No. 18 Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) Head coach Deion Sanders surprised his team during Friday’s meeting, taking another step to convey to Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell Applause, thank the Rams coach for his comments on his weekly radio show.
Norvell kicked off the controversy by slamming Sanders for wearing a hat and sunglasses during a news conference.
“I was interviewed by ESPN today,” Norvell said during a radio appearance. “I don’t care if they hear it in Boulder. I tell them, ‘I took my hat off, I took my glasses off,'” Norvell said. “I said, ‘When I talk to adults, I take my hat off, I take off my glasses. That’s what my mother taught me.'”
Norvell’s comments quickly spread to Boulder and beyond. Sanders addressed his team at practice Thursday, echoing Norvell’s comments. In a video posted to
On Friday, the coaches kept responding. In the morning, Coach Prime gifted each player on the team a pair of signature Prime 21 sunglasses from Blenders and posted a video of the gift on Instagram.
Sanders also gave a pair of sunglasses to members of ESPN’s First Take and Pat McAfee shows to wear while interviewing him. Sanders echoed the comment again.
“I really started thinking, what happened? Why did you go in that direction? You know me, you know how I got myself into trouble,” Sanders told McAfee. “If we really want to talk, I can do that. I’m good at it, but I don’t need to because the kids are ready.”
Commentators from McAfee to Stephen A. Smith wondered aloud why Norvell would give Sanders and the scalpers that extra boost. With Colorado’s upcoming games against No. 13 Oregon and No. 5 Southern California, Colorado could overlook the Rams. Better teams have fallen victim to “trap games” like this one.
Norvell’s Rams now have all of the scalpers’ attention.
“My kids are 10 years old now,” Sanders said during an appearance on ESPN. “They’re ready to play this game, they can’t wait to play this game. We can’t wait to get started on it.”
Norvell chose violence, and Sanders was more than willing to match the energy.
“What they don’t realize is that not only are we going to beat them up because it’s personal, but it’s not just about business, it’s about happiness,” Sanders said in an Instagram video.
How to watch (and bet) Colorado vs Colorado State
ESPN reports Colorado State will take on their in-state rival at Folsom Field at 10 p.m. This will be the 92nd meeting between the two teams and the first since the 2019 season. Colorado has won its past five games dating back to the 2015 season. Buffalo’s series record is 67-22-2.
Colorado State is 2-0 with wins over Texas Christian University and the University of Nebraska, while Colorado State lost to Washington State 50-24 and is now 0-1.
BetMGM lists the Buffs as a 23.5-point favorite. Oddsmakers are projecting an over-score of 62.5 points (over/under). You probably don’t want to tell Prime Coach you’re doing this, but backing the Rams $100 on the moneyline to upset Colorado State at +1050 will net you $1,150 in cash.