5 Questions, Buffs-Tigers

Inside, five questions about Saturday's game between the Buffs and the Tigers.

1) Can the Colorado defense contain Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel?
Daniel is a threat to throw and run out of Missouri's shotgun spread offense. The sophomore is off to a terrific start in his first year as starter in Columbia. The Buffs' defense struggled against Montana State's shotgun look, and Georgia's second quarterback, Joe Cox, was effective running his team out of the shotgun, too.

On top of that, Missouri runs a no-huddle offense, which can wear down defenses. The Buffs will need to keep Daniel from getting into a rhythm Saturday.

2) Will Bernard Jackson take another step?
The junior quarterback began to get comfortable vs. Georgia, no doubt about it. He was a different player than the one he was just two weeks earlier in his first start vs. Colorado State. The offense needs B-Jack to continue to grow up in a hurry.

3) Can the Buffs run on this Missouri defense?
The Tigers are allowing 43 yards per game on the ground. With the CU passing game still in its learning stages, the Buffs must establish the run Saturday. Something's gotta give.

4) Speaking of the passing game, what will Mark Helfrich have up his sleeve?
When putting together his game plan a week ago, the CU offensive coordinator noticed a tendency in Georgia's defense and thought CU could move the chains by using its tight ends in the passing game. It worked. Riar Geer was open most of the game and hauled in seven catches. Has Helfrich found a hole in Missouri's defense the Buffs can exploit?

5) What's the Buffs' emotional state following the heartbreaker in Athens?
As bad as 0-3 was, being that close to winning at Georgia, but failing to finish the job could've been devastating. If the mood of the team during practice this past week is an indication, however, the coaches have done a remarkable job of keeping the team united, positive and looking forward. While at the same time, keeping the heat on about correcting mistakes and getting better.

And there's the fact that this is the beginning of Big 12 play. The Colorado players appear to believe they're contenders in the North Division. But you wonder if doubts linger in the back of their minds after an 0-4 start.

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