Greg McElroy puts dramatic stakes on Nebraska-Colorado football Week 2 matchup

The highly anticipated matchup between Deion Sanders and Matt Rhule in Week 2 of the college football season this fall has led one ESPN analyst to stretch out the truth further than it needed to be.
Greg McElroy sees the Nebraska-Colorado football matchup in Week 2 as make-or-break for both Matt Rhule and Deion Sanders
Greg McElroy sees the Nebraska-Colorado football matchup in Week 2 as make-or-break for both Matt Rhule and Deion Sanders / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Before we know it college football will be here and the Colorado football program will square off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers; led by head coach Matt Rhule who's going into his second season with the school.

On the other hand, Deion Sanders will look to guide his Buffs to success as much as possible -- especially having the likes of his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders, two-way threat Travis Hunter, as well as expected new WR1 LaJohntay Wester.

But ESPN analyst Greg McElroy made a dramatic comment that goes way out of proportion surrounding the highly anticipated matchup.

"This game indicates to me whether or not a bounce back is possible,” McElroy said (h/t BuffsBeat). “If Nebraska loses this one at home, then what does year two really look like for Matt Rhule? Then you look at Colorado. If they go on the road and lose to Nebraska, then has the shine continued to wear off on Colorado's, and frankly Coach Prime's tenure?" 

One regular-season game does not define a season's team by any means. And by no stretch will it put somebody on the hot seat regardless of the result.

Regardless of how the media perceives the situation that'll not be taken into account by both coaches because there's more on the line than the second game of the 2024 campaign.

What happened during last season's outing between Nebraska and Colorado football?

This coming season's battle will be another chapter in their storied history dating back to the old Big 8 conference.

Last year back on September 9th, the Buffaloes were able to win by a commanding score of 36-14 putting the Cornhuskers away with a two-touchdown deficit.

Sanders threw for 393 yards completing 31/42 pass attempts, notching two TDs in the process. It was an outstanding performance by Coach Prime's son. Receivers Xavier Weaver and Hunter found the end zone too.

Nebraska's QB, Jeff Sims, amassed 106 throwing yards, converting 9/15 attempts, and used his legs for six points. But it was Heinrich Haarberg who picked up the touchdown in the air.

There are still a couple of months left until the season starts and the two universities will get to battle it out on the field — without the pressure of their season on the line.

It'd be the second game of the season for crying out loud.