The No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) for Family Weekend at Folsom Field at 2:10 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Buffs are now 4-0 for the first time since 1998 and for the 31st time in school history after opening 3-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1994-95. As for the Sun Devils, the first season for new coach Herm Edwards has exceeded expectations.
Here’s a roundup of what some pundits are saying about Colorado and ASU prior to Saturday.
“Steven Montez has turned into an assassin at quarterback for the Buffaloes as he has already thrown for almost 1,100 yards while competing about 75 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and only two picks. Laviska Shenault, Jr., is a tough matchup with 38 catches for 591 yards through the first four games. The Sun Devils only have three picks so far and will struggle with the Buffaloes’ offensive diversity.” - Lindy’s Sports writer Ken Cross
“No. 21 Colorado has won its first four games for the first time in 20 years behind a “Folsom Fast” attack powered by quarterback Steven Montez and breakout wide receiver Laviska Shenault. Arizona State has begun to define itself as a run-first group, which is new coach Herm Edwards’ stated preference. The clash in styles makes for an interesting contrast when the teams meet in a Pac-12 South game on Saturday at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes won the division in 2016 before a down year in 2017. Colorado is one of 14 undefeated teams in FBS.” - ESPN Staff
“Yes, Colorado is the Pac-12’s only remaining undefeated team -- but check the Buffaloes’ level of competition. Victories over three teams that have yet to win a game -- New Hampshire, UCLA and Nebraska -- aren’t terribly impressive. ASU is more battle tested, beating a ranked Michigan State team and pushing a top-10 Washington team to the limit in Seattle. Look for the Sun Devils, who have a Pac-12-best 18 sacks, to harass Colorado quarterback Steven Montez in a way he hasn’t experienced this season. On offense, look for this to be the week the Devils rediscover wide receiver and future first-round NFL draft pick N’Keal Harry. The Sun Devils are still looking for their first road win under Herm Edwards, and I like their chances to get it Saturday against a Buffaloes team that’s not as good as their record suggests.” -ABC 15 Phoenix writer Shane Dale
“The Buffaloes are undefeated, but their opponents so far have combined for a 1-16 record this season. Arizona State has been tested, and the key will be seeing how they adjust in what should be a rowdy road environment. We think the Sun Devils get through it. Arizona State is 6-1 in the last seven meetings, by the way.” - Sporting News writer Bill Bender
“Arizona State has struggled to get the passing game going in their last three games. A trip to a chilly, wet Folsom Field doesn’t appear likely to reverse the Sun Devil fortunes.Making matters more difficult, the Colorado secondary features two strong, physical cornerbacks that could pose problems for (N’Keal) Harry, Kyle Williams and company. Cornerbacks Delrick Abrams Jr. and Nick Fisher are both at least 6 feet tall and will be able to matchup well with the Sun Devil receivers. Given ASU’s recent success running the football, expect the Colorado defense to try and get the Sun Devil offense to take some shots down the field in the passing game.” - House of Sparky writer Alec Henden
“Strong quarterback play is a critical catalyst driving success for both Colorado and Arizona State early in the season. Wilkins and Montez have shown a big-play capacity and each player has proven efficient in directing their respective team’s offenses. Wilkins has a chance to reach a few career milestones on Saturday. He currently has 6,823 career passing yards and 42 career touchdown passes. Wilkins needs just 89 yards to move into fifth place on Arizona State’s career passing yardage list and 177 yards to reach 7,000 career yards. The senior only needs two more TD passes to move into ninth place in Sun Devils history in that category. Montez continues to set the pace for efficiency. He leads all Pac-12 quarterbacks with a 75.8 completion percentage. His 273.0 passing yards per game and 173.69 quarterback rating trail only Oregon’s Justin Herbert in the conference.” - Athlon Sports writer John Coon
-BuffStampede.com writer Adam Munsterteiger and BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell