Nick Castillo, who covers Texas State for the San Marcos Daily Record, provides his insight into this matchup with CU:

Two Bobcats key to this game

1. Damian Williams, QB: Williams will need to manage the offense against Colorado. He'll have to make sure the Bobcats are in the right formations, change protections, and he'll need to be sharp in the passing game to help them compete Saturday.

2. Easy Anyama, LB: Anyama is coming off a big performance against Houston Baptist. He recorded five tackles, including two sacks, and blocked a kick last week, and he'll be relied on to have a similar performance against Colorado.

Who they're talking about

CU players the Bobcats have talked most about this week:

1. Steven Montez, QB: The Bobcats want to force the ball out of Montez's hands to prevent them from getting gashed by Colorado's passing attack.

2. Phillip Lindsay, RB: Texas State's goal against the

Buffaloes is to prevent Lindsay from gaining yards after contact. The Bobcats expect to receive a heavy dose of Lindsay in the running game and they're willing to give up yards as long as they contain him from breaking a big run.

Key statistic for Texas State

Six: The Bobcats recorded six sacks in their season opener against Houston Baptist. Texas State only recorded nine sacks in 2016. The Bobcats can give themselves a chance against Colorado if they can generate a similar pass rush against the Buffaloes.


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Texas State can win this game if ...

If the Bobcats communicate with each other better than they did against HBU, they'll be able to better defend the Buffaloes. If Texas State's offense stays on schedule and doesn't get behind the chains, the Bobcats will be able to compete against Colorado.

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