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Thursday Buff Bites - Buff Commit's Hirschman and Jones Having Great Senior Seasons

Colorado_mediumLittleton star Mister Jones tunes up to defeat adversity - The Denver Post

The Denver Post has a nice article on Buff commit RB Mister Jones:

 Jones said Colorado is a "dream school" for him. He said he got a kick out of Colorado's upset last week of Kansas last Saturday, considering a Jayhawks' coach told him before the game he was about to see why Kansas would be a better choice.

Mister Jones' Littleton high school team takes on perennial Colorado power Monarch this weekend at Littleton Public Schools Stadium at 2:00pm Saturday. Could be a good time to get out there and watch him after the Buffs play and a pretty mild college football schedule this week. This will be a tough game up for Littleton as their offensive and defensive line probably won't match up very well with Monarch.

Colorado_mediumFootball Top 15 | After School - Mercury News

A little news about Buff QB commit Nick Hirschman who is having one heck of a senior season:

 Nick Hirschman is having a Trent Edwards type of season completing 75 percent of his passes for 1,306 yards with 17 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions.

Current Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards also went to Los Gatos High School where Nick Hirschman attends.

Colorado_mediumKSU special teams pose challenge - Boulder Daily Camera
The Buffs special teams have certainly had their issues the past couple of years and Kansas State is another team that could give them fits. If the Buffs hope to win on the road for the third time in the last four years, Colorado will need to contain Brandon Banks from taking it to the distance this weekend. All touch backs and high punts:

Colorado special teams units are only two weeks removed from a disaster at Texas that might have cost the team an upset win over a top-five team. The Buffs travel to Kansas State this week where they will see another stiff challenge in the kicking game. KSU return man Brandon Banks is among the most dangerous returners in the nation, despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds. Banks already has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season and has four in his career. He also starts at wide receiver and ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and 10th nationally in all-purpose yardage. He had five catches for 95 yards against the Buffs last year but was not filling the return roles at that time.

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - Notes

CU lists Bryce Givens as its starting right tackle for Saturday. Givens missed the Kansas game, his second of the season, for what CU is calling personal reasons. ... CU reported 10,000 tickets remain for Missouri (Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m., FSN). ... CU mascot Ralphie will make an "in-buffalo" appearance Saturday at a watch party at the Blake Street Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ... The Buffs are holding opponents to a 35 percent conversion rate on third down, good for fifth in the Big 12.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 predictions, Week 8 - Big 12 - ESPN
Tim Griffin of ESPN picks against the Buffs against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan:

Kansas State 24, Colorado 21: Look for a tight defensive battle in this one as the improving Wildcats hook up against new Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen. The Buffaloes looked transformed under Hansen, who directed them to the upset victory over Kansas last week. He’ll be challenged by a KSU defense that notched six sacks and produced three interceptions last week. The Wildcats have been limited at quarterback with Grant Gregory and Carson Coffman alternating time this season. But look for the Wildcats to win this one because of the Buffaloes’ difficulties on the road and the coaching acumen of Bill Snyder.

Colorado_mediumWhat to watch in the Big 12, Week 8 - Big 12 - ESPN

5. Kansas State’s rejuvenated pass rush against Colorado.

The Wildcats produced six sacks last week against Texas A&M as their defensive pressure served as the key defensive factor for them against the Aggies. Earlier in the season, the Wildcats had produced six other sacks in the first six games. The Wildcats have to continue to dial up that pressure, but it will be a difficult challenge against elusive Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen.

6. After all those early stumbles, could Colorado really be a North challenger? And is Kansas State really a division challenger?

We’ll find that out when the Buffaloes travel to Kansas State. Kansas State made a turnaround of 100 points in two weeks after losing by 52 points to Texas Tech and then beating Texas A&M by 48 points the following week -- the biggest two-week turnaround in victory margin in Big 12 history. That run has pushed the Wildcats into first place in the North over three other teams, including the Buffaloes who are a half-game behind. The Wildcats can continue their unexpected run to title contention by winning on Saturday in Manhattan.

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs tight end Riar Geer reaching his potential - Boulder Daily Camera

Geer`s value to the Colorado offense can`t be overstated. He is a crafty route runner and reliable pass catcher, whom quarterback Tyler Hansen mentioned as one of the players he feels most comfortable with in the passing game. He is capable of lining up as a wide receiver, a traditional tight end and as a fullback. He also has become one of the best blockers on the team.

Colorado_mediumYouTube - Jeff Bzdelik at Big 12 media days

Colorado_mediumCU basketball coach Bzdelik: Team will be "fearless" - The Denver Post

"We will be better," Bzdelik said. "We're in an unforgiving league called the Big 12. So, we'll just take it one day at a time. We will be prepared. We will play hard. We'll be fearless. We'll see where that takes us." The 2008-2009 Buffaloes lost 11 games by an average of 4 1/2 points. "Last year, we weren't deep enough, strong enough, mature enough," Bzdelik added. "We've gotten deeper, with the addition of new players. We've gotten maturity and strength with working hard in the weight room. And we gained valuable experience from last year with playing (four players) 30-plus minutes."