CU QB Steven Montez vs. Nebraska's defense

This is a big test for Montez, who played well in the opener last week. Nebraska figures to be a tougher challenge than CSU, but the Buffs are counting on Montez to operate the offense with the same type of command he had a week ago.

CU OLB Drew Lewis and Buff Davion Taylor vs. Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez

While Colorado will use several players at times, it's likely to be Lewis and Taylor setting the edge. Both have to be disciplined against the speedy Martinez and the read option offense that CU expect Nebraska to use. Bottle up Martinez, and it could be a long day for the Husker offense.

CU linemen vs. Nebraska linemen

So much of this game depends on the trenches. CU's offensive and defensive lines were both really good against Colorado State last week, but this could be a different animal. The Buffs got beat a lot in the trenches a year ago, and this will be a real test to see if they are better up front than a year ago. CU has to be able to run the ball on offense and get some disruptive play from the defensive line.

CU CB Delrick Abrams Jr. vs. Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

Abrams had a really good start to his CU career last week, locking down talented CSU receiver Preston Williams. Morgan is a step or two above that level and presents a different type of challenge for Abrams.

CU receivers vs. Nebraska corners


Colorado State couldn't cover Colorado's KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault last week. Do the Cornhuskers have players who can? That's going to be a key just about week for CU opponents. If the Buffs are able to get open and make some plays downfield, it could be a great day for the CU offense.