We’d like to help again from Brendan Rice, please. and third. and sixth.
CU offensive coordinator Darin Chiaverini didn’t have much to impress during the Buffs’ lost season. But did you know? The more we see Rice, the widely talented freshman and son of NFL legend Jerry Rice, the more we think he’s No. 2 Might be a way out of the dark for 2-6 CU.
• The Buffs this season against FBS enemies when Rice has touched the ball at least three times in a game: 19.0 points per game.
• Amateurs this season against FBS enemies when rice isn’t: 8.0 points per mile.
Okay, so we stick to straws, at least when it comes to silver linings. But at least the former scenario – a healthy slice of rice – gives you a fighting chance.
Especially this weekend, with a lightly injured Oregon group arriving at Folsom Field on Saturday after losing at Cal. The Beavers (5-3) surrendered 262 passing yards and three degrees in the air to the Golden Bears (3-5) in a 39-25 defeat.
In five Pac-12 games, Oregon allows 285 passes and two touchdowns per outing. That might be a wrinkle to exploit for the limp Buffs, given how CU finished a 52-29 setback in Oregon, the top-ranked team in West College Football’s newest Top 25 in the Denver Post, Saturday.
The Buffs made it interesting of late after they trailed by 45-14 in the third quarter, thanks in part to the relationship between young quarterback Brendon Lewis and Rice, who both managed to score 16 yards before 6:04 from the left. The 6-foot-3 wide finish finished with 119 scrimmage yards on six touches, five of those coming through the air for 102 yards, while running six backhand Oregon kicks for another 162 yards.
Rice topped the century mark in receiving yards for the second time in three games, after dropping 111 to Arizona during the CU’s 34-0 win over the Wildcats again on October 16. Similar to Laviska Shenault, it can help take some of the sting out from the last month of what has been downturn season.
The Denver Post Best of the West College Football Survey every Monday ranks the top 25 FBS programs from the Front Range to the Pacific, as picked from Pac-12, Mountain West and BYU.
The rest of the recent rankings follow, with in-state teams listed in bold:
Denver Center Best of the West Top 25 Poll – Nov. 1
|1 – Oregon (7-1) * (3)||1||in Washington|
|2 – Fresno State (7-2)||6||against Boise|
|3. Utah (5-3)||7||At Stanford, Friday.|
|4. BYU (7-2)||2||Opposite Idaho|
|5 – Nevada (6-2)||8||against San Jose State|
|▲ 6. Utah (6-2)||12||In the state of New Mexico|
|7 – San Diego State (7-1)||3||in Hawaii|
|8- Washington State (5-4)||11||Farewell|
|9. Air Force (6-2)||9||versus the army
|10- Boise State (4-4)||13||in Fresno|
|11- Oregon (5-3)||5||in Colorado
|12. UCLA (5-4)||7||Farewell|
|13. Washington (4-4)||16||opposite Oregon
|14. Arizona State (5-3)||4||vs USC|
|15. California (3-5)||20||in Arizona|
|16. USC (4-4)||15th||in Arizona|
|17. Stanford (3-5)||14||Against Utah, Friday.|
|18. CSU (3-5)||19||in Wyoming|
|19 – San Jose State (5-4)
|20. New Mexico (3-5)||22||vs UNLV
|21- Hawaii (4-5)||17||against San Diego State
|22- Wyoming (4-4)||21||opposite Colorado
|23. CU (2-6)||23||versus Oregon
|24. UNLV (0-8)||24||in New Mexico|
|25- Arizona (0-8)||25||vs california|
* First place votes are in parentheses
▲ = biggest rise during the week
▼ = biggest drop in the week
The next Best of the West poll will take place on Monday, November 8th.