ASU vs. Colorado: Buffaloes' Top RB & Leading Pass Rusher Not Expected To Play Tonight

William Mancebo - Getty Images

It keeps getting worse for CU. The Buffaloes will be without their top offensive and defensive weapons as they try to upset the Sun Devils

When you're a 22-point underdog, you need all the help you can get. Unfortunately, Colorado will receive no such help, as their leading rusher and top offensive weapon in running back Christian Powell will likely miss tonight's game. As if that weren't enough, defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe will join him on the sidelines.

As first reported by Adam Munsterteiger of Rivals.com:

Powell suffered a quadricep contusion during Colorado's previous game against UCLA on September 29th and has not practiced during the the week. Uzo-Diribe suffered a sprained ankle in that same game.

Powell has been one of the most positive surprises in the Pac-12 this season. The 235-pound freshman came to Colorado as a fullback, but moved to running back during Week 2's game against Sacramento State and responded with 147 yards and three touchdowns in the Buffaloes' shocking 30-28 loss. On the season, he has a team-high 294 yards.

In his absence, sophomore Tony Jones will see more action. As opposed to the powerful Powell, the 190-pound Jones relies on speed and shiftiness, and is a quality pass-catcher out of the backfield.

Uzo-Diribe has been one of the few bright spots on a Colorado defense that ranks among the worst in the nation. The junior has a team-high five sacks on the year. Freshman Samson Kafovalu is Uzo-Diribe's backup at right defensive end.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join House of Sparky

You must be a member of House of Sparky to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at House of Sparky. You should read them.

Join House of Sparky

You must be a member of House of Sparky to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at House of Sparky. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker