For the Colorado Buffaloes, a rock opener in the first month of the season, three straight losses and a offense struggling to come down first, drop points.
For the Southern California Trojans, the first month brought a change in coaching and two blows.
Just 10 months ago, it was a battle that everyone wanted to see لیکن but couldn’t-to win the PAC12 South title. Now, Saturday’s game between CU and USC at Folsom Field is a match-up between two struggling squads looking for change.
“We all go through difficult times and moments in our lives,” said CU head coach Carl Dorrell. “These are the people who can recover faster in general.”
For the CU, the trouble has been mostly crime. The Buffs have been working all season to eliminate the offense, led by new quarterback Brendon Lewis. In many major categories, the Buffs have the worst offenses in the country, including scoring (13.8 points per game, 127th) and passing (85.0 yards per game, 128th).
“We’ve talked a little bit about our (trouble),” Dorrell said. “We don’t sugarcoat anything. We don’t make excuses for anything. We have a team that is on the field to play every week and we have expectations every week. Sometimes they meet and sometimes they don’t, but I think we are at a point where we need to continue to grow and move forward aggressively.
USC, meanwhile, is striving to meet a high standard of expectations for its program.
Head coach Clay Hilton was sacked after a 42-28 defeat to Stanford in Week 2, under interim coach Donte Williams. Done.
Pre-season favorite to win South for the second year in a row, the Trojans have already lost two conferences.
“I think these guys are still playing really hard,” Dorrell said of his impression of the Trojans. Are working, but they are still very competitive and hard working. When you see their footage on the sidelines, they are helping their teammates who are playing.
CU players insist they have the same support and desire. With the return of Mustafa Johnson, Buffs could also get a jolt of energy. The star defensive lineman who announced for the NFL Draft in January but was not selected will start his season on Saturday.
“I hope I can be encouraging in any aspect of the game, whether it’s on the field, off the field,” Johnson said. “When I practice and when I play, I come with the intensity I always play with.”
Whether it’s offense or feeding Johnson’s energy, Buffs hopes to gain a mental edge, especially early in the game.
“Honestly, this game is probably going to be more mental than physical,” said CU recipient Dmitry Stanley. “I feel like everything behind the scenes and everything we’re dealing with behind the scenes is the kind that can stop the noise on the day of the game and only play football.
“I think our boys are mentally ready.”
The team that is best prepared mentally and physically can win a match that will stop the bleeding for at least a week.
“(Trouble) is a part of life. It’s not going to be a bed of roses where everything is going smoothly and everyone is feeling great and you’re invincible and that’s all.” Some things are like that. Through which you will have to work.
“It makes you a lot better the next time something like this happens, so we’re going through it but we’re optimistic. We have a good attitude. We like that we keep moving forward. The weather is still young. Right now.” There is a lot to play, and it will start this week.
Play at a glance.
Match-up: Southern California Trojans (2-2, 1-2 PAC-12) in Colorado Buffaloes (1-3, 0-1)
Kick off: 12:01 PM MST
Where: Folsom field in boulder. Level of play: Grass
Television: PAC12 network
Radio: KOA (850 AM and 94.1 FM)
Problems: From USC 7.5
Series: USC is leading 14-0.