The Colorado Buffaloes have opened as a 38-point (and it's already up to 38.5 at some sportsbooks) underdog to the Oregon Ducks for this Saturday's game in Boulder according to Vegas Insider. One week after a disappointing 44-17 loss to the Oregon State Beavers the Buffs now welcome the number two team in the country for what looks to be an ugly affair.
The Ducks don't seem to have missed a step in the first year with former Buffaloes coordinator Mark Helfrich at the helm. They have scored at least 55 points in every one of their four wins and last week's 39-point victory over the California Golden Bears was their smallest margin of victory this season. Yep, that was the smallest.
The Ducks feature the countries third-highest offense in yards per game, the nation's leading rushing offense and the #2 scoring offense. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown for 1003 yards with 9 touchdowns and no interceptions while also running for 295 yards. Last week, against Cal, leading rusher De'Anthony Thomas injured his ankle on the opening kickoff and was replaced by Byron Marshall to the tune of 130 yards and two touchdowns. So yea, these Ducks aren't short on weapons. The defense is no slouch either, coming in at #23 in yards allowed per game.
Things could get messy Saturday in Boulder.