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Buff Bites: Colorado's defense looks strong

The upperclassmen loaded squad boasts experience and playmaking ability.

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Pac-12 offenses tend to be the best offenses of all the power 5 conferences.  I would say that although Colorado's offense has made improvements, they are not quite ready compete in high scoring shootouts with the likes of the USC's, Washington State's and Oregon's of the world. So in order to win games against many of the conference's top teams, the Buffs will have to combat offense with defense. The defense has made undeniable strides, but are they going to be able to keep the team in games against some of the nation's highest powered offenses?

I think the Buffs have what it takes. First of all, they have experience. CU returns 9 starters to this defense (10 if you count Tupou's return from suspension). These guys have been playing together for years in Leavit's defense, and thus they have formed into a rather cohesive unit. They also have some dynamic playmakers like Chidobe Awuzie and Addison Gillam on the defensive side of the ball. They should improve in forcing more turnovers and applying pressure to the quarterback. So all things considered, they have what it takes to be a top half defense in the Pac-12. Ultimately the defense could be the biggest key towards attaining the bowl game goal for CU this year.

Colorado's defense has made huge strides, but is it enough? - ESPN

Here's ESPN's take on the Buffs defense for this year.

Position battles coming into focus for CU Buffs - Buffzone

The 2 positions with the tightest battles at this point in camp are wide receiver and offensive line.

Buffs Offense Has Solid Day In Scrimmage - cubuffs.com

After get dominated in the first scrimmage of the year, the offense put up a much better effort against the defense in the scrimmage earlier this week.

Pac-12 position unit rankings: Quarterbacks - ESPN

Pac-12 position unit rankings: Defensive backs - ESPN

ESPN is running position rankings for all the Pac-12 teams. Spoiler alert CU got 6th at quarterback and 8th in defensive back.

USC Trojans offensive line ranks as best in Pac-12 in 2016 - Pac-12 Blog- ESPN

10. Colorado: LT Stephane Nembot is gone, but four starters are back. Those four might not end up in the starting lineup remains fluid, but it appears Jeromy Irwin’s recovery from a torn ACL appears to have gone well and he’s slated to start at left tackle.

CU Buffs award scholarship to walk-on Kyle Evans - Buffzone

The good story of the week is this one. Kyle Evans is a reserve running back and an important special teams contributor. Congrats to him, and the scholarship is much deserved