When the Oregon Ducks travel to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this weekend, they’ll be playing up at 5,440 feet above sea level. Will the elevation slow down the prolific Oregon offense? Here’s head coach Mark Helfrich’s take:
No, not in the sport of football. Now if we were in a bike race or running a marathon we might have a different issue. … It’s completely mental. We’re going to have our guys do something physical right off the bat but it’ll punch you in the chest if you walk up the stairs, because your body’s natural reaction is that there’s a little less oxygen in the air.
But physiologically, there’s zero impact on how you play (Oregon Live).
Helfrich has some experience at that altitude, having been the offensive coordinator for the Buffaloes from 2006-2008.
Though the Ducks will be without star De’Anthony Thomas, it is hard to imagine Colorado pulling off the upset. The Buffaloes looked rusty when they took on the Oregon State Beavers last week — they hadn’t played a game since the start of September — and going from a 44-17 loss to playing the Ducks doesn’t exactly make for an easy transition.
The game between Oregon and Colorado will begin at 3:00 p.m. PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.
[Source: Oregon Live]