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Friday CU Football Buff Bites - Buffaloes Ready to Rumble, Rams Ready to Crumble

Ralphie and the Buffs are ready to trample all over some green (rams). (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Ralphie and the Buffs are ready to trample all over some green (rams). (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Football and Rocky Mountain Showdown News, Links, and Stories

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Can CU Outflank Fairchild In 'Chess Match?' - 

Colorado's 24-3 yawner against Colorado State last season in Denver was a good way for the Buffaloes to start a year that ended badly. But that win has received little more than a cursory look from CU coaches this week as they prepare for Saturday's Rocky Mountain Showdown.

The taped re-run that has captivated the Buffs staffers (and, in fact, has them more than a little on edge) is the 2009 CU-CSU game in Boulder. The Rams, 101/2-point underdogs then and losers in seven consecutive visits to Folsom Field, rolled to a 20-3 halftime lead then held off the Buffs for a 6-point victory.

Current defensive coordinator Greg Brown was on the CU staff then as secondary coach, and what he remembers most about that '09 game also is what makes him the wariest about Saturday's encounter. Brown portrays fourth-year CSU coach Steve Fairchild as having one of the keenest offensive minds around. In exclusive defensive circles, Brown has the same reputation.

Let the chess match begin . . .

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12: Did you know? - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Tons of factoids here, only the CU-specific ones clipped. Would you like to know more?

-Colorado leads its series with Colorado State 60-20-2. The Buffaloes won 24-3 last year.

-Colorado had never lost a game in which it didn't surrender either a sack or turnover until last weekend against California.

Colorado_mediumPac-12 predictions: Week 3 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Colorado 30, Colorado State 21: The Buffaloes will get the win because they'll finally get running back Rodney Stewart going, even with a beaten up offensive line. BYU 28, Utah 27: Both teams are coming off tough losses, but BYU is at home, and that's the difference after the Utes won by a single point at home in 2010. Oregon 80, Missouri State 2: Chip Kelly will be unhappy with the shotgun snap from the backup center that costs the Ducks a shutout. California 742, Presbyterian 5: We won't be taking this game seriously.

Was Jeff Tedford told to sit in the corner? I think he was.  Good thing Cal's Playing Powerhouse Presbyterian this week, or else Tedford might have to complain some more.  There's always next week.

Also, Spencer Hall does drugs and writes about College Football, and then I link to it! Contact high delivered...

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 to Tedford: Hush! Go stand in corner - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

California coach Jeff Tedford has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 for criticizing officials after a 36-33 overtime win at Colorado. No word it Tedford was given a timeout or told to stand in the corner with a dunce cap. No word on whether Tedford was put on double-secret probation.

And some context to that...

Colorado_pac-12Headlinin’: Ohio State scandal hitting retailers where it really hurts - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

• Yes, we were wrong, but you were wrong for pointing out we were wrong. Cal coach Jeff Tedford has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 for criticizing officials after the Bears' 36-33 overtime win at Colorado, specifically over a personal foul penalty against defensive end Trevor Guyton that extended an eventual Colorado touchdown drive after a third-down stop. Tedford said earlier this week he'd spoken to Pac-12 officiating head Tony Corrente, who conceded that the call was wrong because the whistle hadn't blown when Guyton tackled Buffalo running back Rodney Stewart. "The one on Guyton was a terrible call," Tedford said. "The guy was never down. They blew the whistle right when he hit him. They blew that one." [Associated Press, Contra Costa Times]

Fans help save man at Notre Dame Fighting Irish-Michigan Wolverines game - ESPN - Didn't every Notre Dame fan have a heart attack during last week's Notre Dame-Michigan game?

 College Football Power Rankings, Week 2: Power Incomprehensible And Crimson-Tinted -

Which college football teams looked most impressive last weekend and last weekend alone? Spencer Hall provides the answers. AHHHHHH THE POWER. You can feel it through the very screen, can't you, dear reader? POWER RANKINGS OHHH GADZOOKS THE POWER OF THEM ALL have returned with all their all-caps glory

Oklahoma State football stuns opponents like the irresistible RAW POWER OF PURE PAINT THINNER.

