Colorado knew they would beat No. 17 TCU ‘before we left Boulder,’ Deion Sanders says

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“Coach Prime” and his Colorado Buffaloes shocked the world on Saturday by upsetting No. 17 TCU on the road in Deion Sanders’ Power Five debut. 

No one knew what to expect from the Buffaloes once they hit the field after Sanders completely flipped the roster coming off a 1-11 season. The Buffaloes return just 10 scholarship players from 2022 with 68 new scholarship players on the roster, according to The Athletic. 

Deion Sanders leads the team

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders runs onto the field with his team for a an NCAA college football game against TCU Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Fort Worth, Texas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Colorado quickly proved they could hang with a top-25 team, taking a 17-14 lead into halftime. In a wild second half — 56 combined points — Colorado got the defensive stand they needed, stopping TCU late in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. 

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“Skip [Bayless], before we left Boulder, we knew we were going to win,” Sanders said Monday on Fox Sports’ “Undisputed.” 

“We prepare for this stuff. This is not just a figment of my imagination. This is something we prepare for, and we think about, and we work towards.” 

Sheduer Sanders and Travis Hunter stole the show for Colorado, with Hunter incredibly playing both ways for a combined 129 snaps, according to ESPN. 

Hunter had 11 catches for 119 yards on offense and an interception on defense, vaulting himself to the top of the Heisman Trophy conversation.  

Travis Hunter signals a first down

Travis Hunter #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes signals first down after a catch against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 2, 2023 in Fort Worth, Texas. Colorado won 45-42.  (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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“He’s both. Travis gets bored if you just leave him on offense, and he does not get to play defense,” Sanders said when asked if Hunter is a cornerback or a wide receiver. “If you play him on defense, he don’t get to play offense, he’s upset. He’s only done this his whole life. You can’t take that away from him.” 

“This kid is a first-rounder on both sides of the ball. Like, first pick,” Sanders continued. 

Deion Sanders before playing TCU

Colorado Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders before playing the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth September 02, 2023.  (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

“That’s who he is. And he loves the game. He does not tire of loving the game and wanting to be in the game and studying the game and all of the intricate details of the game.”

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Sanders and his Colorado squad will now prepare to take on Nebraska at Folsom Field in Week 2, Sanders’ home debut. 

“We told you we coming,” Sanders said Saturday when asked for his message for the Colorado fanbase. “We told you we coming. You thought we was joking. And guess what? We keep receipts.”



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