By 750 THE GAME STAFF
Colorado two-way star Travis Hunter will miss the No. 19 Buffaloes’ visit to 10th-ranked Oregon this Saturday in Eugene, and will be out three weeks per a report Monday from 247 Sports’ Carl Reed Jr.
Coach Deion Sanders tells me that Travis Hunter will be out for 3 weeks.
— Carl Reed Jr. (@CoachReedLive) September 18, 2023
Hunter took a violent hit down the sideline from Colorado State safety Henry Blackburn in the first quarter of the Buffaloes 43-35 comeback win in double overtime over their in-state rivals. After the game, Sanders said Hunter would likely be out for a few weeks.
The more I watch this, the more it looks like he was just trying to hurt Travis Hunter. pic.twitter.com/XDBljbL0jn
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 17, 2023
Monday’s news ensures Hunter to miss the much-ancipated conference opener between undefeated teams at Autzen Stadium, and also keep him out the following week against reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams at No. 5 USC in Boulder.
After that, Colorado visits Arizona State and hosts Stanford before hitting the bye week.
The Buffaloes began the year unranked but upset then-No. 17 TCU – last year’s national title runners-up – 45-42 in Fort Worth in Week One and followed it up with a 36-14 shellacking of Nebraska in Week 2. Colorado State — a 23.5-pt underdog — put the CU hype train to the ultimate test, but eventually gave way to Coach Prime’s program in an instant classic at Folsom Field.
In the previous ten seasons, Colorado was 1-64 in games in which they trailed by ten points or more. The win over CSU featured an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter, the largest final-quarter comeback from the program since 2005.
Oregon is currently a 21-point betting favorite, per Caesar’s, with a total at 71 against the Buffaloes on Saturday.