Who were your key players of the game for Colorado? What were the key stats and plays that defined the game?
Sam Barbee (follow on Twitter): I gotta go with Nelson Spruce for Colorado. Admittedly, I didn't watch much of the game but 97 yards receiving and two scores is pretty good in a loss. If Colorado didn't turn it over three times it would probably have been closer. Even still, a 14-point loss is an improvement from the last two years.
Zach Willman (follow on Twitter): For Colorado I'm going with Christian Powell- 11 carries and 118 yards and 26 yards receiving. The ASU rush defense isn't the best, but he gained considerable yards and game Sefo the space he needed from his ground game to pursue deep streak routes.
Chris Turner (follow on Twitter): For the Buffs, I'll go with Christian Powell. I got to see the most of the second half and that's when Christian Powell was at his best vs. the Sun Devils, rushing for 105 of his 118 yards in the 3rd and 4th quarters on Saturday night.
What impressed you the most about the Buffs?
Sam Barbee: I kind of touched on it above, but Colorado is getting better. They aren't an automatic win anymore. Arizona State had to earn this one.
Zach Willman: The Buffs meanwhile came back in huge clumps of yards .They came back and made the game look like the teams switched uniforms. They gained 545 yards showing that their offense is going to be a big problem for the rest of the Pac-12.
Zach Pugh (follow on Twitter): This Buffaloes' offense is way ahead of last years' unit. It might not result in many wins because the defense is lacking the athletes, but the production on offense has improved in each game this season. CU quarterback Sefo Liufau is still young, and appears to be improving weekly.
Chris Turner: I'm impressed with how much Colorado has been improving so far under Mike MacIntyre, it may be a few years before the Buffs are able to truly compete in the conference, but they seem to be heading in the right direction.
Josh Estes (follow on Twitter): Re: Buffs -- They didn't back down. There were moments where in the past the Buffs would've crumbled up, but they didn't this year. Good sign for Buffs in future years.
What concerned you the most about the Buffs?
Sam Barbee: Colorado can't turn it over that much if they want to win any games. Period. Three is too many against anyone.
Zach Willman: The Buffs need to stop turning over the ball. Ball security can keep them going deeper into games and will help them start threatening the ranked teams they will face later on this season.
Zach Pugh: It's not a new revelation, but the Buffs defense, although making adjustments, giving the offense a chance to bring CU back within three, is going to have a tough time slowing down their conference foes. They gave up over seven yards a play against a very good offense. This isn't even the most dynamic offense the Buffs will face.
Chris Turner: I'll chalk up Sefo Liufau's interceptions to rookie mistakes, but regardless, Colorado needs to take better care of the ball.
Josh Estes: The Buffs did about what I would expect from them. Buff's offense isn't afraid to take a shot down field, but Sefo is just not consistent. Simone's interception felt more like a Punt return than a pick.