2. OKLAHOMA STATE. I swear Justin Blackmon was looking at his nails during routes, so loose and unchallenging was Arizona's coverage of His Receivershipness. Did you know Mike Gundy took the second and third quarters off to take his kids to see Contagion? The scene with Gwyneth Paltrow's death made it "the feel good movie of the year," and he still got back in time to kick his team into gear for a fourth quarter flourish and finish a game that was essentially over in the first. T. Boone Pickens says be careful where you're laughin' with that air, son. He bought it all last week and charges by the breath starting in November. 

Colorado_mediumBuffs To Face No. 1 Cal And No. 2 Stanford - - Welcome to the Conference of Champions, Buffs

The Pac-12 Conference season has officially started for the University of Colorado volleyball team and the Buffs will face a very tough test with their first conference road trip against No. 1 California and No. 2 Stanford this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17.

Colorado_pac-12Opponent Watch: Stanford Vs. Duke Gamefilm Review: Andrew Luck Getting Hit A Lot More - Pacific Takes

The Stanford Cardinal might be ranked 6th in the country, but their offensive line and pass defense have a lot of improving to do, as quarterback Andrew Luck is getting hit a lot more.

Stanford got blown up a couple of times by stunt blitzes.... 

Re-read that quote, and then realize that it was AGAINST DUKE.

Here Follows your Weekly Pac-12 Expansion Article Diarrhea

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 Expansion: Will Texas Come West, Pick The ACC, Or Go Independent? - Pacific Takes

The Texas Longhorns have multiple options if they can't save the Big 12, including going to the ACC or choosing independence. But joining an expanding Pac-12 might be their best option.

Colorado_pac-12STLtoday : MU's Deaton discusses OU, future of Big 12

Mizzou chancellor Brady Deaton, the chairman of the Big 12 board, said Wednesday night that he anticipates clarification of the University of Oklahoma's future alignment intentions within 10 to 14 days but that he remained hopeful the conference could stay viable even if OU — and probably Oklahoma State with it — were to leave. "I don't want to go too far there, (but) there's a legal basis for the Big 12 to go on and, certainly, I would expect that to continue," he said in a phone interview.

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

Brady Deaton, the chancellor of the University of Missouri and the Big 12's board chairman, discussed the state of the conference Thursday with Vahe Gregorian. Deaton expects the Oklahoma Sooners to make their conference alignment interests known within the next two weeks, adding that he thinks the Big 12 can survive even if it loses OU and the Oklahoma St. Cowboys.

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 Expansion: Serious Divisional Realignment Issues In A 14-Team Conference - Pacific Takes

The Pac-12 could expand to 14 teams with the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but it's an unresolved mystery as to how the conference can break them up into two separate divisions and satisfy all the major schools.

[Diarrhea Over]

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs expect to have hands full vs. CSU Rams' offense - Buffzone

Steve Fairchild was 1-2 against Dan Hawkins. Colorado State is coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons. The Rams are 2-0 this year, but only scored 14 points against lowly New Mexico in the opener.

Yet when Greg Brown turns on the film of the CSU Rams, the Colorado defensive coordinator sees the high-flying St. Louis Rams. "Steve Fairchild is as good as it gets as far as an offensive mind. Look at the guy's background," Brown said when asked about the Buffs' looming Rocky Mountain Showdown with CSU on Saturday at Sports Authority Field. "He comes from the Rams when they were still the Greatest Show on Turf.

The guy understands what's going on. He understands how to protect the passer and go after defenses." Brown was the defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons when Fairchild was an offensive assistant in St. Louis under Mike Martz.

"They're a hard-playing team and they always come out with something different. We've just got to play our game," CU safety Ray Polk said. "(Thomas) has improved a ton. He's definitely a different quarterback, and they're a different team. "They're going to throw some stuff at us that we're not going to expect. We'll see how it goes. I look forward to playing them."  

That's the attitude! Bring 'em on! Go Buffs!