The Colorado Buffaloes will host Sacramento State on Saturday at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., and while the Hornets should be an easily beatable opponent, the Buffs have plenty of areas in which they need to focus on improving, says David Gerhardt at The Ralphie Report. Establishing the run game should be No. 1 on the list of priorities.
The entire Colorado Offense vs. Running the Damn Ball - Everyone knows this is important. All of the coaches have stated that our performance last week was unacceptable. Coach Marshall took responsibility for his line's dismal performance, and I hope his players took that to heart. They spent most of the last game not on the same page and that cannot happen again. They need to sustain their blocks and get a push in the run game. The fullbacks weren't bad, but the tight ends also need to step up their game. They claim that this was the worst they looked in the past few months, and hopefully they are telling the truth and it was a terrible, depressing fluke.
In addition to running the ball, Ralphie Report lists a few other key matchups (in most cases, the Buffs are their own enemy):
The CU Receivers vs. The Dropsies The Young Running Backs vs. Earning Opportunities Colorado DBs vs. Growing up Quickly Colorado's Front Seven vs. The Run CU Defense vs. Forcing Turnovers The Kick Coverage team
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.