CU has won just two road games under coach Dan Hawkins, with both coming in the conference in 2007 at Baylor and Texas Tech. The Buffs also haven't won east of the Mississippi river since 1995.
Toledo senior quarterback Aaron Opelt threw for more than 400 yards against Purdue in the Rockets' opener, which isn't good news for a Colorado defense that gave up a handful of big plays last week against a senior making his first college start.
Opelt and his receivers operate out of a version of the spread offense that should provide the Buffs with a good tune-up for the Big 12 Conference.
Colorado will probably focus its attention on wide receiver Stephen Williams, who caught 15 passes last week, including two touchdowns. But the Rockets have plenty of other options on offense and the Buffs must play a much better game this time around than they did against the Rams.
Limiting big plays on defense is only half the problem. The Buffs also have to establish the running game on offense to open up more passing lanes for quarterback Cody Hawkins.
The Buffs finished with a 5-7 record last season and after losing to the Rams to start the seasn, it appeared they were taking another step back.
The Buffs have to get running back Darrell Scott involved in the game plan and have talked about meeting that goal all week. Scott carried the ball just once last week and seemed to be right back to his Forgotten Man status of 2008.