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Buffaloes at a glance
Record: 4-0, 1-0 Pac-12
Last week: Defeated UCLA, 38-16
Steven Montez, Jr.: 91-for-120, 1,092 yards, 9 TD, 2 INT
Sam Noyer, So.: 3-for-5, 14 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Travon McMillian, Sr.: 54 att., 392 yards, 4 TD
Beau Bisharat, Jr.: 21 att., 143 yards, 0 TD
Kyle Evans, Sr.: 33 att., 121 yards, 1 TD
Laviska Shenault, So.: 38 catches, 581 yards, 4 TD
KD Nixon, So.: 18 catches, 192 yards, 1 TD
Tony Brown, Jr.: 14 catches, 179 yards, 0 TD
LB Nate Landman, So.: 43 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 INT
LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.: 30 tackles, 1 INT
DE Mustafa Johnson, So.: 27 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 7.5 TFL
5 Buffs to watch vs. ASU
WR Tony Brown: In the last couple of games, Brown has emerged as a top weapon for quarterback Steven Montez. With Laviska Shenault getting a lot of attention, Brown could have a big day.
S Nick Fisher: The entire CU secondary will have to be on its game against ASU receiver N’Keal Harry. As safety, Fisher will be important in trying to prevent the big plays in the passing game.
LB Nate Landman: Colorado has to stop the run, and that means Landman and the front seven has to play well. Landman has been a beast so far this season, and needs to be at his best.
C Colby Pursell: ASU’s defensive line likes to move around a lot before the snap. Pursell has to be ready for that, and keep his composure throughout the game.
PK James Stefanou: The sophomore missed a couple of pressure kicks against Nebraska in Week 2. If this one is as tight as expected, he may be called up on to deliver some crucial field goals.
Bottom line for CU
This is a crucial Pac-12 game for the Buffs, facing a South division contender at home. With two difficult road games — at USC and Washington — following this one, holding serve at home is important for CU. Winning this one puts the Buffs at 2-0 in the conference with a chance to really take command of the South next week at USC. Lose it, and it could be the start of a tough stretch in October.
Sun Devils at a glance
Record: 3-2, 1-1 Pac-12
Last week: Defeated Oregon State, 52-24
Manny Wilkins, Sr.: 108-for-170, 1,224 yards, 10 TD, 1 INT
Eno Benjamin, So.: 98 att., 595 yards, 5 TD
Manny Wilkins, Sr.: 34 att., 143 yards, 2 TD
Isaiah Floyd, So.: 20 att., 109 yards, 1 TD
N’Keal Harry, Jr.: 31 catches, 419 yards, 5 TD
Eno Benjamin, So.: 21 catches, 154 yards, 2 TD
Kyle Williams, Jr.: 18 catches, 210 yards, 1 TD
LB Merlin Robertson, Fr.: 30 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks
S Jalen Harvey, Sr.: 30 tackles, 1 TFL
CB Chase Lucas, So.: 20 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT
5 Sun Devils to watch vs. CU
RB Eno Benjamin: The sophomore had a school-record 314 yards last week against Oregon State. Last year, he came off the bench against the Buffs and his best game (52 yards), including his only touchdown of the 2017 season.
C Cohl Cabral: One of the top centers in the conference this season, he’s the leader of an offensive line that’s playing well. His ability to stop CU’s Javier Edwards and the rest of the line will be key.
WR N’Keal Harry: The best receiver CU has seen all season, Harry is also used as a runner at times. He’ll be a focal point of the ASU offense.
LB Merlin Robertson: Just a freshman, he’s been a play-maker all season in the middle of the defense and will be a key to stopping CU’s run game and generating pressure on the QB.
CB Kobe Williams: This season, the receivers he has covered have been targeted just 12 times for only 75 yards. He has allowed just six yards after the catch.
Bottom line for ASU
Much like Colorado, this is a critical game for the Sun Devils if they are to be a contender for the South division title. Having already lost a conference game – at Washington – ASU can’t afford to drop another this early in the season. The Sun Devils also need to figure out how to win on the road.