Losing the battle up front

A weak Texas A&M defense represents another opportunity this week for a bumbling Colorado offense that has been unable move the ball and score points with any consistency this season.

Colorado football fans have to feel like the kid who didn't get invited to the party this fall

With most other Big 12 Conference offenses producing at high levels in 2008, the Buffs continue to struggle just to score at all. The Buffs are coming off their first shutout in 20 years as they prepare to travel to Texas A&M this week for a matchup with, perhaps, the weakest defense in the conference.

Sure, it's a road game in one of the most difficult places to play in the nation, but if the Buffs can't move the ball this week against the sieve that is the Aggie defense, CU probably won't ever get on track this season.

The Aggies rank 106th in rushing defense, 109th in scoring defense and 103rd in total defense after their first eight games this season. They are allowing teams an average of 432 yards a game, and the Colorado offense has yet to eclipse 400 yards of total offense in a game this season.

The Aggies are allowing 34.5 points a game and in their first four Big 12 Conference games, that average has risen to 44.5 points per game.

The numbers are as brutal on the defensive side for Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman as they are on the offensive side for CU coach Dan Hawkins.

This ought to be a week in which the Buffs at least can build a little confidence. Of course, that was the prevailing wisdom last week leading up to a 58-0 loss to Missouri, which came into the game ranked 100th in the nation in total defense.


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