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RB Johnathan Franklin
Against Oregon State, the Bruins ran for only 72 yards on 28 carries. That's a paltry 2.6 yards per carry average—which is shocking for a team that was statistically the best rushing team in the nation, with the then-top rusher in Johnathan Franklin.
Oregon State does deserve some credit for their weak performance.
The Beavers played their two safeties really close to the line and virtually dared quarterback Brett Hundley to beat them deep. Hundley did have some success throwing the football, but OSU made the Bruins one-dimensional—which was, not surprisingly, a reason they lost the game.
Collectively, the young line had a poor performance.
Jake Brendel and Simon Goines were confused by the stunts inside, and thus often blocked the wrong man. In those instances, OSU pass rushers had free lanes to charge up field and attack Hundley.
Those types of mental flubs need to be corrected in this contest. Colorado has two decent defensive ends in Will Pericak and Chidera Uzo-Diribe. The tackles, specifically Goines and Torian White, need to play much better than they did a week ago.
An established run game will set up the passing attack, and will make it easier for plays out on the perimeter to be executed. Franklin should be the focal point from an offensive standpoint in this ball game. He's far too talented to get only 12 touches, as he did a week ago.
The team should be helped out by the return of senior offensive lineman Jeff Baca. The senior from Mission Viejo is a lynchpin on the offensive line, and was out of action the previous two weeks due to concussion-like symptoms.