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Thursday CU Buff Bites - Buffaloes Football Countdown Begins: The August Blitz Is On!

The countdown has begun. Camp begins the 5th. Colorado Buffaloes Football is imminent! Recapping the Colorado Buffaloes Pre-season Football with news, links, and the August Blitz!

Colorado_medium30: The number of games Colorado had won against Utah. Until we beat them last year 17-14.

Colorado_mediumTHORBURN: CU Buffs' Bowl goal admirable, but tough to achieve - Buffzone

Mission possible. I like Jon Embree's style of setting and publicly announcing important goals for his team. It's refreshing in an age when most of his peers roll out the one-game-at-a-time coach speak. Now, instead of circling the Sept. 15 game at Fresno State as a must-win to end the road losing streak, Embree is aiming higher.

"Our goal this year is to find a way to get to a bowl game," Embree announced to the Pac-12 media world last week in Los Angeles. So how can the boyish Buffs stiff-arm the preseason prognostications and find their way to Albuquerque or Las Vegas or perhaps even San Francisco this December?

Colorado_mediumMen's basketball: Kevin Nelson example of CU Buffs' depth - Buffzone

Kevin Nelson, a former player at New Mexico, is the seventh new face on a crowded depth chart. The 6-2 walk-on guard transfers to CU after playing at junior college power Missouri State West Plains last season. "Kevin is not a typical walk-on," Boyle said. "He's a very good player." The Buffs' future appears to be bright with the coaching staff welcoming six impressive freshmen recruits to campus this summer. Don't let the lack of a scholarship fool you, Nelson isn't here just to wave a towel on the end of the bench.

"Being a walk-on you kind of have to stand out if you want to make an impact, as opposed to just a regular scholarship player," Nelson said. "You have to do everything that coach says and then some more." "I think I bring a certain level of knowledge and experience having been in college for three years now," Nelson said. "I know what to expect, I know how to prepare right, and I can help the younger guys out. At the same time, I still can learn from the older guys, too."

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 Notes " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

Pac-12 picks up at least four more medals on Wednesday With competition still ongoing, the Pac-12 has picked up at least four more medals on Wednesday, upping the cumulative total to 13. Nathan Adrian (Cal) won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle event, while Kristian Ipsen (Stanford) won bronze in the men’s 3m springboard synchronized diving event. In rowing, the Pac-12 had three of the four rowers in the women’s quadruple sculls event, with the US team taking bronze.

Meanwhile, three former Washington Huskies were in the Canadian boat which won silver in the men’s eight rowing event. The Pac-12′s 13 medals currently ties the conference with France and Germany for fourth place in the overall medals totals.

After the jump, what is the 30th most exciting Pac-12 game for this coming season? Also: the August Blitz is on! Know your blitzes!

The Monster Defense, Overload Blitzes and Angle Stunts | Smart Football

...But football is a game of give and take, and defenses are responding. And they are reacting to the up-tempo read-on-the-run offenses of today in two main ways: By becoming more flexible, with more hybrid type defenders to deal with hybrid type offensive players, and doing increasingly more of their own attacking.

College Football Science: Where Your Team Ranks On The Fun/Skill Chart -

In order to better understand college football's major conferences, we must plot each according to its Fun and its Skill. SPOILER: Alabama is both great and as fun as a gas leak. The difference in the Pac-12 are the outliers. When teams are really good in the Pac-12, they tend to be really good and play the sort of football you willingly forfeit sleep for in the name of entertainment.

Stanford is a margin call in entertainment value on the basis of their defense over USC. Oregon towers over both in entertainment value. If you do not agree, you may not be stricken with crippling ADD and may not trust the hurry-up spread option. I pity you on both counts. Washington State earns a Ham rating for the sheer entertainment of Mike Leach's offense attempting to sew together the scraps of the Paul Wulff era.

Otherwise, the Pac-12 has the usual bell curve, and then poor Cal, UCLA, Colorado, and the Arizonas rounding out the conference's full, luscious bottom. If the ACC is big in the middle, the Pac-12 looks like an upended barbell in terms of fun/skill: a brawl at the bottom, not much in the middle, and then high wire kung-fu fights at the top.

Colorado_pac-12Football Fast Forward: Oregon > Pac12 > News - The Pac-12 has tapped the SBNation team blogs to provide previews to each team's Pac-12 Network debut. Next is Oregon. Find out how much they like the smell of their own farts...

The three-time defending conference champion Oregon Ducks make their Pac-12 Networks debut September 8 against Fresno State in a game that will be highlighted by wholesale changes for both teams...

It's a lot...

Colorado_pac-12Best Pac-12 Football Games in 2012, 30 To 21: Civil War Or Holy War? - Pacific Takes

28. Utah at Colorado, November 24 An absolutely shocking upset by Utah at home to Colorado cost them a chance at the Pac-12 South title and a shot at the Rose Bowl. This isn't a rivalry game yet, but you have to figure that the Utes will have revenge on the mind in Boulder, and they will try their hardest to obtain victory against a likely underdog in the Buffaloes.

Colorado_mediumBuffaloes Summer Break: Lizzy Herzl - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Today's installment comes from Lizzy Herzl, a junior defender for the soccer team. A native of Littleton, Colo., Herzl played 15 games, starting nine, as a stopper on the Buffaloes back row as a sophomore. Her one career goal, in 2010 as a freshman, proved to be one of the most memorable in team history as her overtime blast defeated No. 10 UCLA, 1-0, in the Omni Hotels Classic.

Favorite vacation destination and why? Germany/Europe, because of the lifestyle and history. And German pretzels!

If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour, who would it be, and what would you do with them? Marcus Luttrell (Author of Lone Survivor) I would ask him to compare our workouts with that of the navy SEALS. I think ours wouldn’t seem too bad after that!

Go Buffs!