2. Exceptional third down defense. The Buffs are currently 4th in the country in third down defense at 24%. 3. Forcing turnovers. Despite playing one less game, the Buffs are tied for 24th in the country with six takeaways. Stat to watch: Red zone offense. The Buffs have scored on all four red zone opportunities this year. But three of those scores were field goals. If the big play is shut down, can the offense grind out drives and score touchdowns in the red zone?