Today, Stanford will become the next team to try to slow down the Colorado offense, something that only USC has been able to accomplish.

The Buffs rank 22nd nationally in scoring (39.0 points per game), 14th in total offense (515.3 yards per game), 31st in rushing (214.9) and 10th in passing efficiency (161.63 rating).

Quarterback Sefo Liufau said this week that one of the keys to the offense this season has been the ability to keep the defense guessing.

"I think a lot of our plays look very similar to the defense," Liufau said. "And sometimes it's us passing and sometimes it's us running. And I think that keeps them off balance a lot and keeps them guessing. The fact that we go at such a high tempo adds a little more stress to them and a little bit more pressure.

"For us, we do it every day in practice, so it's not anything crazy for us; we just get up on the ball and we run up on the ball and run the next play. But for them, even with a scout team, I think the team closest to being able to possibly replicate a fast-tempo offense is Oregon, and we've already played them, and even their defense struggled against us."

Of course, it also helps that the Buffs simply have great players on that side of the ball. The offensive line has played well, Liufau is enjoying his best season, running back Phillip Lindsay is playing his best ball, and receivers, such as Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross, have been spectacular.

"(The offense) just gives us a lot more options and the offense is a lot more spread out," Lindsay said.


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"And, we've got people making big plays. Coach (Darrin Chiaverini) and coach (Brian) Lindgren did a great job of coming in and implementing what they wanted and now we just had to go in there and execute, which we have so far."

Notable

  • When the week began, CU was a 3.5-point underdog, and the line stayed around there all week. This morning, the Buffs are now a 1-point favorite against the Cardinal.
  • CU is looking to extend its nation-leading streak to 20 consecutive games forcing a turnover. The Buffs have forced a turnover in each game since Jim Leavitt was hired as defensive coordinator. The next longest streak belongs to No. 1 Alabama, at 19 games.
  • A fast start has been key to the Buffs this season. In fact, they lead the country with 92 first-quarter points (Texas Tech is second, with 91). The Buffs generally don't wait long to score, either. They've scored touchdowns on their opening drive in five of seven games. The opposition has yet to score on the opening drive.
  • Stanford, meanwhile, has struggled to score in any quarter. During the last four games combined, the Cardinal offense has scored a total of four touchdowns. The defense has three touchdowns in those games.
  • CU is the only Power 5 school in the country that has three receivers ranked in the top 10 in its conference in yards per game.
Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.