2. Pro­tect­ing Li­u­fau

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1. Must start quickly

Any­one who watched the Ap­ple Cup knows how quickly Wash­ing­ton can light up the score­board. Be­fore Wash­ing­ton State knew what hap­pened, the Huskies had built a 28-3 lead in the first quar­ter. As pro­duc­tive as CU’s of­fense has been at times, it isn’t built to dig out of that deep a hole. The Buffs have ex­celled all sea­son in keep­ing games tight, and they must ab­sorb Wash­ing­ton’s big shots early. Wash­ing­ton is among the na­tion’s best teams at bring­ing sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure with its front four, al­low­ing a tal­ented sec­ondary to blan­ket re­ceivers and force mis­takes. The Buffs must be able to han­dle the rush of Wash­ing­ton’s de­fen­sive line and force the Huskies to bring ex­tra pass rush­ers if they want to get to Li­u­fau, thus cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­ceivers to win out­side matchups.

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