Tough to guess how this game will play out with so many questionable players on both sides. Arizona has played consistent after that loss in Hawaii. I'd rather them lose that first game of the season and improve like they have going forward (plus Hawaii is 4-1 and steamrolled Nevada 54-3 last week). Offense staying on the field longer relying on the ground game, short passes, not looking for that long ball as often, and of course a defense. Colorado's had some scrappy wins and played very inconsistent between their first and second half performances, with the exception of ASU in their last game where they seemed to put a complete game together. But it feels like Montez has been there for going on 10 years now and they've got some seasoned players. Although Colorado's run game isn't very consistent, Fontenot can be explosive.
Colorado's rushing defense is 95th in FBS giving up 175 ypg, Pass D 117th/291 ypg through the air up against
UA's 11th ranked rushing offense at 255 ypg, and 23rd through the air at 296 ypg.
On the other side UA's rush D sitting at 57th/137 ypg, pass D 127th/336 ypg and
CU's rushing offense 85th/143 ypg, Pass 28th/291 ypg.
It's interesting that both teams are ranked high in turnover margin, Colorado at +7, UA +6, ranked 2nd and 6th respectively in FBS.
Arizona's 6-1 against Colorado since 2012, for some reason our players have just match well against the Buffs in recent years.
If we're Tateless I think Gunnell can keep us close either way, but Tate's experience could give us just enough to get the W on the road, which is much needed before heading into the gauntlet looking forward at UW, USC, the Ducks, and Stanford. It would be great to see if UA can bring that consistency built from the last 3 games away from home, even if we don't win.