"It's an assignment (game), and you've got to keep doing your job over and over," Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said of CU Buffs vs. Air Force a few weeks back -- specifically, the Air Force part.

"You've got to keep tackling the fullback -- he's going to get 3 (yards), he's going to get 4. You keep hitting him," continued Bobo, whose Rams face the Falcons, the Buffs' final nonconference test Saturday at Folsom Field, and their vaunted option attack, annually.

"You keep hitting the quarterback. You keep hitting the pitch (man). You just keep doing it over and over. And realize that they're going to get first downs. They're going to move the ball."

When a triple-option team hits the house, every bit of experience helps. Every bit of perspective, too. The last time CU defensive coordinator Tyson Summers faced the Falcons' attack, it was when he held the same position as a member of Bobo's staff in October 2015.

The good news? CSU allowed 269 rushing yards that day in a 38-23 win for Bobo and Summers. Which doesn't sound all that spectacular, until you realize it was to a team that came in averaging a whopping 320.8 on the ground.

"A lot of times, I think what happens to you," Summers said after Tuesday morning's practice, "(is) you get so caught up in the discipline the assignments and the schemes that come with it, that you forget, at the end of the day, that you've got to whip a block and you've got to be able to take good angles to the ball and you've got to gang tackle. And if you can do that, you've got a chance to defend against any type of offense."

This year's Falcons come north having already galloped for 423 yards and seven touchdowns on 65 carries in their opener Aug. 31 against Colgate. They're coming off a bye week, while CU coach Mel Tucker is trying to get his kids to circle the wagons again after they rallied for a bonkers, 34-31 overtime victory over Nebraska last Saturday.

This week, that's meant cut blocking, live, at game speed, the way Air Force does when the option's humming. It meant practicing the same job, over and over.

"You really have to lock in and stay focused and just do your assignment that your coaches tell you to do," noted CU linebacker Alex Tchangam, who notched two sacks against the Huskers. "It's just having your eyes at the right spot. ... That's really all you've got to do. And chase the ball."

Easier said than done.

"You can have great athletes," Bobo said, "but the way they know what they're doing, they're running at a different speed than everybody else."

The most difficult element to replicate in practice is the execution, the timing, the pace of the Falcons' sleight-of-hand at a scrimmage tempo. Even though Tucker and Summers have faced similar schemes from Georgia Tech while on the Georgia staff, AFA coach Troy Calhoun's offense is to a Power 5 school what the Princeton offense is to major-college hoops: a pain in the grass.

"So the mind-set in that game is, 'All right, they're going to get (their) yards, OK?'" Bobo said. "'But we're not going to give up the big one. And any chance we can get them in long yardage, we've got a chance to be successful. Or if we can get a turnover, great.'"

Summers' last dance with Air Force resulted in a defense that forced two turnovers, allowed no passing touchdowns and turned the Falcons away on three of five fourth-down opportunities. Another key: limiting explosion plays of 25 yards or more. Summers' units that game surrendered a 60-yard touchdown to fullback Shayne Davern late in the first quarter and a 33-yard pass to Davern in the second. CSU didn't give up a play longer than 38 yards the rest of the way, and that came after the Rams had built up a 38-16 lead.

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