CU linebackers/secondary vs. UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

As a sophomore last year, he displayed his big-play potential and was on pace for a monster season before a foot injury against the Buffs ended his season. This year, the Bruins are playing Wilson in different spots, but he's also drawing more attention from defenses and that has limited his production.

CU WR Laviska Shenault vs. UCLA cornerbacks

Shenault has had a dominating season to this point and has the ability to put up big numbers against just about anyone. UCLA, meanwhile, has struggled at times with its pass defense and has given QBs time to throw.

CU defensive line vs. UCLA offensive line

UCLA has allowed a conference-worst 4.0 sacks per game, and the opposition has generated a lot of pressure up the middle with the defensive line. The Buffs' defensive front has played well this season, led by Mustafa Johnson (3.5 sacks), and their ability to get heat on the quarterback will be important.

CU RB Travon McMillian vs. UCLA front seven

McMillian has already had two big games and shown his explosiveness with touchdown runs of 49 and 75 yards. CU's run game has been up and down, but this game is an opportunity to get the run going. UCLA is ninth in the Pac-12 against the run (174.3 yards per game allowed), with giving up 11 rushing touchdowns.


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