Colorado’s defensive keys to the game at Air Force

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On paper, the Colorado Buffaloes’ defense features a strong front seven and a young secondary that is expected to struggle. But from what I saw in the first game, the exact opposite of what we expected to see happen, happened. The young Buffaloes in the secondary more than held their own while TCU owned the ground attack in the second half.

CU’s defense now faces one of the best rushing attacks in all of college football on Saturday in the form of the Air Force Falcons.

Click on to read our three defensive keys to the games for the Buffs.

The front seven needs to play better

Air Force ran the ball 52 times for over 500 yards in Week 1 vs. Northern Iowa. Expecting the Falcons to run is akin to expecting the sun to rise in the morning. The front seven for the Buffaloes has to stay disciplined against a rushing attack that prays on defenders being out of position. If the Colorado front seven can control the line of scrimmage and hold Air Force’s run game in check, it will go a long way toward an upset win.

DBs have to stay engaged

Air Force QB Haaziq Daniels has shown the ability to make plays down the field in the passing game. If the DBs for Colorado are preoccupied with defending the run or are lulled to sleep by a constant ground attack, then a big play could be made passing the ball. Care must be taken by the DBs to stick to the game plan and be in the right position when Air Force goes to the passing game.

Coaches have to communicate adjustments

TCU found a hole in the Buffaloes’ defensive scheme and Colorado coaches were slow to make adjustments. Air Force has a more straightforward, yet difficult attack that will force Karl Dorrell and his staff to stay on their toes.

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