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Thursday CU Buff Bites - Dan Hawkins Press Conference and more!

Colorado_mediumCollege Football BlogPoll Rankings, Week 10: It Starts Making Sense - - Our Week 10 college football rankings, as voted on by over 100 bloggers, have Auburn and Oregon on a collision course for the national championship.

Colorado_mediumCoach Dan Hawkins Press Conference Transcript -

ON THE PRESSURES OF BEING A PLAYER—"I’ve said this many times, and Tony [Clemons] can get up here and tell you, so much of life is really just keeping your feet on the ground and working hard. It’s hard, whether you’re in your position or my position or their position.

You get so much adulation at a young age, and it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground. Ryan [Miller] is very firmly planted and has a great family. I think he will tell you too that there were some growing pains there a little bit. It doesn’t matter how good you are or how good you’re supposed to be. Every time you take a jump, whether it’s from high school to college or from college to the next level, there is always an adjustment period. I think no matter who it is, if you get too much, it’s hard.

Like I said, Ryan is pretty firmly planted. He’d be the first on to tell you that there’s outside stuff. We said the same thing about Jalil [Brown]. Jalil was a two-star guy, and really nobody had offered Jalil. Nobody had offered him and one or two of those other Arizona schools got in on him, but nobody was really on him. He’s got a chance to be a high draft pick. Jimmy [Smith] is going to have a chance there. Nate [Solder} was Gary (Barnett’s) find and recruit. That’s why I always tread lightly in that area. It’s hard to stay humble and keep working and all that."

Colorado_mediumSix wins could have the Buffs on the outside looking in - The Longmont Times-Call

With four games to play, the University of Colorado football team is still eyeing bowl eligibility. The Buffs are 3-5 and need to go 3-1 the rest of the way to become eligible for a bowl.

Looking at the schedule, there is reason for Buffs fans to be optimistic that CU can get there. The next three games are against Kansas (2-6), Iowa State (5-4) and Kansas State (5-3) — all teams the Buffs have the potential to beat. Win those and the Buffs go bowling, right? Well, maybe.

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder made a good point Monday. During the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference... ..."You have to realize, I think we have eight bowl-alignment opportunities with the Big 12 Conference," Snyder said. "If we were fortunate enough to be bowl eligible, we would be perhaps one of 10 (from the Big 12), so there’s no guarantee that you’re going to end up in a bowl with six wins."

Looking at the Big 12 standings — as well as standings around the country — the Buffs may be on the bowl bubble even with six wins.

Colorado_mediumHansen faces ups, downs of injury - Buffzone - If he had it to do over again, Tyler Hansen might do some things differently during the first three years of his college football career at Colorado.

Colorado_mediumBig East Conference announces plan for football expansion - ESPN - Uh-oh.  Here we go again.

Big East Conference presidents agreed in a meeting on Tuesday that it would be in their best interests to increase Big East football membership from eight schools to 10 members, according to a release from the conference.

Woody Paige has his own plan for CU football next year, after the jump. 

Colorado_mediumPaige: Hawkins must end mess by resigning - The Denver Post 

The two new CU leaders could hit the ground running (and recruiting) before the end of November and make the Buffs' transition in the coaching office and to the new conference very smooth. Colorado must go back to its proud past to create a promising future.

Colorado_mediumKansas not to be taken lightly - The Longmont Times-Call - During the past three weeks, the University of Colorado football team has faced three of the top 35 scoring offenses in the country. The Buffaloes (3-5, 0-4 in the Big 12) were outscored by each of those teams. On Saturday, the Buffs face the 112th-ranked scoring offense. Much easier task, right?

Colorado_mediumRecruits trickle in for CU Buffs football team - Buffzone - Colorado football coaches received their first commitment of the 2011 recruiting class in the middle of June from quarterback Nick Sherry of Petaluma, Calif.

Colorado_medium’90 Buffs Save Best For Fourth Quarter, Dump Big Red -
For three dismal quarters on a dismal day in Lincoln, Neb., CU appeared to be allowing its national championship dream to trickle away. But, oh, that fourth quarter . . . it was the stuff of highlight reels and legendary CU moments.  Trailing 12-0 and reeling from seven fumbles - three of them lost by tailback Eric Bieniemy - the Buffs righted themselves in a very big way and disposed of the Big Red by scoring 27 fourth-quarter points.

 Go Buffs!