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Buffaloes at a glance
Record: 5-1, 2-1 Pac-12
Last week: Lost at USC, 31-20
Steven Montez, Jr.: 141-for-200, 1,590 yards, 11 TD, 3 INT
Sam Noyer, So.: 3-for-5, 14 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Travon McMillian, Sr.: 102 att., 560 yards, 4 TD
Beau Bisharat, Jr.: 21 att., 143 yards, 0 TD
Kyle Evans, Sr.: 43 att., 141 yards, 2 TD
Laviska Shenault, So.: 60 catches, 780 yards, 6 TD
KD Nixon, So.: 29 catches, 326 yards, 1 TD
Tony Brown, Jr.: 22 catches, 264 yards, 0 TD
LB Nate Landman, So.: 59 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 INT
DE Mustafa Johnson, So.: 44 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL
LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.: 44 tackles, 1 INT
5 Buffs to watch vs. Washington
WR Tony Brown: If Laviska Shenault doesn’t play, Brown’s presence becomes much more important. He’s been a solid No. 3 receiver this year, but the Buffs might need him to play a bigger role this week.
DE Mustafa Johnson: He has been CU’s most disruptive lineman, averaging about two tackles for loss each game, and leading the team with 5.5 sacks. He faces perhaps his toughest test, but has been great all season.
QB Steven Montez: Coming off the Buffs’ first loss of the season, it’s important for Montez to step up and lead the offense and lead the team in general. For CU to have a shot to win, he has to play well.
BUFF Davion Taylor: One of the most versatile players on the CU defense, he will be all over the field at times, rushing the passer, stopping the run and in pass coverage.
OL Brett Tonz: The Buffs’ starting left guard — and the rest of the starting group — has to bounce back after a tough game in Los Angeles. Washington has a stout defensive line, but the Buffs have to try to match their physicality.
Bottom line for CU
After a 5-0 start, the Buffaloes are looking to avoid a second straight defeat and slipping down the Pac-12 South standings. With odds against them, the Buffs are not expected to win this game, so finding a way to steal it would be huge for them. Win or lose, the Buffs need to play well and show they can stand up against one of the Pac-12’s best.
Huskies at a glance
Record: 5-2, 3-1 Pac-12
Last week: Lost at Oregon, 30-27 in overtime
Jake Browning, Sr.: 126-of-191, 1,751 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT
Jake Haener, Fr.: 7-for-7, 110 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Myles Gaskin, Sr.: 139 att., 623 yards, 5 TD
Salvon Ahmed, So.: 51 att., 319 yards, 4 TD
Kamari Pleasant, So.: 16 att., 105 yards, 1 TD
Aaron Fuller, Jr.: 37 catches, 589 yards, 2 TD
Andre Baccellia, Jr.: 17 catches, 211 yards, 0 TD
Ty Jones, So.: 16 catches, 322 yards, 5 TD
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr.: 93 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
CB Myles Bryant, Jr.: 40 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks,
S Taylor Rapp, Jr.: 34 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 3 fumble recoveries
5 Huskies to watch vs. CU
LB Ben Burr-Kirven: The senior is a tackle machine, leading the country with 13.29 per game. He doesn’t make many plays in the backfield, but he’s got a nose for the ball.
DL Greg Gaines: Among the best at his position in the Pac-12, Gaines is a force in the trenches, and the Buffs have to account for him on every play he’s in.
RB Myles Gaskin: The all-time leading rusher in UW history, he had 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Buffs last year.
WR Ty Jones: Has just 16 catches, but he’s the Huskies’ deep threat with five touchdowns and 20.1 yards per catch. After watch CU give up the deep ball last week, Washington could look Jones’ way a few times.
S Taylor Rapp: One of the best in the country, he makes plays all over the field, and the Buffs are all too familiar with him. He had two interceptions against CU in the 2016 Pac-12 title game.
Bottom line for Washington
Considered a contender for the College Football Playoff at the start of the year, the Huskies won’t reach that goal. But, the Pac-12 title is still very much in play. The Huskies can’t afford to lose at home, however. To keep pace in the North division, they have to take care of business against a team they’re supposed to beat.