LOS ANGELES-Colorado football takes to the streets for two games in the City of Angeles. The Buffaloes will open at # 11 Southern California (5:00 PM MT) and then face # 3 UCLA (1:00 PM MT). Both games are played on the Pac-12 networks.
CU (6-4-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) split last weekend and beat Washington on Thursday before losing the weekend final to Washington State on Sunday. The split gave the Buffs four points in their first three Pac-12 games of the season. Colorado is currently in midfield and still has a lot of football to play.
“The great thing about the Pac-12 is that you have more and more opportunities to achieve results,” says head coach Danny Sanchez explained. “We are happy to be out there [Los Angeles]. “
The Buffs got the win in an exciting way and brought the No. 14 Trojans on their heads last season. CU fought their way back after trailing 2-0 and scored goals from Libby Geraghty, Shanade Hopcroft and Shyra James 3-2 to win in double overtime. The win gave the Trojans a five-game losing streak and also marked the 100th for Coach Sanchez at CU.
The stakes are similar this time. The unranked buffs want to get a surprise against Trojans # 11. USC (8-2-0) is at the top of the Pac-12 standings, with Washington State the only two teams to have a perfect 3-0-0 in the conference. USC has only allowed three goals in conference play and nine total goals this season.
“These are great opportunities,” added Sanchez. “USC lost the first two but won eight in a row, pretty comfortably. They have probably the best striker in the country in Penelope Hocking. They are a dynamic, well-trained team.”
The game on Sunday doesn’t get any easier. The Buffs are 0 – for their last 4 against the Bruins and their last win was in 2016. CU looks to Westwood for his first win and went 0 for 6. UCLA on previous visits (10-0-1, 2-0-1 Pac-12) is second in the Pac-12 with eight shutouts this season, scoring 0.44 goals versus average.
“I think the pressure could have gotten on us a little on Sunday,” said Sanchez. “I think these are games where we have nothing to lose and everything to win. We’ll be relaxed and excited.”
Part of that excitement is the fact that this weekend will feel right at home for many of the buffs. CU has 13 California players, many of whom are driving from LA.