Colorado faces a tougher road test than it did last weekend. Coming off a 43-23 win at Baylor — the first road win under second-year head coach Dan Hawkins — CU travels to Kansas State this Saturday (7:15 kickoff/ESPN2).
The Wildcats are 3-2 overall and battling to stay abreast of the competition in the Big 12 North. After upsetting Texas in Austin in their opening conference game, K-State dropped a 30-24 game to instate rival Kansas at home last week.
CU defensive tackle George Hypolite expects a typical Kansas State offensive line on Saturday. That means a physically tough unit.
“I was baptized in college football at Kansas State,” Hypolite said Wednesday. “I remember my first game at Manhattan, I spinned a guy and thought I had a sack, and a tackle came and cleaned me up. He decleated me for about five yards.
“That’s what they do. They’re physical and they pride themselves on that. I’m sure that’s what their coaches teach.”
What’s been different about this Kansas State team this year, though, is they haven’t established the run game like years past. KSU is averaging just 109 yards a game on the ground, 10th in the Big 12. Instead, they’ve tried to rely on the passing game, centered around sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman.
The KSU offensive line has given up just four sacks all year. But Freeman’s been pressured into some bad throws. He’s thrown seven picks. Getting pressure will be key for the Buffs on Saturday.
Hypolite has three sacks heading into the game.
“You never can be happy with the pressure you’re getting,” he said. “You have to keep getting after the quarterback. If we let quarterbacks sit back and have six seconds to look around, any defense is going to get torched.
“It’s going to be another tough job for us, but we’re used to it by now.”
• Tight end Tyson DeVree spent last Saturday at home listening to his teammates beat Baylor in Waco. Though he was wearing a blue (no contact) jersey in practice Wednesday, DeVree, who has four touchdowns this season, will play at Kansas State this weekend.
“I’m back to 100 percent,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “My legs are fresh since I had that week off from practice. They’re just being careful with the head. But I’m full go.”
Of K-State’s defense, DeVree said, “They’ve got some good solid players, a lot of guys that can run. It’ll be a good matchup. They’re a lot like our defense, they can run and can hit.”
• Chase McBride’s status for Saturday’s game is still up in the air. Stephone Robinson will likely return punts if McBride is not cleared to play.