CU offensive tackles. Texas State pass rushers
The season opener was not a good week for CU's offensive line, and its starting tackles — Josh Kaiser on the left, Aaron Haigler on the right — had their struggles. Kaiser was filling in for suspended senior Jeromy Irwin and did a solid job, but also gave up two sacks. Haigler allowed one sack. Texas State had just nine sacks last year (ranking 127th out of 128 FBS teams), but had six in the opener. Linebacker Easy Anyama had two of them and was named Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week.
CU receivers vs. Texas State secondary
This is an opportunity for CU to get its receivers going with some down-field passing. Texas State had a lot of youth in the secondary, and CU's senior, veteran receivers should be able to take advantage of that. If they do, there could be a lot of big plays for the Buffs through the air.
CU linebacker Drew Lewis vs. Texas State QB Damian Williams
Last week, Lewis spent most of his night making life miserable for CSU quarterback Nick Stevens. Lewis hit Stevens hard several times on blitzes. He didn't have any sacks, but he had three QB pressures. Williams is a much different type of quarterback, but the athletic Lewis should be able to track the athletic Williams all afternoon. Certainly others on defense will help out, but it'll be interesting to see how much Lewis focuses on Williams.
CU running back Michael Adkins vs. his injury history
Adkins is the clear No. 2 running back at this point, behind Phillip Lindsay. He's been a brilliant runner for CU in the past, but it's been a long time since we've seen Adkins really bust through. He had 119 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 win against UMass in 2015, and then was injured on his first carry of the next game. In nearly two years since that UMass game, Adkins has 15 carries for 47 yards. If CU pulls away, we could see a lot of Adkins, giving him an opportunity to shine.