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Colorado Buffaloes vs. Idaho State Bengals: Three Things

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Three takeaways from the big win over Idaho State.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

BRING. ON. MICHIGAN! For just the second time since 2008, Colorado has won its first two games of the season after a 56-7 rout of Idaho State Saturday in Boulder. Two wins to start the season? Ok, maybe this was supposed to happen. Now how about 100 combined points and 1,175 yards of offense? A mere 14 points and 318 yards surrendered on defense?

Remember the scene from the 1989 film Major League when the Cleveland Indians are filming an American Express commercial?

(ENTIRE TEAM, EXCEPT WILLIE ‘MAYS' HAYES, DRESSED IN TUXEDOS STANDING BEHIND HOME PLATE AND LOOKING INTO THE CAMERA)

"Hello, do you know us?"

"We're a Major League Baseball team"

MOST VALUABLE BUFF: SEFO LIUFAU

Colorado's all-time leading passer is certainly reaping the rewards of this new look, up tempo Buffs offense. Before being taken out late in the 2nd quarter, Liufau torched the Bengals for 258 total yards and 3 touchdowns, the last of which came on a 19-yard scamper to give the Buffs a 42-0 lead. The Buffs senior has now thrown for 522 yards while rushing for 120 in only 6 quarters of play this season. Even more impressive might be Liufau's accuracy. After completing 15 of 18 passes versus Idaho State, he's connecting on 74.5 percent of his passes this season. Honorable mention goes to Colorado's defense, holding Idaho State to 96 total yards and only seven 1st downs.

NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT:  FINISH WITH TOUCHDOWNS & BALL SECURITY

Despite outscoring their first opponents 80-0 in the first half, there are areas in which Colorado needs to improve.

The Buffs scored on all 8 of their possessions inside the red zone last week versus Colorado State. Three of those possessions however resulted in field goals, which didn't sit well with co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.

"Good football teams, when you have someone on the ropes you're able to finish them with touchdowns. We weren't able to do that."

Colorado did improve this week versus Idaho State, scoring touchdowns on their first 6 trips to the red zone, but touchdowns won't come easy next week in the Big House.

If the Buffs want to contend with the maize and blue, they'll also need to hold onto the ball. Colorado coughed it up twice last week and once again on Saturday.

"We haven't done that in the past...fumble the ball" said Chiaverini following the Colorado State game. Something tells me this will be an area of focus as the Buffs prepare to hit the road the next two weeks (at 5 Michigan & at 24 Oregon)

MOMENT OF THE GAME: WELCOME TO FOLSOM FIELD!

Leading 42-0 with under a minute left in the 2nd Quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Montez connected with junior transfer Kabion Ento for a 69-yard touchdown. It was Montez's first career touchdown pass and Ento's first Division I-A touchdown reception. Both players were playing their first game at Folsom Field.

NEXT UP: SEPTEMBER 17 at 5 MICHIGAN

Following Saturday's win versus Idaho State, Neill Woelk provided an interesting statistic in his postgame story on CUBuffs.com. For the first time since 1994, Colorado has won back-to-back games by 35-or-more points. That year, the Buffs opened with a 35 point win over Northeastern Louisiana and a 38 point victory over 10th ranked Wisconsin. Then this happened...

For just the second time since the Miracle at Michigan, the Buffs head to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines. Will we see a high scoring affair? (Colorado and Michigan are 2 of only 10 teams in Division I to score 100 points on more in their first two games) Or could we see a defensive battle? (each team ranks inside the Top 10 in the country in points allowed)

Remember that scene from Major League?

Well, it's time to prove to the nation that the Colorado Buffaloes ARE a legitimate Division I college football team.