5 Questions, Buffs-Sooners

Inside, 5 Questions about Saturday's game between Colorado and Oklahoma.

1) How do the CU players respond after victory?

The Buffs showed resilience after each of their first six games – all losses. Following a decisive victory at home over Texas Tech last weekend, the Buffs go into perhaps the toughest venue for opponents in the Big 12. Since 1999, Bob Stoops' first year at OU, the Sooners are 45-2 in Norman. But Colorado has played well against a good opponent in a storied venue this year. Georgia was ranked No. 9, when they had to come from behind and beat CU 14-13 in Athens in September.

2) How will AD's absence affect the game?

Adrian "All Day" Peterson is out, backups Allen Patrick and Jacob Gutierrez are in. Patrick is more of an inside runner, while Gutierrez will likely get more looks when OU goes out of its spread offense.

With Peterson, the Sooners were averaging 171 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the Buffs are giving up just 77 yards rushing per game.

3) How does Bernard Jackson fare vs. OU's defense?

Jackson is coming off his best-all around game in his young quarterbacking career at Colorado. Jackson threw for 151 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and ran for 54 yards in the win over TTU. Can he keep the OU defense off balance with his ability to run and throw?

4) What does Dan Hawkins do on fourth and short?

Hawkins has called for his offense to go for it on so many fourth downs this seasons, it's easy to lose track. Most of the efforts have come up short. Hawkins has said he's been going for it in order to kick-start the offense, build confidence, force it to make plays that are there for the taking. It was one way to get a team on a losing streak headed the other direction.

But in going for the first down on fourth, several times he's left points off the board by leaving kicker Mason Crosby on the sidelines. Now that CU has a win under its belt, will Crosby get his name called more in field goal situations?

5) Which linebacking unit will have the greatest impact? Both Colorado and Oklahoma have strong linebacker play.

Jordon Dizon (76), Thaddaeus Washington (61) and Brad Jones (42) are CU's top three tacklers this year, combining for 179 stops so far. Meanwhile, OU's pair of Rufus Alexander and Zach Latimer lead their team with 8 and 6 tackles per game, respectively.

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