Dan Lanning was incredibly complimentary of Deion Sanders and the Colorado football program throughout the week. No need to create unnecessary drama before the game that would allow Colorado to fire itself up.

The tenor was different in the Oregon locker room before kickoff. Lanning was throwing haymakers.

“Rooted in substance, not flash. Today, we talk with our pads,” he told his team. “You talk with your helmet. Every moment. The Cinderella story is over, men. They’re fighting for clicks, we’re fighting for wins. There’s a difference. This game ain’t gonna be played in Hollywood, it’s gonna be played on the grass.”

The ABC broadcast crew showed that little behind-the-scenes moment after Oregon took a 21-0 lead on the Buffs in the first half.

Following Oregon’s third possession of the game, the Ducks had a 225-21 advantage in yardage over the Buffaloes. Colorado went three-and-out on two of its first three drives — possessions that combined to lose 14 total yards.

CU entered the game ranked 19th in the country after a 3-0 start. Under Deion Sanders, just about every moment of the season has been documented and shared on social media. It’s not something you typically see from major college football coaches, but Sanders’ has been uniquely himself in every regard since taking over the Buffs.

And in doing so, he has turned Boulder into the epicenter of college football over the first three weeks.

Oregon is looking to deal a dose of reality on Saturday in both teams’ Pac-12 opener.