Colorado’s offensive keys to the game at Air Force

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Karl Dorrell and his young Buffs spoke of an offseason full of improvement on the offensive side of the ball. After failing to deliver on that offseason chatter in Week 1, it’s time for Colorado’s offense to step up in Saturday’s matchup with the Air Force Falcons.

There were some positives that were lost in the TCU onslaught, such as improvement by the offensive line in the running game. To secure a win in Colorado Springs, there must be a rapid improvement by the offense.

Click on for our three keys on the offensive side of the ball for the Buffaloes in Week 2.

Capitalize on the running game

Colorado had success on the ground in the first half against TCU. Colorado’s offense line seemed to be improved from last season and was able to get push up front to open up running lanes for both the running backs and Brendon Lewis. The option game was a welcomed sight given the personnel that started the game for CU. If Colorado can control the line of scrimmage, it will help either QB that gets the call.

Stability at quarterback

The coaches have to decide what type of team they want the Buffs to be. This will largely dictate the QB that is tabbed to be the starter moving forward. CU kept TCU off balance with its run game in the first half, utilizing a mix of the spread option, the power run game and play action. The Buffaloes were able to move the ball and both QBs were hit or miss in the passing game, with Lewis hitting a big pass on the first drive, but mostly checking down after that. Shrout had happy feet in the pocket but also led the Buffs to their only touchdown of the game. Whoever the coaches tab as the starter must show improvement if the Buffs want to win.

Commit to an offensive philosophy

Building off my previous argument, the coaches need to show commitment to their offensive philosophy. After having success in the first half running the ball, CU opened the second half with 12 passing plays on its first 15 offensive plays. After this set of offensive plays, the game went from a 7-6 game to a 24-6 blowout. Coaches have to dedicate themselves to an offensive game plan in order to steal a win on the road.

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