Colorado’s offense begins and ends with the success of 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior Sefo Liufau. The quarterback has only completed about 59 percent of his passes for a little over thousand yards while throwing for five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Liufau is extremely inconsistent and there has been some media whispers in Colorado about how truly secure his job is, but the potential for his success is too high to bench him.
Colorado can’t win without Liufau playing well and he has the arm to succeed, but his ability to pick up the mental aspect of the game is what has stopped him from reaching that next level.
In order to make life easier for Liufau, Colorado has used a two running back attack. It could actually be three, but Michael Adkins has been out the last few weeks with a hamstring injury and is questionable for this weekend.
Sophomore Phillip Lindsay has 55 carries for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He has solid speed with six runs of over 10 yards and is probably the best back on the roster right now in terms of making defenders miss.
The Buffs will also give carries to 6-foot-0, 235-pound senior Christian Powell. As you can tell from his size, Powell is more of a power back and a guy that is going to get the ball when Colorado is in short yardage situations.
The best weapons on the team are at wide receiver. Senior Nelson Spruce has been one of the better receivers in the conference and leads Colorado with 31 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown.
He is easily the best big play threat on the team, as shown by the fact that his 16 catches for 10 yards or more are ten more than the next receiver.
That next receiver is 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore Shay Fields. He has 19 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
The issue is that Colorado doesn’t have much beyond that and Liufau completes such a low percentage that it is difficult for another receiver to step up.
Due to the fact that Liufau can have trouble reading opposing defenses, a lot of his passes are screen and check down, which is why Lindsay is third on the team with 10 receptions.
Colorado’s offensive line is inconsistent like the rest of its offense, as Liufau has been sacked nine times.
If Colorado is going to have any success on offense, it is going to have to get the passing game going.
That may sound unusual for an Arizona opponent, but the Buffs’ running backs aren’t nearly as good as the majority of backs the Wildcats have seen so far this season.