Defensively, the Buffs are hoping to bottle up the ASU running back duo of Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, a pair of seniors that have put together great careers for the Sun Devils.

"(They are) both big physical running backs that can break out that have big play potential at any play at any time," linebacker Rick Gamboa said. "They break a lot of tackles, make a lot of people miss."

Richard has rushed for 2,554 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career, while Ballage, who went to Falcon High School just outside of Colorado Springs, has 1,693 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Even with that duo, ASU has not run the ball well this year. The Sun Devils rank 107th nationally with 122.0 yards per game on the ground, and their 3.03 yards per carry average ranks 126th.

CU has always managed to contain the duo. In three games against CU, Richard had 20 carries for 83 yards, while Ballage has 59 yards on 19 carries in two games. Neither one has ever reached the end zone against CU.

Trego nears return

Backup safety Kyle Trego has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but has been practicing and "looked good" on Wednesday.

"We've missed him because he really helps us a lot on special teams and also if we have any situation in the secondary, he can play safety or Buffs," head coach Mike MacIntyre said.

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Starting center Jonathan Huckins and reserve outside linebacker Terran Hasselbach are both progressing through concussion protocol. Huckins missed last week's game vs. Cal and Hasselbach was hurt in that game. ... If Huckins is unable to play, Tim Lynott will play center again, with guard Brett Tonz as the backup. ... True freshman defensive lineman Terrance Lang has gained 30 pounds since arriving and is up to 275. "He's back where he should be," MacIntyre said.

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