1. Stall Stewart
The key to stopping Colorado is shutting down the talented freshman running back Rodney Stewart. Stewart averages 75 yards per game. He also reminds several people of former Wildcat Darren Sproles.
2. Kick it
Colorado kicker Aric Goodman has struggled to say the least. He’s missed four field goals inside the redzone. If the Wildcats can force the Buffs to kick field goals, there’s a good chance Colorado will come away empty handed.
3. Heckle Hawk
After last week’s performance against KU, several people want Dan Hawkins to bench his starting quarterback and son Cody Hawkins. The younger Hawk ranks near the bottom in most passing statistics. The Wildcats had four sacks against Texas A&M. They need to continue that pressure to force Cody into making mistakes.
4. Quarles time
Coach Ron Prince has complained about the lack of production from his kickoff return team. This week presents a big chance for return man Aubrey Quarles to break out. Colorado ranks last in the Big 12 in kickoff coverage, giving up an average of 27.7 yards per return.
5. Don’t lose momentum
The Wildcats took several steps forward against A&M. They’ve got to keep this positive momentum rolling. Once again, they don’t have to dominate, but every once in a while they must make plays and stop the Buffs.