There is no doubt that this seasons match-up with Nebraska will be one of the final times Colorado plays Nebraska. Obviously it will be the last time as conference members, but there is always the possibility in the future of non conference games. With both teams leaving the Big
Texas...XII, there will be little association in athletics. As a lifelong Buffs fan I have always enjoyed the banter between Nebraska and Colorado. I have enjoyed the Husker "It's not a Rivalry" to the response by Colorado fans of "that's all you have, we have other things to do." BTW Husker fans from the Corn Nation have been really cool on the Ralphie report since it was reported we are both leaving.
Regardless of the past, I have always respected Nebraska football and the people of Nebraska. We share a border and have the same pride for the region we live in. We have went through good and bad times in football, but hopefully both programs can be propelled back into national relevance. Nebraska is almost back to the top and definitely going in the right direction. Playing in the Big Ten will help out and will create even more excitement for the program. We have a ways to go, but I think this move will create excitement in our own fan base as well. Make no mistake, Colorado has a ways to go, but we can do it despite the critics.
What all of this means is that this year is going to be special when Colorado travels to Lincoln on Nov 26th. Although it is unorthodox, I hope that in some form both schools honor one another at that game. After the game is over, I hope that Colorado and Nebraska players and fans can show respect to one another. It is probably naive to think that could happen, but it would be really cool. Maybe Coach Mac and Alfred go support the buffs with Tom watching his huskers. Maybe the Buffs take a trip with Ralphie to Lincoln not as a sign of disrespect, but one of respect. I think it would be a kick to see Ralphie run on the field in Lincoln in what may be our last game against our neighbors. There is always a future that could contain the Rose Bowl, but it wouldn't be the same.
I wish our friends from Nebraska well.
Go Buffs and Big Red