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About that 'Body Blow' theory and Stanford . . . -

There's an old adage you often hear from football coaches, 'Don't let a team beat you two weeks in a row.' In examining what kind of carryover facing a very physical opponent can have, I looked at the toll it takes facing the Stanford Cardinal.

Colorado football: Buffs' Paul Richardson could play final home game Saturday - Buffzone

"I've thought about it, but every week whether it's the first game of the season in my freshman year to how I feel now, it's amazing the feeling of playing in Folsom Field whether we have a small crowd or a big group of guys there," Richardson said. "It's always fun. It's always exciting. You get chills before the kickoff and then you just play through the game off the adrenaline. So I'm looking forward to it again."

Brooks: CU Seniors Eye Folsom Finale Against USC - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Orms and the Buffs are dreaming large. Beat USC and go to Utah on the regular season’s final Saturday chasing a sixth win for bowl eligibility. Doubters smirk and say dream on; seniors such as tight end Scott Fernandez say, "One of our goals this week is to cancel out the noise. That’s talking about everyone outside; we know what they’re going to say. People are always going to talk . . . you just can’t pay that much attention to it."

Colorado football: CU Buffs hoping for a little help from Mother Nature - Buffzone

The USC sports information department provided these facts on the Trojans performance in cold weather games. The Trojans are 9-8-1 in cold weather games, which USC defines as being games where the weather was pointed to as having some effect on the game in media accounts. For instance, the Trojans lost last season at Notre Dame in a cold weather game. The temperatures were in the 40s.

CU Buffs harbor bowl hopes, but No. 23 Southern Cal stands in the way - The Denver Post

"We're in a two-game little playoff going on for ourselves to make ourselves bowl eligible," receiver Paul Richardson said, "so there's a lot to play for." Colorado hasn't had a game this big since 2010. That year, the Buffs were 5-6 and faced 16th-ranked Nebraska, which was 9-2, Big 12 North champion and a heavy favorite. The Buffs got drubbed 45-17.

Pac-12 Conference football Power Rankings: Week 12 - ESPN

11. Colorado: After whipping California, the Buffaloes guaranteed they won't go winless in Pac-12 play. In fact, if they could find some magic and beat USC and Utah, they'd be bowl-eligible in Mike MacIntyre's first season. That seems doubtful, but you can pretty much call MacIntyre's first go-round a success and grounds for hope.

Mike MacIntyre says CU Buffs can't be one-dimensional against USC - The Denver Post

"If you just decide to throw every time, their D-line is too good, they can cover well enough they can get to the quarterback," MacIntyre said at his weekly media luncheon Tuesday. "Then if you decide if you're going to run every time, they're good enough press up. Keep them off balance. "There's different ways to do that but you can't get one-dimensional on them because they're too good. You have to keep them off balance, different formations, different things that we do. That allows our windows to be a little more open for our quarterback. They're so athletic they're like pros. The windows shut quick."

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Buffaloes get bloody to prepare for breakout season - College Basketball - - Great story for SI. Highly recommend.

"That altitude is a real deal," Boyle says. "We better be aware of how we're training at altitude [because] there are risks associated." Both players, CU says, have received iron supplements in the past several weeks and their endurance and level of play has arrived at what was expected.

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Because that’s where it’s at. No, us in the stands aren’t going to win many games – by most accounts we’re worth about 3.5 points or 10.5 if you’re playing at altitude – but without support around what you’re trying to accomplish, Tad Boyle isn’t going to get a chance to win many ball games. Why do Kentucky and Kansas bring all their recruits to Big Blue Madness and Late Night at the Phog? That’s arguably the pinnacle of fan support where 15,000+ seat arenas are packed for a basketball practice.

Colorado men's basketball: True freshman George King growing up fast - Buffzone

"I've grown a lot, offensively, defensively, knowing the plays. Just knowing what I'm doing in particular," King said after scoring a season-high 11 points and pulling down four rebounds. "I feel more comfortable on the court and I'm just having fun out here. I think that's the biggest key, just having fun."

Howell blog: My AP Top 25 men's hoops ballot - Buffzone

As for the Colorado Buffaloes, I've still got them in there, at No. 23. As I said last week, I don't know if they deserve a top 25 spot right now, but I do think they're a good team that belongs in the discussion. There are a lot of teams worthy of consideration, with 47 teams getting at least one vote this week, and CU is one of them.

Brooks: Lappe’s Buffs Getting In Habit Of Sharing - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

In their two wins, the No. 16 Buffs’ "share-and-care" attitude has been evident in their balanced scoring. Junior Jasmine Sborov has moved into an expanded role at guard, playing the point along with junior Lexy Kresl while senior Brittany Wilson works her back into her regular role. With her recuperation from a leg injury nearly done, Wilson’s minutes are on the rise.