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BOULDER, CO (AP) -
The Arizona Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) travel to face the Colorado Buffaloes (3-3, 0-3) today in a Pac-12 Conference matchup. The Buffaloes lead the all-time series 14-2 and the team have split their two games since Colorado joined the Pac-12.
 
Here are five things that could have an effect on the game:

TOP RUSHER: Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is the nation's leading rusher at 161 yards a game. He had a season-high 236 yards rushing on a school record 40 carries in a 35-24 win over Utah last week. Last year, Carey set a conference record by piling up 366 yards on the Buffaloes in Tucson. "There's no question he's one of the best football players I've ever coached," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said.
 
BUFFS SKID: Colorado is trying to snap an 11-game Pac-12 losing skid. The Buffs have dropped their three conference games by a combined 106 points, which led to the benching of QB Connor Wood. Freshman Sefo Liufau, who won his first career start last week in Colorado's 43-10 rout of lower-tier Charleston Southern, gets his first crack at Pac-12 defenses Saturday.
 
FRESHMAN BREAKOUT: The fresh face who stole the spotlight for the Buffaloes last week wasn't Liufau but running back Michael Adkins, who became the first Colorado running back to reach the end zone four times in a game since Lawrence Vickers did it against Missouri in 2005. Adkins finished with 137 yards on 13 carries for a 10.5-yard average.
 
ROAD WEARY: The Wildcats are in the middle of a stretch in which they have four of their first five conference games away from home. They visit Cal next week before getting three straight home games and a regular season finale up I-10 at rival Arizona State.
 
LAST TIME: Carey led the Wildcats to a 56-31 romp over Colorado last season, when he gained a school-record 366 yards on just 25 carries for an eye-popping 14.6-yard average and five TDs. "They're a much improved team from last year," Arizona offensive lineman Mickey Baucus said. "We're not thinking, 'We had a big day last year.' We're thinking about what we can do to get ourselves better and have another big day this year."
 
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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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