5 Questions, Buffs-Red Raiders

Inside, five questions about Saturday's Colorado-Texas Tech matchup.

1) Can Colorado's running game take another step forward?

Last week against Baylor, the trio of Buffalo tailbacks rushed for 177 yards. Quarterback Bernard Jackson added 93 yards on the ground. It all added up to the Buffs' best rushing effort of the season. Texas Tech, meanwhile, has been mediocre against the rush. They're giving up 143 yards a game to opposing rushers.

2) What will the Buffs do to try and slow Tech's potent passing attack?

Look for CU to mix it up on defense in an effort to keep Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Graham Harrell and the TTU offense off balance. It'll come down to a guessing game for CU defensive coordinator Ron Collins, in terms of when to pressure and when to fall back. Teams that have guessed right — TCU and Missouri — have been effective against Texas Tech.

3) Will Bernard Jackson shake off last week's poor passing day?

Jackson has progressed each week under center, but threw three interceptions — two his fault, including the game-ending pick — and was off target on a number of other throws last Saturday. The Colorado offense needs Jackson to not only avoid mistakes, but also be able to stretch the field some.

4) Will we see improvement on CU's special teams?

The Buffs have yet to put together an all-around solid effort on special teams this season. Either a mistake in the return, punt or placekicking arena has put the Buffs in a hole at least once in almost every game this fall. Some big plays here could go a long way toward keeping Colorado in what's likely to be a shootout.

5) Who will be the next Colorado receiver to break double-digit catches? Prior to the season, few would have predicted that midway through the schedule, redshirt-freshman tight end Riar Geer would lead the Buffs in receptions with 17, and that he'd be the only receiver with double-digit catches. Patrick Williams (9), Alvin Barnett (9) and Dusty Sprague (7) could join Geer in that category Saturday.