Buffaloes at a glance

Record: 5-3, 2-3 Pac-12

Last week: Lost to Oregon State, 41-34 in OT

Statistical leaders

Passing

Steven Montez, Jr.: 182-for-267, 2,053 yards, 14 TD, 4 INT

Sam Noyer, So.: 3-for-5, 14 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

Jay MacIntyre, Sr.: 1-for-1, 31 yards

Rushing

Travon McMillian, Sr.: 147 att., 778 yards, 5 TD

Steven Montez, Jr.: 57 att., 226 yards, 4 TD

Kyle Evans, Sr.: 52 att., 167 yards, 2 TD

Receiving

Laviska Shenault, So.: 60 catches, 780 yards, 6 TD

KD Nixon, So.: 46 catches, 560 yards, 3 TD

Tony Brown, Jr.: 27 catches, 289 yards, 0 TD

Defense

LB Nate Landman, So.: 84 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 INT

LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.: 57 tackles, 1 INT

DE Mustafa Johnson, So.: 56 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL

5 Buffs to watch vs. Arizona

S Nick Fisher: His leadership in the back of the defense will be critical, as Evan Worthington could be out with a concussion and Kyle Trego will miss the first half because of a targeting penalty last week.

LB Nate Landman: The best playmaker on the defense, Landman great instincts and those will come into play against the talented Wildcats.


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QB Steven Montez: He's played well all year and needs to continue doing so this week. This game could come down to CU's confidence, and there's nobody on the team that impacts that more than Montez. If he plays calm and confident, he could make a big difference for his team.

WR KD Nixon: Coming off his best game, can he back it up with another strong performance? Whether or not Laviska Shenault plays, the Buffs will need Nixon to step up.

CB Trey Udoffia: The sophomore had a dismal second half against Oregon State and will look to bounce back this week against the Wildcats.

Bottom line for CU

It's a make or break week for Colorado. Riding a three-game losing streak and coming off a disastrous loss to Oregon State, the Buffs are in danger of seeing this season go into a completely nose dive. If they're able to rally, though, and get a win in Tucson, they can change the outlook for the rest of their season.

Wildcats at a glance

Record: 4-5, 3-3 Pac-12

Last week: Defeated No. 19 Oregon, 44-15

Statistical leaders

Passing

Khalil Tate, Jr.: 114-for-211, 1,604 yards, 14 TD, 5 INT

Rhett Rodriguez, So.: 41-for-79, 506 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT

Jamarye Joiner, Fr.: 3-for-4, 17 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT

Rushing

J.J. Taylor, So.: 167 att., 1,029 yards, 6 TD

Gary Brightwell, So.: 84 att., 474 yards, 2 TD

Khalil Tate, Jr.: 53 att., 138 yards, 2 TD

Receiving

Shun Brown, Sr.: 46 catches, 485 yards, 4 TD

Shawn Poindexter, Sr.: 32 catches, 582 yards, 6 TD

Tony Ellison, Sr.: 21 catches, 372 yards, 3 TD

Defense

LB Colin Schooler, So.: 92 tackles, 16 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INT

LB Tony Fields, So.: 63 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack

S Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Sr.: 39 tackles, 3 TFL, 7 PBU

5 Wildcats to watch vs. CU

DT PJ Johnson: At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, he's been a difference maker when healthy. At times, he has been a disruptive force up front.

WR Shawn Poindexter: Arizona's big-play receiver, he averages 18.2 yards per catch and leads the team with six touchdown catches. He will be a challenge for CU's secondary.

LB Colin Schooler: Arizona's top player maker on defense, he's among the national leaders in tackles, and is often in the backfield.

QB Khalil Tate: The junior had a monster game against the Buffs a year ago. Hobbled by an ankle injury much of the year, he looked healthy a week ago against Arizona. His ability to make plays with his arm and feet will be huge for Arizona.

RB J.J. Taylor: One of the best running backs in the Pac-12, Taylor has speed and quickness and the ability to put together a big game.

Bottom line for Arizona

A week ago, Arizona's bowl hopes looked bleak, needing to win three of their last four. Then, they thumped a top-20 opponent in Oregon. Now, they get a reeling Colorado team at home. Get this one, and the Wildcats carry momentum into their bye week and have to feel good about their bowl chances. Lose and their hopes of a bowl game will take a big hit.

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