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5 keys for Cougs vs. Buffs

WASHINGTON STATE vs. Colorado is just hours away and an argument can be made that the game holds more meaning for Colorado, with the Cougs the only undefeated Pac-12 team in conference play. But the bowl fate of both teams still hinges on the outcome. Here are the keys to a WSU victory.

WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL
1. #KeepLukeFalkUpright
Colorado has some top notch pass rushers and will be gunning for Falk again.  CU was the team that knocked Falk out of this game a year ago and as it turned out a week later, the Apple Cup too. Falk and the Cougs can’t allow CU to get a consistent pass rush this time around.

2. Time for the receivers to step up.
With River Cracraft on the sidelines and Gabe Marks lined up against one of the premier cornerbacks in the conference, WSU needs to showcase the receiving depth they have assembled.  Either Tavares Martin, Kyle Sweet, or Robert Lewis need to have a showcase performance.

WHEN WSU IS ON DEFENSE
3. Contain the running game.
Phillip Lindsay is one of the better workhorse backs in the conference, but quarterback Sefo Liufau is a running threat too.  Colorado's offense depends on ball control and short yardage downs.

4. Don't get beat deep.
Colorado has some natural deep threat receivers that will be looking to to burn the Cougs on play action, if they overextend to stop the run.

5. Keep the special forces on attack mode.
WSU has returned a punt of a kickoff for touchdowns two of the past three weeks and has not missed a field goal in over a month.  For Cougar fans who have long suffered when it comes to special teams … it’s suddenly a great time to be alive.


•    Line: Colorado by 6 (Cougs opened as a 4 ½ point underdog
•    Kickoff: 12:30 pm/Fox
•    Matt Moore’s Prediction: WSU 35, Colorado 30

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