USC coach Clay said he is impressed with Colorado but not surprised. While many across the country may thing Colorado came out of left field with their early success this season Helton knew they would be a really good team after playing them last season.
Colorado is extremely balanced on offense with over 300 passing yards per game and 200 running yards per game. The quarterbacks for Colorado are mobile and can get first downs with their legs but their true utility is throwing the ball and excellent decision making. Colorado’s starting QB Sefo Liufau was injured earlier in the season and is questionable for USC. The backup QB for Colorado Freshman Steven Montez has filled in admirably and the Buffaloes offense has not really missed a beat. Helton says both Montez and Liufau are very similar so while it is uncertain who Colorado will start on Saturday, Helton feels as though he can use the same game plan on defense for both.
Helton also called out Colorado wide receivers Shay Fields and Devin Ross. Fields has 5 touchdowns on the year and is averaging almost 22 yards per catch. Ross also has 5 touchdowns on the season and is averaging 14 yards per catch. Helton said these two players in particular are very dangerous both as deep threats and as the target on run pass options.
Helton said the big challenge for USC this week will be on special teams. Colorado has played extremely well all season, their one loss came against Michigan on the road and the Buffaloes had to deal with an in game injury to their starting QB. Helton said he watched the tape and said it was a close game but that Michigan was able to pull away because of special teams. Helton said it would be a big challenge for special teams coach John Baxter to help lift the Trojans to victory.
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