Buff Bites: CSU Looms Ever Closer

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Brooks: CSU New To ‘Mac,’ But Rivalry Games Aren’t - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

But this much he’s certain of: "It’s a 365-day-a year game. That’s the difference. Everybody knows everybody, they talk about it. It’s always something that’s brought up; it’s in recruiting and everything else. When you go out to eat somewhere, that game’s brought up. It’s just one of those types of games that have extra special attention on both sides. Our kids will be ready and I know their kids will be ready."

Football: More surprises on CU Buffs' depth chart - Buffzone

Senior Scott Fernandez earning the starting tight end spot was one, though the former walk-on has played a lot of football and fellow tight end Kyle Slavin suffered a hand injury that has hampered him. Another surprise was defensive tackle Samson Kafovalu is listed at third string behind senior Nate Bonsu and fellow sophomore Tyler Henington.

Two more eye-openers involved true freshmen being listed as backups. Tedric Thompson has worked himself into a tie for the backup job at strong safety. He is tied with senior Terrel Smith who has played a lot of football for the Buffs the past two years.

Colorado-Colorado State belongs in Boulder and Fort Collins

Rather than go through it ALL again, here’s a link to my column from this time a year ago, and little — if anything — has changed. The contracts still run through 2019, but I’m convinced that the escape clauses can be — and should be — called into play to get the game back to the campus cities. Yes, even if the programs both stage turnarounds. To me, the attendance in Denver is only a secondary issue. Despite the increasing popularity of neutral-site games for big bucks — in Jerry Jones’ stadium, for example — this isn’t working now, and even if it were "working," college football belongs in the college towns.

Colorado adds speed but Nelson Spruce keeps hold of starting WR job

Spruce was the Buffaloes’ leading receiver last year. However, his 44 catches and three touchdowns didn’t mask the 1-11 team’s need for speed on the outside. So in came junior Paul Richardson, recovered from a torn ACL, the arrival of freshman Jeff Thomas, a protype receiver at 6-foot-3, and the conversion from tailback of D.D. Goodson a 5-foot-6 firefly who has lit up fall camp.

How soon would Mike MacIntyre burn Sefo Liufau's redshirt year?
If Gehrke and Dorman are good enough, MacIntyre could play one of them in relief of Wood and have Liufau for four more years. However, the way MacIntyre has talked all camp and Monday when he released the depth chart, it appears Liufau would be first off the bench.

How soon would Mike MacIntyre burn Sefo Liufau's redshirt year?

If Gehrke and Dorman are good enough, MacIntyre could play one of them in relief of Wood and have Liufau for four more years. However, the way MacIntyre has talked all camp and Monday when he released the depth chart, it appears Liufau would be first off the bench.

Previewing Week 1 Pac-12 football games - ESPN

Colorado vs. Colorado State (Denver), 6 p.m., CBS Sports Network: Colorado leads the series 61-21-2 but the Rams won 22-17 last year. The game will be played on Sports Authority Field at Mile High, previously known as Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos. The Rams welcome back 18 starters from a 4-8 team in Jim McElwain's second season. Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, who is making his debut leading the Buffaloes, announced this week that Connor Wood will start at quarterback.

Pac-12 college football preseason power rankings - ESPN

12. Colorado: The Buffaloes should be better this season under first-year coach Mike MacIntyre, but that likely won't be enough for them to move up in this conference.

Why Colorado State Must Beat Colorado - Mountain West Connection

If the Rams and coach McElwain want to get to the school's first bowl game since 2008, it is imperative they come out of the tunnel in Denver ready to play. Because one thing is for sure, Colorado Coach Mike MacIntyre knows how to beat this Ram squad and will have a very motivated team under him looking for some payback for last year.

Football: CU Buffs freshmen set to make impact - Buffzone - Here's a look at the true freshmen expected to make the biggest impact this fall.

Saunders: CU-CSU football game coverage worse than it used to be - The Denver Post

The expanding cable sports world doesn't always provide better coverage for local viewers. Prime example: Sunday's annual Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, featuring in-state rivals Colorado and Colorado State. The 4 p.m. game will be aired on the CBS Sports Network (Channel 412) on area Comcast outlets and on DirecTV and Dish satellite services.

Experience, depth give Colorado State a boost on special teams | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com

Improved depth at positions relied upon the most on special teams — linebacker, defensive back, tight end and receiver — should help those units improve this fall. Add in a returning kicker, long-snapper and the leading kick and punt returners from last year’s team, and the Rams just might make the grade.

Still, I’ll go with a C grade, giving them high marks for the return of Roberts, long-snapper Tanner Hedstrom, kick returner Thomas Coffman and punt returner Joe Hansley. The negatives are the loss of their punter of the past four seasons and last year’s deficiencies in kickoff and punt coverage.

Healthy ‘P-Rich’ Wants To Make Noise As CU Captain - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Mentoring his teammates is something that Richardson truly believes in. Hoping to do for others what was once done for him, Richardson’s eagerness to help his team is something he learned from those that came before him. Richardson cites former CU wide receiver Scotty McKnight (2006-10), a senior when Richardson arrived to the program as a true freshman, as one of his biggest role models.

"As far as being a leader, I try to imitate Scotty," said Richardson. "He was the best role model a receiver could ever have. I still talk to him every week. When I go home to Los Angeles, he comes to visit me. He taught me what it takes to be a great leader. As a young guy, he took me under his wing when he didn’t even know me. He saw something in me that made him want to push me to be better. That’s what I’ve been trying to do with our young guys, and even some of the older guys. I try to keep them focused and keep them involved."

Pac-12 football: Projecting the 2013 league race | College Hotline

6. Colorado: The man who turned around San Jose State faces comparable challenges in Boulder: Coach Mike MacIntyre is staring at a multi-year rebuilding job. Even if quarterback Connor Wood exceeds expectations, the Buffs will be home for the postseason once again. The roster has too many holes.

CU Buffs vs. CSU Rams game in downward spiral for selling tickets - The Denver Post

A record low could be set Sunday. As of noon Tuesday, Colorado had sold 29,097 tickets, including 5,302 student tickets, the slowest sales it has ever had for the Showdown. As of Tuesday, CSU had sold 18,700 tickets, 6,400 for students.

Kiszla: CU Buffs, CSU Rams must go young at quarterback, and soon - The Denver Post

What does matter: If either CU or CSU is going anywhere in 2013, a star needs to be born at quarterback. For the Rams, it's Nick Stevens. For the Buffs, it's Sefo Liufau. For goodness' sake, both are 18-year-old freshmen.

There are quarterbacks at both CSU and CU with more experience. You know their names, which maybe you have taken in vain. We won't mention the names or deeply analyze the games of the experienced quarterbacks for the Rams and Buffs on the depth chart, because QBs have mothers, too.

Football: CU Buffs ready for fresh start - Buffzone

The Buffs are starting to believe in themselves again, in part, because they have their best weapon back on the field in Richardson, but also because of the approach MacIntyre and his staff have taken with them. It's a 'firm but positive' tact that players appear to like after two years of a more R-rated in-your-face style from their old coaches.

Still, they are continuously confronted by the doubt on the outside. It happened again Tuesday at the first of MacIntyre's weekly press luncheons when he and captains Connor Wood and Paul Vigo were asked several times if they believe this year's team will handle adversity better than it did a year ago when the team was repeatedly routed in seven of the final eight games, all losses.

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