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Norvell and Sanders Stoke Flames Ahead of Colorado-Colorado State Rivalry Game

Published on September 15, 2023
Written by John
Norvell and Sanders Stoke Flames Ahead of Colorado-Colorado State Rivalry Game
  • CSU head coach Jay Norvell criticized Colorado head coach Deion Sander for wearing a hat and sunglasses at his press conferences.
  • Sanders responded, saying this game was “personal”.
  • These two teams play each other on Saturday, September 15th.

The already heated rivalry between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State Rams received an extra spark this week before their NCAAF matchup, following comments made by Rams coach Jay Norvell about Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders.

Jay Norvell Takes Shot at Deion Sanders Ahead of Matchup

Rams head coach Jay Norvell ignited controversy this week during his weekly radio show by criticizing Colorado Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders for wearing hats and sunglasses during press events. Norvell remarked, “When I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat and my glasses off. That’s what my mother taught me.” The statement was met with applause from the live audience and the show’s host, Brian Roth.

The comments did not go unnoticed by Sanders. Responding in a YouTube video released by Well Off Media, Sanders told his team, “They’ve messed around and made it personal.” He also took issue with Norvell’s implications about his upbringing, stating, “Now he’s messing with my mama.”

In the buildup to the rivalry game, both teams have been the focus of added media attention, including a visit from ESPN’s “College GameDay.” While Norvell admitted to appreciating the spotlight, he emphasized that his players were growing weary of the external narrative. “They’re tired of all that stuff,” said Norvell.

Sanders, in his first season as Colorado’s head coach, has been open about closely monitoring what’s said about him and his program. “I keep the receipts,” Sanders declared after the Buffaloes’ season-opening win against TCU.

With both coaches stoking the flames, the stage is set for an emotionally charged face-off between the Buffaloes and the Rams.

Betting Implications

Sportsbooks are not indicating that this will be a competitive game, with DraftKings favoring Colorado by 24 points. The big focus for the Buffaloes was next week’s game against Oregon, with this game being more of a practice leading up to it. With Norvell’s comments and Sanders’ response, Colorado will take this game more seriously, and they could run up the points and clear that spread of 24.

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