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Colorado-Michigan: Wolverines Expected To Rout Buffaloes

Colorado (2-0) at No. 4 Michigan (2-0), 3:30 p.m. (BTN)

Line: Michigan by 20.

Series Record: Michigan leads 3-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Wolverines are not just expected to win, but to rout their opponent for a third straight week to stay near the top of The Associated Press college football poll. The Buffaloes have a chance, potentially at least, to beat a ranked team for the first time under fourth-year coach Mike MacIntyre.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan QB Wilton Speight vs. Colorado’s defensive backs. Speight has played mistake-free football since throwing an interception on his first snap this season. He has completed 70 percent of his passes for 457 yards and seven touchdowns in two games. The Buffaloes have four returning starters in the secondary: Ahkello Witherspoon, Tedric Thompson, Chidobe Awuzie and Ryan Moeller.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Colorado: QB Sefo Liufau. He has completed nearly three-fourth of his passes for 522, three touchdowns and no interceptions, running Colorado’s new up-tempo offense.

Michigan: LB Mike McCray. After making just two tackles in three years with the Wolverines, he ranks second with 15 tackles, including team highs with two sacks and five stops for losses.

FACTS & FIGURES

Colorado has lost 22 consecutive games against ranked opponents, including 11 in a row with MacIntyre, since beating No. 17 Kansas in 2009. … The Buffaloes outscored Colorado State and Idaho State 100-14. … Michigan beat Hawaii and Central Florida by a combined score of 114-17. … The Buffaloes have beaten Michigan only once, but it was a memorable victory. Kordell Stewart threw a 64-yard Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook with no time left in 1994, lifting Colorado to a 27-26 win. … Bill McCartney, who led Colorado to a national championship in 1990 and is a former Michigan assistant, said he plans to attend Saturday’s game. … Michigan won the last meeting with the Buffaloes at the Big House, beating them 27-3 in 1997 in its national championship season.

 

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