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Colorado’s defensive keys to the game against Colorado State

In Colorado’s Week 1 shootout against the TCU Horned Frogs, the Buffaloes’ defense was opportunistic and made the plays it needed to make but ultimately gave up a lot of points and yardage.

That same defense took a step forward as it harassed Nebraska’s offense to the tune of 14 points and four turnovers. Will Colorado’s defense continue to rise, or will it take a step back against the Colorado State Rams? With it being the Rocky Mountain Showdown, I’m confident that the Buffs’ defense will show up and show out. Below are my keys to Colorado’s defense in Saturday’s Week 3 game vs. CSU:

Keep that 0 in CSU's score column as long as possible

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Colorado’s defense held Nebraska scoreless for the entire first half while the Buffs’ offense got off to a slow start. If the defense can replicate that on Saturday, CU will be sitting pretty.

Continue to build up the pass rush

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After not getting any sacks against the Horned Frogs, the Buffs racked up two sacks against Nebraska’s heavy run offense. If Colorado can build an early lead, the Buffs’ D-line should be able to pin back their ears and get after the Rams QB Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi.

Keep those turnovers coming

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Colorado has gotten three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in its first two games. Those game-changing plays need to continue. Turnovers are backbreakers, especially for a team that is a heavy underdog.

Play your responsibilities and don't get tricked

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The Buffs are facing a QB that they won’t have a lot of film on in Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi. The redshirt freshman played a handful of snaps last year but looked good in the second half against Washington State. CSU will try to protect him by running the ball but should have some gadget plays up its sleeve for a rivalry game, CU must play its responsibilities and not allow those gadget plays to score.

Bring down the ball carrier as soon as he's hit

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Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

CU’s tackling was much better in Week 2 and this trend has to continue. The easiest way for an underdog to get some momentum is to break arm tackles. The Buffs need to be engaged and bring down the ball carrier as soon as they get their hands on them.

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