CU corners vs. CSU receivers
With Preston Williams (6-4, 210), Olabisi Johnson (6-0, 2-3) and Warren Jackson (6-6, 219), the Rams have three big, talented receivers. CU has talented corners, but not much experience. Trey Udoffia and Dante Wigley both started seven games last year, but Isaiah Oliver — now with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons — often covered the top target. Delrick Abrams Jr. and Chris Miller may have been the two best corners in camp, but neither has played a game for the Buffs.
CU receivers vs. CSU corners
Much like the Rams, the Buffs are loaded with talented receivers. CSU was 97th against the pass last year, and got shredded by Hawaii’s passing attack last week. CU’s Kabion Ento, Jay MacIntyre, Laviska Shenault, Juwann Winfree and others could team up for a big day.
CU defensive line vs. CSU offensive line
The Buffs had a tough year up front in 2017, but believe they’ve got better tools this year. Returners Javier Edwards, Jase Franke, Chris Mulumba and Lyle Tuiloma have shown improvement, but it’s the new guys that make the group intriguing. JUCO transfer Mustafa Johnson and true freshman Israel Antwine earned starting jobs and redshirt freshman Terrance Lang is expected to play.
CU RBs Kyle Evans and Travon McMillian vs. CSU’s defense
This is the first game in the post-Phillip Lindsay era. Evans and McMillian figure to get the bulk of the carries and the Buffs will look to establish the run with them. CSU gave up 199 yards on the ground last week, but 96 came from the quarterbacks. The Hawaii running backs had 103 yards on 23 yards.