Colorado and Washington State meet in a Pac-12 cross-division clash on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Buffaloes(4-3, 1-3) are on the road against a North Division team for the second consecutive week and hope they can replicate last week’s success, when they rallied for a 36-33 win at Oregon State. The challenge will be much tougher this week as WSU (6-1, 3-1) is ranked 15 th in the country, the second ranked team Colorado has played this season (it lost 37-10 at home to Washington in Week 4.
A win in Pullman would be Colorado’s 700 th in program history and would be the first time since joining the Pac-12 in 2011 that it won back-to-back road games in consecutive weeks.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Colorado-Washington State game, including a link to our live coverage:
Colorado-Washington State game time, details:
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Time: 7:45 p.m. PT
Location: Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington
Line: Washington State (-10.5)
What TV channel is Colorado-Washington State on?
Colorado-Washington State will air on ESPN. You can find what channel that is in your area here.
How can I watch Colorado-Washington State online?
Colorado-Washington State can be streamed on ESPN3 with a cable or satellite subscription, or on the WatchESPN app on your tablet.
How can I listen to Colorado-Washington State on the radio?
Colorado-Washington State can be heard on KOA 850 AM in the Boulder area or on the Sirius Satellite Radio Pac-12 channel 962.
Colorado-Washington State preview, keys to the game
Run smartly, not just frequently
Colorado runs the ball more than 42 times per game, third-most in the Pac-12, yet its rushing offense (180.4 yards per game) is ranked fifth in the league. Senior Phillip Lindsay is doing his part, needing just five yards to get to 1,000 for the season, but the Buffaloes lack another option on the ground.
Lindsay has 10 of Colorado’s 11 rushing touchdowns, with quarterback Steven Montez responsible for the only other score. Only three Pac-12 teams, including Washington State, have found the end zone fewer times on the ground.
The Buffaloes mostly abandon the run on third down, only attempting 53 carries (including sacks) in that situation with 22 first downs achieved and a scant 2.42 yards-per-carry average. Continued predicability could lead to opponents keying on the pass on third down.
Fluster Luke Falk
In its surprising 37-3 loss at California last week, Washington State allowed nine sacks of senior quarterback Luke Falk. For the year he and backup Tyler Hilinski have been sacked 32 times, tied with winless Massachusetts for most allowed in FBS.
The key to getting to Falk is forcing him to go through his progressions. He’s skilled at throwing the ball quickly, and accurately, completing 70.8 percent of his throws, but when he isn’t able to get it to his first or second target he tends to hold onto the ball too long and becomes vulnerable.
Colorado has registered just 10 sacks this season, third-fewest in the Pac-12, and six of those came against Texas State in Week 2. The Buffaloes have only one sack in league play, at UCLA in Week 5.
Win the turnover battle
Colorado has not turned the ball over in its past three games, having avoided a giveaway in 13 consecutive quarters dating back to the final period of the Pac-12 opener against Washington. The game and quarter streak are both school records, while the four turnover-less games in 2017 are tied for the most in a season.
A lack of turnovers hasn’t been a guarantee of game success, as Colorado is 2-2 in those contests this season, but it doesn’t hurt. More helpful would be forcing more takeaways than the 11 the Buffaloes have recorded in seven games, and doing more with those turnovers than scoring three touchdowns and two field goals.
Washington State turned the ball over seven times last week, several on tipped interceptions.
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