Colorado vs. Washington preview

Colorado takes a 21-game out-of-state losing streak into today's game.

Once again, the Colorado Buffaloes will try to put a stop their losing road losing streak.

Following last week's loss at Stanford, the Buffs have lost 21 straight when leaving the state.

Next up is today's meeting at Washington. Here's a look at the matchup with the Huskies ...

COLORADO (1-5, 0-2) AT WASHINGTON (4-1, 2-0)

When/Where: Today, 1:30 p.m. MDT, at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

The series: The series is tied 5-5-1. The Buffs are 3-2-1 in Seattle, but the last win there came in 1989.

Last week: Colorado lost at Stanford 48-7. Washington had a bye.

Last year: CU was 5-7. Washington was 7-6 and won the Holiday Bowl.

Strength vs. weakness: This season, CU has thrown the ball well, ranking 43rd nationally with 254.8 yards per game. Washington, meanwhile, ranks 117th out of 120 FBS schools in pass defense, allowing 323.0 yards per game.

Short fields: CU's opponents have started drives, on average, at their own 36-yard-line. Of the 69 drives by opponents, 15 have started in CU territory. Opponents have run at least one play in CU territory on 65.2 percent of their drives (45 of 69) and also had two long scores. CU's offense, on the other hand, has averaged starting on its own 28 and has started just five drives in enemy territory.

Green Buffs: CU has played 13 true freshmen this year -- its highest total since 1984. This is just third time since 1984 that at least 10 true freshman have played for CU (11 in 2002 and 10 in 1984 and 2000).

Husky to keep an eye on: QB Keith Price. Coming into this week, Price ranked second nationally with 17 touchdowns (Baylor's Robert Griffin III had 19). Going against CU's banged up and inexperienced secondary, he could have a field day. Price's 173.7 QB rating is seventh nationally.

Buff to keep an eye on: RB Rodney Stewart. Washington has the 23rd-ranked rushing defense in the country (104.0 yards per game) and CU ranks 109th in rushing offense (94.5 per game). If Washington shuts down the run, it could be a long day for CU. But, if Stewart can bust loose and keep the chains moving on the ground, the Buffs could be in line for an upset. Stewart will also be a big factor in the short passing game.

Did you know?: CU has averaged just 78.0 rushing yards in its last three meetings with the Huskies. Washington has averaged 182.7 rushing yards in those games, including two 205-yard games.

This and that: CU is 10-4-2 all-time on Oct. 15. ... The Buffs rank 10th nationally in quarterbacks sacks (18), but rank 97th in sacks allowed (16). ... Both teams rank among the best in protecting the ball. CU has just six turnovers (14th), while Washington has just seven (21st). ... Starting with last week's game at Stanford, CU is in the midst of a five-game stretch where its opponents' combined record is 22-4 (and none of them have more than one loss going into this week). ... CU quarterback Tyler Hansen needs 241 yards to become the seventh player in CU history with 5,000 total yards of offense in his career. With 306 yards today, he would pass Mike Moschetti and John Hessler for sixth place in school history. ... Since making his first six field goals, CU freshman Will Oliver is just 2-for-5, with two of those being blocked. ... Washington's Chris Polk has 15 career 100-yard rushing games (four this year). In school history, only Napoleon Kaufman has had more (17).

How the Huskies can win: Use their weapons. With Price and Polk leading the way, Washington has scored at least 30 points in every game. CU's defense ranks 100th in scoring (allowing 33.3 points per game).

How the Buffs can win: Run the ball. CU has topped the century mark in rushing yards three times this season -- and those were the Buffs three best games: a win against CSU and narrow home losses to Cal and Washington State. In the three games against Hawaii, Ohio State and Stanford (all at least 17-point losses), CU averaged just 51.0 rushing yards per game.


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