September 18, 2007

CU in no position to overlook RedHawks

BOULDER, Colo. - Despite losing back-to-back games, the Buffaloes find themselves two touchdown favorites over their next opponent. Miami of Ohio will come to Boulder with an identical record as Colorado, dating back to the beginning of last season: 3-13.
Both teams are also 1-2 early on this season.

"How can you be 1-2 and think you're a prohibitive favorite?" Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins asked at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "I don't think there is any reason for us to go, 'Well, we'll just show up'. I don't think there is any question we better play a lot better than we've been playing or we'll get beat again."

The RedHawks opened up the 2007 season with a one point victory on the road at Kent State. They have since lost at Minnesota in triple-overtime and they lost to Cincinnati, 47-10.

"I think Miami [of Ohio] to some degree is similar to us," Hawkins added. "They are playing some young guys, trying to find their nitch. I think they've settled in on a quarterback (Daniel Raudabaugh), which they seemed to struggle with a little early on."

Raudabaugh threw for 240 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions against Cincinnati last Saturday. His quarterback rating of 115.52 on the season is better than Cody Hawkins' rating of 101.9.

Miami of Ohio's defense has struggled in defending both the run and the pass the past two weeks. Minnesota and Cincinnati racked up 1,015 yards of total offense against the RedHawks.

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