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Wednesday CU Buff Bites - Everything is on the line with Colorado-Nebraska

It's time for turkey and cornbread Hawai'ian sweet rolls.  Let's Go Buffs, beat those red-devils, and make nebraska burn at losing to their "non-rival."

Colorado_mediumThe Colorado Daily « CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

Niles Paul out - Senior wide receiver Niles Paul, the Cornhuskers’ leading receiver, suffered a foot injury in practice Tuesday, and will not be available for the game against Colorado on Friday. Paul had 39 receptions for 516 yards and one touchdown in 2010. There are three wide receivers, a junior and two sophomores, listed behind Paul in the “z” receiver spot on the Nebraska roster. None of the three have recorded a catch so far this season.

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs preparing for two Cornhusker QBs on Friday - Boulder Daily Camera

Uncertainty whether Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez will play this week has created more work for Colorado coaches and players as they prepare for the final Buffs-Huskers Big 12 game on Friday. "It's a little too early to say right now," Pelini said. "He got beat up a little bit the last week, and it's too early in the week to really say. It's probably a day-to-day thing. I would expect by the end of the week he's going to be available."

If Martinez is not able to play against the Buffs, Nebraska could turn to either Cody Green or Zac Lee. Green would be the most likely option. He has played in seven games this season and Lee has played in four contests. But Martinez is the engine of the entire Interim head coach Brian Cabral smiles while taking about his team during a press conference in Boulder today. Nebraska system, and the Cornhuskers have proven to be much less effective when he is not available.

Colorado_mediumCU Buff offense bears burden against Nebraska - Boulder Daily Camera

Optimist: The Colorado offense is finally moving the ball and scoring points like it belongs in the Big 12 Conference because of lots of hard work and persistence from players and coaches.

Pessimist: Did anyone notice the Colorado offensive explosion the past three weeks has come against three of the worst defenses -- particularly against the run -- in the Big 12?

Cynic: Colorado fired coach Dan Hawkins two weeks ago. Taking him out of the equation has made the offense better.

Realist: It`s a combination of the three, and let`s face it, the Buffs have played their best ball all year at home.

No matter where you`re coming from, two things are clear as the Buffs prepare for the their final regular season game this season Friday at Nebraska. The offense is riding a wave of confidence and the Buffs are going to need to step it up another notch or two to beat the Cornhuskers and earn a spot in the postseason.

"I don`t want to sound like Bugs Bunny before he played the Monstars but Nebraska is a great football team," quarterback Cody Hawkins said. "They`re big, they`re strong, they`re fast, they`re physical, they`re well-coached. Luckily we`ve got a lot of leaders on this team and a lot of competitive guys. We`re willing to watch the tape and if they don`t have any weaknesses we`re going to try to find some or make some up. We`re just going to have to go out and play hard."

Colorado_mediumBuffs prepare for explosive Huskers - The Longmont Times-Call

During the past two weeks, the University of Nebraska offense hasn’t been very impressive. The Cornhuskers (9-2, 5-2 in the Big 12) managed just 20 points against Kansas, which ranks 103rd in scoring defense, on Nov. 13. Then, they couldn’t get into the end zone in a 9-6 loss to Texas A&M last week.

...“You’ve got to expect his best,” CU interim coach Brian Cabral said of Martinez. “The most dangerous animal is a wounded animal. Going into this game, I wouldn’t doubt that his ankle gets miraculously better. We’ll see his best. He’s a great competitor.”

When Martinez was at his best early in the year, he was in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy. With him leading the way, the Huskers started 5-0, including a 48-13 rout at Kansas State in which he ran for 241 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 128 yards and another score.

“When Taylor Martinez is healthy, they’re as potent as anybody in the country,” CU defensive coordinator Ron Collins said. “You look at some of the games he’s played in and what they did to Missouri, what they did to Oklahoma State, K-State, that’s scary. That’s very scary.”

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs making case for Brian Cabral - Boulder Daily Camera

Hiring Brian Cabral to fill the Colorado football coaching vacancy on a permanent basis seemed far fetched just a few weeks ago because the 54-year-old longtime assistant coach had no head coaching or coordinator experience.

After two games with Cabral at the helm on an interim basis following the firing of former coach Dan Hawkins, the possibility of him keeping the job beyond this season is suddenly a real possibility. It is by no means a done deal, but after two impressive wins, no longer is anyone involved in the search dismissing him or underestimating his capability to do the job.

