An under the radar dispute between Dish Network and Fox Sports 1 had led to the possibility of this weekends college football games being blackout. However, late Wednesday night Dish Network sent out a press release saying that the upcoming college football games, including Colorado vs. Colorado State on Friday night, will be aired.
He added with a smile: "Sometimes I can guess what (Bill McCartney) is going to say because I heard so many stories growing up. But it’s always a lot of fun to hear him. He’s always super-excited and that’s never going to go away. That’s just who he is."
"It's a collective effort," Awuzie said of the work in the secondary. "They (coaches) want us to learn all of the positions so we can rotate positions on the field and play faster. I'm not sure what position would be listed after my name on the roster."
McElwain’s answer: "I think it's getting to where it should be again. Coach MacIntyre has done a fantastic job there . . . . For them, it's a must-win game. It's a must-win game! For us, it's a must-win game, but you know what? We have to get ready to go play a game after it. But I know how it's looked on in the state. I kind of like it that way. Our little guys will show up, and we'll go play the game."
"They've got better resources, they've got more money, they recruit top players," McElwain said. "… Our little guys will show up, and we'll go play the game, and you know I'm excited about the opportunity."
"If they do well, if we do well, more kids are excited about going to games," said Mike MacIntyre, the head coach of Colorado. "More kids are watching it on television. I think that doesn't do anything but help little kids, middle-aged kids, junior high kids and high school kids."
Really, though, fans of the two schools should pull for the other. They really can help elevate each other's programs so that college football "becomes relevant again" in the state, as third-year CSU coach Jim McElwain said Monday.
"I believe every game is a tone-setter," MacIntyre said. "You can win that (opening) game and lose all the rest. You can lose that game and win all the rest. The thing that's exciting about that (first) game is everybody has so much anticipation, no matter who you're playing. You still have 11 games after that, and hopefully another one (bowl game)."
"Yeah, I'm going to be taking some diaper rash stuff to the game," MacIntyre said today during his weekly luncheon. "We've got some young guys. I hope they're not peeing down their legs the first time they walk out there to play.
In reality, he likes the roster he's got and the progress his players have made. He just doesn't know how they're going to perform on game day. Playing a rival in the opener is a heck of a way to introduce those young players to college football.
"You better have a good quarterback or you're not going to have success, not in today's college football," MacIntyre said. "If you look at the pro teams, the ones with a good quarterback, that coach is there for a long time. That's a fact. "... You've got to have a good quarterback and I think we do."
4. Cal and Colorado will be good enough to deliver a major upset this fall: There won't be many wins between the Buffs and Bears, but between the two, there will be at least one that no one sees coming. Utah set the precedent last season when it went 2-7 in conference play with one of those wins against conference champion Stanford. We like Colorado's chances better, but weirder things have happened.
Scott stepped up for the Buffaloes last season when Spencer Dinwiddie tore his ACL and was lost for the season in January. Without Dinwiddie, Colorado’s NCAA tournament hopes looked shot, but Scott was a consistent leader throughout the season. He was the only Buffalo named to the All-Pac-12 first team, finishing in the top 10 of the conference in field-goal percentage, rebounding, free-throw percentage, offensive rebounding, blocks and defensive rebounding. The Buffaloes looked to him in big games, and he didn’t disappoint – dropping 17 points and 11 rebounds in a March 5th game against Stanford that helped secure the team’s NCAA tournament bid. The Buffaloes went on to get blown out by Pitt in their first game, which should give Scott plenty of motivation to improve this season.