Please we need another help from Brendan Rice. and a third. and a sixth.
CU offensive coordinator Darin Chiaverini didn’t have much to get excited about during a lost Buffs season. But you know what? The more we see Rice, the talented freshman wideout and son of NFL legend Jerry Rice, the more we think that No. 2 could be the way out of the dark for 2-6 CU.
• Against FBS enemies this season when Rice touches the ball at least three times in a game: 19.0 points per game.
• Buff this season against FBS enemies when there is no rice: 8.0 points per tilt.
Okay, so we’re holding onto the straw, at least when it comes to the silver lining. But at least the former scenario – a healthy piece of rice – gives you a fighting chance.
This weekend in particular, the slightly injured Oregon State bunch came fresh from a loss at Cal as they arrived at Folsom Field on Saturday. The Beavers (5-3) surrendered 262 passing yards and three scores through the air in a 39-25 loss to the Golden Bears (3-5).
In five Pac-12 games, Oregon State is allowing 285 passing yards and two passing touchdowns per outing. That could be a wrinkle for lame amateurs to exploit, considering how CU finished a 52-29 blowout at Oregon, the top-ranked team in The Denver Post’s latest Best of the West College Football Top 25 on Saturday. did.
The Buffs made it interesting of late after trailing 45-14 in the third quarter, thanks to the connection between young quarterback Brendan Lewis and Rice, who captured the 16-yard score with 6:04. The 6-foot-3 wideout ended with 119 scrimmage yards on six touches, five of which were coming through the air for 102 yards, while six Oregon kickoffs were running back for 162 more yards.
Rice topped the century mark in receiving yards for the second time in three games, dropping 111 over Arizona during CU’s 34-0 win over the Wildcats on October 16. Laviska Shenault-style could help take out some of the sting of the last month in what has been a bad Buffs season.
The Denver Post Best of the West College Football Poll ranks the top 25 FBS events each Monday from Front Range to the Pacific Ocean, as drawn from Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU.
The rest follow the latest rankings, with in-state squads listed in bold:
Denver Post Best of the West Top 25 Poll — Nov. 1
|1. Oregon (7-1) *(3)||1||in Washington|
|2. Fresno State (7-2)||6||vs Boise State|
|3. Utah (5-3)||7||In Stanford, Fri.|
|4. BYU (7-2)||2||Vs. State of Idaho|
|5. Nevada (6-2)||8||vs. San Jose State|
|6. Utah State (6-2)||12||in the state of New Mexico|
|7. San Diego State (7-1)||3||in Hawaii|
|8. Washington State (5-4)||1 1||Bye|
|9. Air Force (6-2)||9||vs army
|10. Boise State (4-4)||13||in the state of Fresno|
|11. Oregon State (5-3)||5||in Colorado
|12. UCLA (5-4)||7||Bye|
|13. Washington (4-4)||16||vs. Oregon
|14. Arizona State (5-3)||4||vs USC|
|15. California (3-5)||20||in Arizona|
|16. USC (4-4)||15||in the state of arizona|
|17. Stanford (3-5)||14||vs Utah, Fri.|
|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||vs. San Diego State
|22. Wyoming (4-4)||21||vs. state of Colorado
|23. Cu (2-6)||23||vs. state of oregon
|24. UNLV (0-8)||24||in new mexico|
|25. Arizona (0-8)||25||vs california|
*First place votes in parentheses
= biggest climb of the week
= biggest drop of the week
The next Best of West poll will be posted on Monday, November 8.