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Five games to fear in the Big 12 - Tim Griffin ESPN

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Wyoming at Colorado, Sept. 19: On paper, this looks like a game the Buffaloes should easily win. But a couple of trends might prove to benefit new Wyoming coach Dave Christensen, who will be playing his first road game. Christensen was the offensive coordinator of a Missouri team that beat Colorado by a combined margin of 113-10 over the past two seasons, including a 58-0 victory last season. He won't have Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin or Chase Coffman in this game, but he still has confidence of being successful against Colorado's defense. The Cowboys won at Tennessee last season so they aren't intimidated by hostile road environments. They have 17 starters back, including eight defensive players who will be facing Colorado's defense with some confidence after strong play late last season. Colorado has a history of struggling as a big favorite in previous non-conference home games, winning by seven against Eastern Washington last season and losing at home to Montana State in Hawkins' first game in 2006. The signs point to this being a game where the Buffaloes potentially could struggle. Griffin makes a good point about the connection to Missouri and the Buffs' struggles against them the last couple of years but this is a home game and I can't imagine it will be a problem. The game I fear a little in the early going is Toledo. First road game of the year after a short week playing Colorado State on a Sunday and turning around quickly on a Friday at Toledo. Toledo has beat a Division One BCS team in each of the last three years and they have a new coach that could provide the element of surprise (similar to Wyoming but the Buffs should be more familiar with Christensen). Colorado will also have an extra day to prepare/rest for Wyoming. Wyoming, although they do have Christensen calling the shots, really struggled on offense last year ranking 108th in the nation (out of 120). Toledo ranked 85th in 2008 but returns the most experienced offensive line in division one football. If this Buffs' '09 team is a good one, they should win the first three by 14+ each and be ready to play West Virginia with positive momentum.