BOULDER, Colo. – Coach Deion Sanders hates late tee times and isn’t a big fan of cold weather.
But on Friday the 13th, he’ll lead his Colorado football team, this time in cold weather, against Stanford (1-4) with a 10 pm ET kickoff on .
It will be a different test for Buffalo (4-2), whose first five games have been against opponents that are either nationally ranked or longtime “personal” opponents.
Stanford is neither, but the Prime Coaches and Buffs at Folsom Field will still get the hype. They will perform in front of their seventh consecutive sold-out crowd and another on national television.
Will they get off to a slow start again like they did in the first three games, with a combined score of 34-7 in the first quarter? Can they protect star quarterback Shaddell Sanders? Colorado ranks second in the nation for most quarterback sacks with 31.
Coach Prime has been waiting all day.
Will Travis Hunter play today?
Star cornerback receiver Travis Hunter has missed the past three games with a torn liver and will return to Colorado on Friday night. He drew cheers when he appeared on the field in shorts and a sleeveless top, then made some one-handed catches in the end zone during pregame warmups.
Deion Sanders said on Coaches Weekly this week that if Hunter is given the green light to play, he will not be restricted. That’s not how Hunter rolls. He’s an all-or-nothing guy, meaning he could play more than 120 games combined on offense and defense for Colorado against Stanford, just as he did against TCU and NEB this season. That’s what Alaska did in its first two games.
Hunter, a sophomore, was injured in a double-overtime win over Colorado State on September 16 when he was knocked down by a hit from CSU guard Henry Blackburn late in the first quarter.
Colorado is 3-0 in games that Hunter has started and 1-2 in games that he has missed.
The atmosphere should be good for the Colorado game, even if Deion Sanders hates being late
Even though Stanford isn’t a heavyweight rival or a bitter rival, the atmosphere could get pretty rowdy at Friday night’s game in Boulder. There are several reasons for this:
1. Today is Family Weekend at CU, which means parents will be flocking to the campus bookstore Thursday and Friday to buy Buffs gear. After watching Coach Prime and the school’s football team become a national sensation last month, many of them are eager to party with their children who are CU students. That’s why this game is one of Colorado’s first two announced this season, the other being Sept. 9 against Nebraska. The game was announced on July 20th.
2. ’s nightly game is sold out. Colorado has played all of its games this season in front of fans. It would be the seventh consecutive win, which is considered a school record. Historically, night games at Folsom Field have resulted in a raucous atmosphere after a long day of waiting (and sometimes drinking).
3. The weather will be cold. Just six days after the Hornets defeated Arizona State 27-24 in 99-degree heat, the temperature could plummet closer to 30 degrees. That’s why sweatshirts are suddenly a hot sale on campus this week. Cold weather doesn’t exactly cut down on drinking before and during football games, either.
Deion Sanders hates Colorado’s late start time vs. Stanford
Colorado State football coach Deion Sanders ripped into ‘s announcement that Friday night’s game against Stanford at Folsom Stadium is set to kick off at 8 p.m. local time, saying “Thank God ” His team is leaving the Pac-12 Conference and many late games in the West.
Saunders said the 8pm kick-off was “the stupidest thing ever” and “the stupidest thing ever invented in life”.
“Who wants to stay up until eight o’clock for a game?” he asked.
He made the remarks Wednesday during the weekly Colorado State Football Coaches Show in Boulder. He then asked how many viewers on the East Coast would stay up late to watch the game, which starts at 10 p.m.
“Do they even care about the ratings or people watching?” he asked.
did it, and it won big at a game in Colorado on Sept. 16. Colorado defeated Colorado State in double overtime in that game, drawing 9.3 million viewers despite the game ending after 2 a.m. on the East Coast. It was ‘s most-watched late-game game ever.
Deion Sanders can’t wait for Colorado to leave Pac-12
Even though it’s a home game in Boulder, his team will stay in a hotel before the game, just like other teams do before home games.
“What did you do in the hotel?” he asked. “What should you do all day?”
“Watch football,” host Mark Johnson said.
“Who’s playing on Friday?” Sanders replied.
Sanders then noted that his team will leave the Pac-12 after this season.
“Thank God we will not be attending this meeting,” he said.
After leaving the Pac-12 and entering the Big 12 next year, Colorado will play more games against conference opponents in the Central and Eastern time zones, and he anticipates fewer 10 p.m. ET kickoffs.
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Colorado two-way star Travis Hunter cleared to return
Deion Sanders said Tuesday that Colorado star football player Travis Hunter has been medically cleared to play and has a “huge chance” to return to action Friday night against Stanford.
Saunders said whether he plays will depend on “how he looks, how he performs in practice and which way the wind is blowing.” “He has to stay healthy. I don’t want him to be a burden. I want him to always be a great athlete.”
That could mean he’ll play, as Hunter has been practically begging to return to action following his injury.
How much does Colorado miss Travis Hunter?
Colorado was 3-0 in games with Hunter starting and is now 1-2 in games without him. Since his injury, Buffalo struggled the rest of the way against Colorado State, then won in double overtime, losing to Oregon 42-6, losing to USC 48-41, and then narrowly defeated Arizona State University 27-24 last weekend.
What channel is the Colorado game on?
Colorado-Stanford is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. .
Colorado game live
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