Buffalo Breakdown

The Baylor Bears (4-2, 1-1) will face off with the Colorado Buffaloes (3-2, 0-1) this Saturday at 6:00 PM CST. Baylor is coming off a tough loss and needs this road win to keep their bowl dreams alive. The Buffaloes are coming off a defeat last weekend and want to prove that their early season success was no fluke. We take a look at what and who Baylor can expect to see this Saturday.

QB: Despite making a switch in the middle of last week's 26-0 loss to Missouri, Coach Dan Hawkins insists there is no QB controversy. Starter Tyler Hansen was pulled and replaced with Cody Hawkins, whom Coach Hawkins hoped would provide a spark for the offense. Before being pulled, Hansen was 15/21 for 117 yards. Hawkins came in and went 16/25 for 133 and an interception. For the season, Hansen has thrown for 833 yards, 5 TDs and 5 interceptions. He has a tendency to hold the ball too long resulting in 13 sacks already this season, including 3 against Missouri.

RB: Colorado's leading rusher is Rodney Stewart. So far this season, Stewart is averaging 4.7 yards per carry on 104 attempts and is averaging just under 100 yards per game. Last week, Stewart had to carry the rushing attack on his own due to the ankle in injury of Brian Lockridge that will likely keep him out against Baylor as well. Against Missouri, Stewart had 94 yards on 18 carries to go along with 6 catches for 34 yards out of the backfield.

WR: Senior Scotty McKnight is the Buffs' leading receiver. Last week he had a 5 catches for 72 yards and continued his 42 game streak of at least one reception. McKnight isn't big, but he is quick. Toney Clemmons is another receiving threat. Last week, Clemmons led the team with 6 catches and earlier this season had a 73 yard reception.

O-Line: Senior LT Nate Solder is a beast. A projected top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Solder is leading the team with 57 finishes and knockdown blocks. He's a 6'9" power that the Bears will have to find a way to work around. Another force on the line is senior RG Ryan Miller. Miller was named the 12th best guard in the country before this season started and is the only other person (along with Solder) to play every one of Colorado's 353 snaps this season. The rest of the line has been suspect at times and has already given up 14 sacks as a unit so far.

D-Line: Junior DE Josh Hartigan is leading the team so far with 3 sacks on the year. Against Mizzou, Hartigan also picked off a pass. Backup DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe came in last week and forced a fumble that nearly led to a CU score before Mizzou blocked a field goal attempt.

LB: CU uses a lot of different linebackers throughout the game. Jon Major led the team in tackles last week with 9, including 2 for a loss. MLB Michael Sipili has 1 sack and is averaging just under 6 tackles per game. BJ Beatty has 2 sacks and 3 TFLs this season as well.

DB: Safety Anthony Perkins is the team's leading tackler this season averaging 7.6 per game, but only had 2 last week. Perkins has forced a fumble and intercepted a pass as well. Cornerback Jalil Brown has 2 interceptions for the Buffs and recovered a fumble against Mizzou.

Misc. Stats: 57% Run/43% Pass
Time of Possession- 33:28 min/per game (#1 in the Big 12)
3rd Down Conversions- 48.1% (#1 in the Big 12)
Defensive 3rd Down Conversions- 31.1% (#2 in the Big 12)
Field Goals- 1/5 (#12 in the Big 12)

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