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ASU Football Opponent Primer: Colorado Buffaloes

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Are they good or bad?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Colorado at USC Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona State 2019 Schedule

Kent State (Aug. 29) - Read

Sacramento State (Sept. 6) - Read

At Michigan State (Sept. 14) - Read

Colorado (Sept. 21)

At Cal (Sept. 27)

Washington State (Oct. 12)

At Utah (Oct. 19)

At UCLA (Oct. 26)

USC (Nov. 9)

At Oregon State (Nov. 16)

Oregon (Nov. 23)

Arizona (Nov. 30)

Colorado’s 2018 Season

The Buffaloes last win last season was over the Sun Devils back in Boulder. Colorado raced out to a 5-0 start before losing seven straight. CU was beaten pretty bad in almost every game except for Oregon State, where the Beavers overcame a 28-point deficit to beat the Buffs. The inability to make a bowl game after a great start lost Mike MacIntyre his job. He was replaced by Georgia Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker.

Key Returners

WR Laviska Shenault Jr. - Probably the least talked about star from 2018. Shenault powered the Buffs start, he scored four times against ASU if you all remember? The wide receiver looked destined to keep CU running until he suffered an injury against USC when the team started its nose dive. He missed a few games and CU was never the same. In nine games he had 11 touchdowns and over 1100 all purpose yards.

DL Mustafa Johnson - Johnson finished with 7.5 sacks for Colorado last season. The preseason first-team All Pac-12 nominee had the second most sacks in the conference last year. In his second full year as a starter, the Buffs can probably expect even more from him.

Biggest Losses

RB Travon McMillian - After transferring from Virginia Tech, McMillian had a solid lone year for Colorado. He eclipsed 1000 yards and did it efficiently with five yards per carry. The next closest Buffalo in rushing yards was quarterback Steven Montez with 238 yards.

LB Rick Gamboa - The linebacker finished with second on the team in tackles. He also added an interception, a category the Buffs only had eight of. Colorado will need to fill the spot of Nate Landman’s partner in crime.

Reasons why ASU Could Win

The Sun Devils had plenty of opportunities to beat the Buffaloes in Boulder in 2018. ASU roster wise seems to be in a better place this season as well and have home field advantage this time. If Eno Benjamin runs like Ralphie again, ASU should be in a good place to win.

Reasons why ASU Could Lose

Laviska Shenault. Laviska Shenault. Laviska Shenault. Let’s go over this again, he scored four touchdowns last season against ASU. Colorado only had four touchdowns that game. The Sun Devils should do everything they can do limit him and give themselves a good chance to win by making other people on the Colorado offense beat them.