Columbia-Brown Keys to the Game
This could be a record-setting day for Austin Knowlin (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyers)
1) Slow down the Brown Juggernaut
It's a serious challenge for the much-maligned Columbia defense today, but the one bright spot is that the Brown Bears move the ball mostly through the air. That plays a little more to the Lions relative strength in pass defense. The Columbia secondary needs to pick off some passes, probably at least two, to have a chance here. And I also think the Lions will need a few sacks and lots of pressures and hurries on Brown QB Michael Dougherty as well.
2) Run the ball successfully
One way to keep the Brown offense off the field is to use the running game well. I;m not sure if Jordan Davis or Ray Rangel is the best man to get the job done today, but I'd like to see the Lions try to get something going out of the I formation or another two-back set other than the shotgun.
3) Get Knowlin his 1,000 yards
Running game or no running game, Austin Knowlin will need to put up big numbers for Columbia to win. He needs 130 receiving yards to tie Don Lewis' team record of 1,000 for a single season. Jerry Recco and I will be watching very closely during the game to track his progress.