After three consecutive weeks of getting slapped around by the Pac-12 Conference, the Colorado football team gets a break this week.

Not that the Buffs (2-3, 0-3 Pac-12) view Saturday's date with Charleston Southern (7-0, 1-0 FCS Big South), ranked No. 24 in the Football Championship Subdivision, as an easy one.

"We don't take a break on anything," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "We're a program that's trying to climb the mountain. It's going to be a tough game."

Charleston Southern is a lower-division team, but the Buffs aren't at a point where they can take a game like this for granted. As they did last month when they played another FCS team, Central Arkansas, the Buffs will express plenty of respect for the Buccaneers this week.

"They're 7-0, which means they know how to win," CU receiver Paul Richardson said. "We've got to come out and we've got to fight."

CU has been beat up the past three weeks, losing by a combined score of 155-46. The 51.7 points per game the Buffs have allowed in Pac-12 play is actually worse than the 47.9 points they allowed in their conference games a year ago.

To this point, Charleston Southern has not shown the ability to put up those types of numbers.

Although 7-0, the Bucs have averaged just 26.4 points per game, with a season-high of 32 in the opener. The Bucs have averaged 381.3 yards per game, though, and MacIntyre said their offense will present some challenges.

"They run an option offense out of the gun," he said. "Kind of like a pistol option offense; more veer related and speed-option related. The quarterback (Daniel Crogan III) can throw it pretty good, too."

CU defeated Central Arkansas (currently No. 20 in FCS), 38-24, on Sept. 7. MacIntyre expects a better test on Saturday.

"This team is a really good football team," he said. "They're a better football team than Central Arkansas and that was a heck of a football game."

After canceling a Sept. 14 date with Fresno State because of flooding in Boulder, the Buffs searched the country to find a replacement opponent for this Saturday. Charleston Southern was the only team willing to do it.

"That tells me they've got a little chip, a little fight in them," MacIntyre said.

While CU will heap praise upon Charleston Southern this week, the Buffs know that they have to use this game to get back on track.

The goal of getting to a bowl game, while maybe slipping away, is still out there. But, the Buffs' confidence has taken a hit after three consecutive blowout losses.

"It'll be a good game as far as testing our composure and testing our fight to see how much we have in the tank," Richardson said. "Every game is huge because every game puts us that much further (away) or that much closer to getting a bowl game. We're running out of chances, so we need to start picking up some Ws.

"We need to perform well, desperately. We haven't been performing well the past few weeks and it has shown."

Notable

The Arizona at Colorado game on Oct. 26 will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network and will kickoff at 6 p.m.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.

CU vs. Charleston Southern

When/where: Saturday, Noon at Folsom Field

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/850-AM KOA

The Buccaneers at a glance

2013 record: 7-0, 1-0 in FCS Big South

Last week: Won at Virginia Military Institute, 25-17

Head coach: Jamey Chadwell, 1st season (7-0, 32-21 for his career)

Key players: LB Calvin Bryant, Sr., 5-11, 222; QB Danny Croghan III, Fr., 6-4, 220; DB Demaris Freeman, Jr., 6-0, 205; WR Kevin Glears, Jr., 6-0, 180; DL Will Hunt, Sr., 6-5, 253; DB Elijah Lee, Sr., 5-10, 179; RB Christian Reyes, Jr., 5-10, 218; RB Ben Robinson, Fr., 5-7, 170; WR Donte Sumpter, So., 5-9, 185.

Notable: The Bucs moved up to No. 24 in the latest FCS coaches poll. ... CSU's seven wins are already its most since going 7-5 in 2008, and it matches the second-best single-season win total in school history. ... CSU is looking to match the school-best 9-0 start it had in 2006. ... The Bucs are just two seasons removed from a winless (0-11) campaign. ... The combined record of CSU's opponents is 11-32, with Division II North Greenville (4-2) being the only winning team the Bucs have defeated. ... Five of CSU's seven wins have been decided by a single score (eight points or less). ... Croghan, a redshirt freshman, has started the last two games at quarterback in place of injured starter Malcolm Dixon, who hurt his knee on Sept. 28 vs. Appalachian State.