy you have to count for in every play."

Though he has high remarks about the Oregon defense and believes it to be one of the best in program history, Embree also knows that Oregon's offense will still be in prime form.

"Theirs is just a whole other level," said Embree about Oregon's spread offense. "One is the speed that they have at their skill positions, it is unlike other programs that we have seen that run it. The speed at which they go, they run plays."

Embree also explained how the Buffaloes were preparing for Oregon's up-tempo attack using a unique two-huddle rotation at practices this week.

"To practice and prepare for them (we'll) be in two huddles, so as soon as the next play is done the next team is going out there and getting ready to run the play. We don't normally do that when we play other spread offenses, even though they are no huddle and are caught at the line of scrimmage, they just play at a different tempo."

With quite the task ahead of them, the Buffaloes will look to eliminate all exterior pressures and focus on their own game when they travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks. Make sure to catch the game live at 12:00pm on the Pac-12 Network.


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