If the Buffs can pull off an upset on the road at No. 16 Nebraska on Friday, becoming bowl eligible and shedding a long road losing streak in the process, well, Cabral will be even more difficult to pass over.

...Cabral is a native Hawaiian, and, if hired, would be only the second coach with Polynesian roots to lead a major college football program. The first is a good friend of Cabral`s -- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo.

Colorado_mediumPelini Apologizes - - So... something happened with Martinez being late.  It wasn't nothing, and I'm guessing it wasn't to have a fake boot put on his foot.

Taylor and I are on the same page about it, and when it was over it was over. There are no issues going forward. I think people are trying to make too much out of it." But he would not divulge the cause: "What happens in-house stays in-house. It was something completely unrelated to the injury . . . it was dealt with and we moved forward."

After the Jump; CU Basketball rolls, lots of trash being heaped on Nebraska, and Video of Chris Brown Romping All Over the huskers.

Colorado_mediumBoyle Sends Message In Runaway Buffs Win - - Alec Burks scored a game-high 22 off the bench and the Buffs rolled to a 91-51 victory over Alcorn State at the Coors Events Center on Tuesday night.

Colorado_mediumCU shows best defensive effort of season - The Longmont Times-Call

Tad Boyle wanted to send a message to his team. That message appeared to get through on Tuesday night. The University of Colorado men’s basketball team had its best defensive effort of the season in routing Alcorn State 91-51 at Coors Events Center. "To me, it’s about where this program’s identity needs to come from, and I think we took a step forward in that tonight," Boyle said. "We’ll give ourselves a chance every single night if we do those two things: We’ll defend and rebound."

Colorado_mediumNebraska Cornhuskers' tough breakup, potential spoilers on Dash's Thanksgiving menu - ESPN

Before we dive into a gluttonously good week, The Dash must note the building acrimony as Nebraska (2) plays its final games as a member of the Big 12 (3).

This divorce could be reaching the stage of throwing potted plants at each other in the front yard as the moving vans load up belongings...It was all on display Saturday in Texas A&M's 9-6 victory over the Cornhuskers in College Station -- uncontrolled sideline rage, questionable calls, cheap shots; you name it.

...For the school that gave us the dignified stoicism of Tom Osborne (7), this is an ironic disintegration of decorum. Dr. Tom needs to have a talk with his head coach, perhaps explaining that Jim Delany is much less inclined than Dan Beebe to tolerate the Linda Blair "Exorcist" routine from a millionaire head coach.

Really, what Osborne needs to do is give Pelini a one-game suspension -- but with rival Colorado looming and a chance to win the North Division and play in one final Big 12 championship game, don't expect that to happen.


Colorado (18). Opponent: No. 15 Nebraska. Site: Lincoln. When: Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC). What's at stake: As detailed above, the Cornhuskers are playing for a berth in the Big 12 title game. The Buffaloes are playing for bowl eligibility and the chance to send Missouri to the title game by inflicting a stinging goodbye defeat on an old rival. Spoiler Factor: Colorado has won two straight -- and looked pretty good doing it -- under interim coach Brian Cabral. Quarterback Cody Hawkins has played his two best games of the year since his dad, Dan, got the ziggy as head coach. If there's true turmoil between Pelini and Nebraska QB Martinez, this could get interesting. Dash pick: Nebraska 23, Colorado 20.

Colorado_mediumBig 12 predictions: Week 13 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

No. 15 Nebraska 19, Colorado 13: Nebraska's defense is playing better than it has all season. Its offense is playing as poorly as it has all season. It's anyone's guess as to if or how well Taylor Martinez plays on Saturday, but he won't be the same Martinez that routinely racked up 125 yards on the ground early in the season. Without being able to plant on that ankle, Martinez's passing mechanics suffered against Texas A&M as well. Nebraska finds enough offense to win with Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr., but it's close against a Colorado team that's finally utilizing its apparent talent.

Colorado_mediumPelini Will Struggle in The Big 10 Getting Along | Bleacher Report

After what happened last Saturday it frankly shocks me he hasn't been suspended for Friday's Colorado game. Pelini has had to apologized for his behavior before and Monday was no exception. He went to his press conference and gave his standard 'I'm sorry. It won't happen again and I'll work harder to make sure it doesn't happen again, blah, blah, blah."


Go Buffs! Beat Nebraska!