Last season the Golden Bears rocked Colorado 52-7, as the Bear’s defense was able to easily run past Colorado’s offensive line and get to QB Tyler Hansen. However, this time around, the Bears will be playing at Colorado. Colorado brings in a new coaching staff under Head Coach Jon Embree. Cal’s former offensive line coach Steve Marshall is now the current offensive line coach for Colorado, while two of Colorado’s former coaches Eric Kiesau and Ashley Ambrose are now with Cal. Colorado still remembers the beat down that they had to endure last season at Memorial Stadium, and they will be looking for revenge this time around.
Here are some quick notes and links to Colorado’s offense, defense, and special teams:
Colorado will need to have a big performance from RB Rodney Stewart against Cal, as he was shut down to only 41 total rushing yards against Hawaii. Colorado’s offensive line was terrible against Hawaii and it is unlikely that OL Coach Steve Marshall can make much change on the line against Cal especially without one of their starting offensive tackles. The main concern for Cal will be QB Tyler Hansen and how well he can read Cal’s defense.
Colorado’s defense had trouble containing a running quarterback last week against Hawaii. However, Colorado should be ready against Zach Maynard this Saturday if Zach decides to run. Colorado was very aggressive against Hawaii as they brought in many blitz packages. However, we won’t know if this will be the same scheme that Colorado will use against Cal because Colorado’s defensive coordinator Gary Brown has not had a set style throughout his career. It is possible that Colorado may show blitz on multiple occasions but end up dropping back 6 0r 7 players. As long as Cal’s offensive line does not make too many mental mistakes as they did last Saturday, Cal’s offense should be able to run right by Colorado.
Colorado’s special teams:
Colorado has a decent special teams but nobody that are big time returners. Colorado’s punter averaged 44.9 yards and a long of 56 yards, while their placekicker made both extra points and long field goal of 34 yards against Hawaii.
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