The Bears' season has played out nearly to a direct opposite from the Buffaloes, one that saw the recently bewildered Bears drop their opening two games before just recently battling back to even out their record at 2-2, while playing arguably the best football the school has seen from it's most prominent Big 12 program in recent years. Similarly to Colorado, the Bears are also coming off a week off after their last game by a score of 27-6 against Division I-AA's Sam Houston State.
The Buffaloes hold an 8-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Bears and have won the last five meetings overall, including a 34-0 victory in Boulder a year ago. Both teams are currently tied for a fourth place position in the highly competitive Big 12 North.
Keys to the Game
Control Baylor's ground game or, more specifically, Rashad Armstrong. The Baylor tailback is averaging close to 5 yards per carry on over ninety carries this season. Armstrong was equally as much of a factor in the teams' most recent win. The Bears rallied behind the strong rushing performance Armstrong against Sam Houston State, gaining a game-high 125 yards and two scores. Armstrong averaged 5.7 ypc in the win and although he hauled in just one reception, he was able to break that catch for 53 yards. Colorado's defense isn't accustomed to giving up much on the ground thus far this season. The Buffs have allowed a stingy 93.8 yards per game against opponents this season, working out to a 2.3 yards per carry average. Armstrong is no triple threat, but Colorado can't let him surprise them and allow the Bears to dictate tempo in the game.
Attack the Baylor secondary. As of Friday evening Joel Klatt was officially posted as questionable, but those close to the team expect the national phenomenon to suit up and start. If he does, the Buffs need to take full advantage of his presence. A win over Baylor has to be more than a check in the left column of the schedule, it needs to be statement. Klatt has shown that kind of dominance all season long, throwing for 708 yards, six touchdowns, all without lobbing a single pick all season. The Bear defense is weak in general, but is definitely most vulnerable in its secondary. Look for Colorado to balance a steady dose of Bobby Purify with the vertical ball that will test Baylor's safeties all game long. Klatt may be robbed of his first interception of the season, but in the end CU will have earned the win they'll need to get back on track for the heart of their Big 12 schedule which is still to come