Scout.com: 2009 CFN Big 12 Expert Picks, Schedules, More
College Football News' "experts" pick the Big 12 games for week one and all but one believe the Buffs will cover 11 points.
Rockets' Williams suspended - Top rusher out 2 games; 2 others also punished
Sophomore running back Morgan Williams, the Rockets' leading rusher last season, will sit out the first two games of the season, while senior linebacker Daris Quinn and senior safety Chris Faison will miss the season opener at Purdue on Saturday. Hat tip to CleBuffs for finding this.
Woelk: Financial sense trumps tradition for Buffs, Rams - Boulder Daily Camera
Neill Woelk of the BDC wishes college games were always played on campus but he also realizes that playing in Denver "could mean as much as an extra $10 million for CU over the lifetime of the deal."
Ranking the Big 12's defenses - Big 12 - ESPN
Tim Griffin of ESPN ranked the Buffs' offense 8th yesterday and he has a better feeling about the defense: 6. Colorado:
The Buffaloes are faster this season and that should help them cope with the high-powered offenses in the Big 12. The linebackers are deep with Shaun Mohler and Jeff Smart as the prime producers. And I really like the secondary, with Jimmy Smith and Cha’pelle Brown among the best pair of cornerbacks in the conference. The biggest concern is along the defensive line, particularly after the injury of heralded freshman Nick Kasa that may idle him for the season. One area to note will be at right defensive end, where sophomore Lagrone Shields and freshman Forrest West are in the two-deep. Shields has played four snaps in his career.
Oregon-Boise State: Travel squad - no Jackson - Behind The Ducks Beat
Former Buff commit, current Oregon wide receiver Diante Jackson is not on the travel list for the Oregon's first game against Boise State. The Ducks are bringing nine wide receivers excluding Diante. Boy, anyone have any doubt that Diante wouldn't be playing this week for the Buffs? In fairness to Jackson, he has been injured most of fall camp.
Starting Guard for the Rams "Day to Day"- The Denver Post
The Rams starting offensive guard Shelley Smith was held out of practice Tuesday due to a sprained ankle and his status is unknown for the game. Shelley is a fifth-year senior post- season honors candidate.
It's been nearly three weeks since Colorado running back Rodney "Speedy" Stewart has felt like himself on the field. But Tuesday, the CU sophomore said he's turned the corner. Stewart participated in his most extensive practice since injuring his left hamstring Aug. 13 and came out of it all smiles. "It's getting better, it's definitely getting stronger," Stewart said. "The issue with it last week was it's kind of weak, so they didn't want me practicing. But now I can make my cuts. It might hurt a little bit, but I can finish strong." At this point, Stewart says he's about 80 percent healthy. By the time Sunday's game against Colorado State rolls around, Stewart says he expects to be about 90 percent.