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Wednesday CU Football Buff Bites - Rocky Mountain Showdown Should Be Played On Campus. Why?

Ryan Thorburn was talking about football reasons...  I think...(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Ryan Thorburn was talking about football reasons... I think...(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Football Stories, News, and Links, and Reasons Football Should be Played on a College Campus

Colorado_mediumTHORBURN: It's time to move 'Showdown' back to campus - Buffzone

I understand why the 4A and 5A state championships are played at Sports Authority Field. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those high school players to step on the same field where Tim Tebow watches the Denver Broncos play.

But the Buffs should want to beat the Rams in front of a rowdy crowd at Folsom Field. That's what their loyal season-ticket holders want.

And CSU should make CU come to Hughes Stadium instead of selling out for a Mile High paycheck. From coast to coast -- Florida-Florida State, Alabama-Auburn, Iowa-Iowa State, Michigan-Michigan State, USC-UCLA -- the best in-state rivalries are played on campus.

Colorado_pac-12Hot and not in the Pac-12 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN 

Hot: Pac-12 passing - Five Pac-12 teams rank in the nation's top 25 in passing: Arizona, Washington State, Colorado, Arizona State and Oregon. Not: Pac-12 rushing

Not: Pac-12 rushing - Just one Pac-12 team ranks among the the nation's top 25 in rushing: No. 16 UCLA. Seven rank 63rd or worse.

Colorado_mediumColorado Daily – CSU " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair - Some quotes from Embree's Tuesday Press Conference

"On the offensive side, I see a kid that’s grown up as a quarterback. When you look at our game last year, obviously his first game ever, and then – I’ve been watching him a lot at San Diego State and BYU last year, seeing the progress he’s made, to this year, that really jumps out at me.

Defensively, I worked with Larry (Kerr, CSU defensive coordinator) for three years. A Larry Kerr coached defense is fundamentally sound, they do a good job of tackling. They know where there help is. They do a good job trying to take an offense out of what they do well, and force you to do what you don’t do well."

On the Rams losing linebacker Mychael Sisson – "You can definitely tell he’s the ring leader. He brings energy to that side of the ball. He makes great plays, he’s a great player. How it affects them, though, we really won’t know until Saturday."

The implication here of course is that CSU are a bunch of criminals and Sisson was their leader.  I think I saw where Cam the Ram will be their replacement OLB.

But wait, there's more!


 DOS AND DON'TS FOR THE 2011 FOOTBALL SEASON - Every Day Should Be Saturday 

I today, Karl Lagerfeld, am to show what fashion is in college football. Follow! So close are these words fashion and fascism. Both are an order. Both despise sauces. Bearnaise is the weakness the French pour on the world to make its bones flimsy beneath the weights of unused calories. The bubble screen is the Bearnaise sauce of plays. IGNORE ITS ENTREATIES.

They are more costly than you know. 


Something tells me drugs may have been involved.

Colorado_pac-12Conference Realignment: Oklahoma, Texas, FSU Arranging Bomb Shelters -

-Texas A&M was hoping to join the SEC, but a statement by the league says that "no action" will be taken with regard to SEC expansion for now.

-It's been nine days since ACC commissioner John Swofford appeared to deny reports that his conference has been looking into adding the Texas Longhorns. While everybody's denying everything at this point, looking more closely at his remarks reveals he definitely didn't deny anything in particular. Hmm.

-It seems we're getting even closer to a superconference, as news is coming out of Florida State that the administration will form a committee to explore switching conferences or bringing some Texas-sized help to the ACC.

Colorado_mediumOpponent Watch: CSU Sucks: Fairchild: From top to bottom I thought we took a step forward, did some nice things - Colorado State University Official Athletic Site

"With regards to the game last Saturday, we certainly played a capable first half. Offensively, I liked our fast start. I thought we did some good things running and throwing the football. Defensively, I thought we did some good things as well. We turned the ball over, got some three-and-outs. I was pleased in just about every aspect of our game in the first half. 

Colorado_mediumArmy's Pro-Combat Uniform - Photos of Nike Football - Army's Pro-Combat uniform from Nike. A glimpse at what a future #CUBuffs uni may look like? It's their facebook page; be forewarned agaist a flurry of "BEASTMODE" comments.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: 'P-Rich' Brings Wealth Of Talent To Buffs -  

Of his yardage total, 162 came after the catch - a point of emphasis for Richardson since last winter when Embree and most of his staff arrived. At almost every practice since last spring, Richardson said offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has preached the need for second and third efforts from his receivers and running backs - and Richardson has been listening.

"I'm going to pick up a lot of attention," Richardson admitted. "At the end of last season, when I made a few plays, the coverages started to pick up as far as bracketing me and double-covering me. I think one of the Cal DBs said they even went to double-coverage in the second half . . . so I pretty much have to expect that for the rest of the season."

One of the reasons Richardson has started so explosively this season - he's tied for the NCAA lead in receiving yards (333) and is second in TD receptions (four) - is the off-season time spent on developing timing and chemistry with Hansen. "It took a year to develop that," Hansen said, adding that his passing game bond with McKnight developed because "Scotty was a smart player; he knew everything about our passing game." That same kind of bond is forming between Hansen and Richardson, who, according to Embree, is good because he's obviously talented but also because he wants to be good.

"He's improved as a route-runner, improved his body control," Embree said. "He's using speed more in bursts and knowing when to play at a different speed. He's always been a good hands catcher, not a body catcher. And he's understanding what defenses are doing and how he fits within the scheme of what we're trying to do from a passing standpoint."

Plus, Richardson has put in his due diligence with Hansen. The duo worked at least three days a week during the summer, going through "the whole route tree," Hansen said. "He's done a great job since spring, he's worked on everything. He's a complete receiver now (but) you can't coach or teach speed. He has it."

And that "it" factor has helped 'P-Rich' develop this mindset: "Don't get hit . . . so pretty much I'll run as fast as I can." 

Colorado_mediumXC Teams Maintain Top 10 National Rankings - 

The University of Colorado men's and women's cross country program remained in the top 10 of the USTFCCCA Top 30 Poll, which was released on Tuesday. The women held on to their fourth-place ranking in the preseason poll, while the men slipped from to eighth.

Go Buffs! Run fast in every sport!