Two years ago, if you told anyone the most highly anticipated Week 2 matchup of 2023 would be Colorado vs Nebraska, no one – and I mean no one – would believe you.
Yet here we are, all eyes across the nation glued to TVs and computers to see what Colorado will do next and whether Nebraska can right the ship under new leadership.
Colorado is coming off a stunning victory against TCU, while Nebraska faced a heartbreaking loss to Minnesota in its season opener.
Let’s dive into the action and break down what to expect in this exciting showdown.
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Colorado’s Week 1 Recap: Shocking the Skeptics
In an eye-opening performance, the Colorado Buffaloes in Deion Sanders’s debut defied the odds by taking down the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs, who were favored by 20 points.
The Buffaloes’ offense was a force to be reckoned with, with some innovative play calling by coordinator Sean Lewis. He helped guide quarterback Shedeur Sanders to a sensational debut, throwing for a Colorado record 510 yards and four touchdowns.
One predictable standout player from the game was wide receiver/cornerback Travis Hunter, who played 144 snaps and made an impact on both sides of the ball. Freshman running back Dylan Edwards may be a breakout star with game-breaking speed and versatility, scoring four touchdowns in his first college football action.
Despite a few hiccups on special teams, the Buffaloes displayed poise and resilience throughout the game, showcasing their potential as a formidable contender in the college football landscape.
Nebraska’s Week 1 Recap: A Heartbreaking Loss
On the other side of the coin, the Nebraska Cornhuskers found themselves on the losing end of a thrilling contest against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Huskers’ defense put on an impressive performance, limiting Minnesota’s offensive production. Quarterback Jeff Sims displayed his dual-threat abilities, passing for 114 yards and rushing for 91.
Although the Huskers held a 10-3 lead late in the game, turnovers proved to be their Achilles’ heel, allowing Minnesota to mount a comeback. Despite a valiant effort, Nebraska fell short in a heartbreaking walk-off field goal.
Rahmir Johnson’s electrifying 63-yard kickoff return and a creative touchdown pass from Anthony Grant to Alex Bullock provided a glimpse of Nebraska’s offensive potential.
Intriguing Matchups and Storylines for Colorado vs Nebraska
- Offensive Showdown: Colorado’s high-powered offense, led by Shedeur Sanders, will face off against Nebraska’s stout defense. Can the Buffs maintain their offensive dominance, or will the Huskers’ defense rise to the occasion?
- Travis Hunter vs. Nebraska’s Secondary: Hunter’s versatility and playmaking ability will be a focal point. How will Nebraska’s secondary contain this generational talent?
- Nebraska’s Redemption: After a heart-wrenching loss in their opener, Nebraska will be eager to bounce back. Can they capitalize on Colorado’s weaknesses and secure a victory on the road?
- Special Teams Battle: Both teams have room for improvement in special teams. Will we see a pivotal special teams play that could change the course of the game?
This game promises to be a thrilling showdown between two determined teams who are highly motivated for very different reasons.
While Colorado’s impressive offensive display in Week 1 makes them a formidable opponent, I believe Nebraska will come into this matchup hungry for redemption. The Cornhuskers’ defense will step up, containing Colorado’s offense, and their balanced attack will secure them a narrow victory.
Prediction: Nebraska 28, Colorado 24
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