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A few quick hits from around the interwebs before our Buffaloes take the field and we hope for domination.

Colorado_medium Woelk: Any kind of victory would be step forward - Buffzone - How exactly are the Buffaloes in a "really good position" right now?

"I think everyone feels really good about where we`re at right now," quarterback Cody Hawkins said after several days of practice this week. "Our team is in a really good position. We`re trying to stay confident and keep pushing forward because we know we had a mishap on Sunday, but we know where this team can go and we know we can get a lot better.

Colorado_medium CU Buffs set for road game rarity - Colorado Daily

Coach Dan Hawkins was 16 years old the last time the program played a team from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference in a true road game outside the state. Almost 32 years later, the Buffs will head for the airport this afternoon for a flight to Toledo where they face the Rockets at The Glass Bowl Stadium on Friday night.

Colorado_mediumCU's defense getting baptism by fire - The Denver Post

Three questions for CU 1. Can Colorado shake off the bitter loss to Colorado State and begin to regain some swagger? Coaches won't admit it, of course, but if ever there was a must-win, this would be it. If the Buffs lose tonight, it would be hard to imagine a winning record by season's end. Even a 6-6 mark (and a Texas Bowl or Independence Bowl invitation) might be a longshot. 2. Will tailback Darrell Scott become a focal point of the offense? CU fans did not picture the former high school All-American getting just one carry in the first game of his sophomore season. Yes, his blocking in pass protection still needs work. But it's not like Colorado's offense couldn't use a playmaker. 3. Can the CU defense avoid being beaten on big plays? Five Colorado State plays accounted for 215 of the Rams' 376 yards of offense. Three of those were receptions of 43 or more yards. That's a way to get beaten. And keep in mind, Toledo senior quarterback Aaron Opelt comes off a career-best 423 yards passing against Purdue.

Colorado_mediumBuffs a bust in both run and pass blocking - The Denver Post - Denver Johnson and his offensive line are going to be the key to a victory over Toledo. We HAVE to see improvement.

The good thing, Johnson said, is that his unit "has taken ownership" of the poor performance. "I think they will play better (tonight at Toledo)."

Colorado_mediumShort week may be a blessing for CU | INDenverTimes - Kyle Clark takes a look at the shortened preparation time for this evenings match-up.

Colorado_mediumThe Buffzone Blog - – End… - The Glass Bowl is, well, small.