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Buff Bites: Colorado Secondary Attempting to Slow Down Cal

Greg Henderson leads a secondary with something to prove, Bryce Bobo making an impact.

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CU football: Buffs' will look to Greg Henderson to lead vs. Cal - Buffzone

"Greg has always been like a big brother in the secondary, helping people get settled in their positions and stuff like that," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He's a great leader by example and if you look at him, you can just look at his techniques and look at how you're supposed to play the position.

CU Buffs' Bryce Bobo receiving chances and running with them - The Denver Post

"Everything is coming into place," Bobo said. "I'm starting to know my role on the team, and I'm starting to embrace that I might not be the leading receiver, but I'm going to do what I need to do like not dropping any passes and being a consistent good blocker."

COLORADO PREVIEW: Laying Wood to Spruce - California - Scout

The Buffaloes, much like the Wildcats, make a point of finding Spruce, but they also engineer plays in order to get him the ball. He’s flipped from one side of the field to the other, and sometimes comes out of the slot, which will mean that, more often than not, it could likely be Allensworth guarding him.

Brooks: Lining Up Fast, Playing Faster Keys For CU 'D' - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Dykes’ second Cal team has become the big-play Bears. Through three games, they’ve posted 12 plays of at least 50 or more yards, with four of 40 or more coming last weekend in a gut-wrenching final-play 49-45 loss at Arizona. Cal has produced six plays of 50 or more yards, three of 60 or more, two of 70 or more and one 80-yard touchdown pass against the Wildcats.

CU football: Buffs prepping for fast-starting Cal Bears - Buffzone

Cal has outscored its three opponents 56-0 in the first quarter and 97-20 in the first half so far. It's something CU defensive coordinator Kent Baer is aware of and has shared with his players as the Buffs prepare for their first conference road trip of the season. Baer theorized that preparing for the tempo at which the Bears play is hard to do.

Buffs Continue To Make Progress, Focus On Cal Trip - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

“He’s made some excellent blocks, people don’t notice, on the perimeter to spring some plays,” MacIntyre said. “When he’s had an opportunity to catch some balls and make some plays he’s done it, so I feel good about what Bryce is doing.”

CU football: Buffs' Kenneth Olugbode starting to live up to hype - Buffzone

Baer said Olugbode, who plays the Will linebacker position in the CU base defense, has taken over the responsibility of getting the defense into the right call and alignment. Olugbode is CU's fifth leading tackler heading into a game that seems tailored to his strengths this week against the Bears.

Mike MacIntyre searching for complete effort from CU Buffs at Cal - The Denver Post

"I am definitely seeing signs in our team that that's coming," MacIntyre said. "We've just got to go do it. I think all three phases have played well enough in at least a two-quarter span, and I think we can do that throughout the whole team (in an entire game).

Colorado Buffaloes WR Nelson Spruce off to a record-setting start - ESPN

Through four games, Spruce leads the nation with seven touchdown receptions and is third nationally in receiving yards (518) and receptions (24). Dating back to last season, he has a receiving touchdown in six straight games -- the longest streak in the country.

Pac-12 early-season grades: Utah only team getting an A - Pacific Takes

The Buffs opened up the season on a big disappointment, losing to Colorado State in unspectacular fashion. They have done what they need to do since, winning tight ones against Hawaii and UMass while only losing to Arizona State by 14, but still not much to get excited about other than Nelson Spruce and Sefo Liufau. Grade: D

Colorado Buffaloes WR Nelson Spruce off to a record-setting start - ESPN

Through four games, Spruce leads the nation with seven touchdown receptions and is third nationally in receiving yards (518) and receptions (24). Dating back to last season, he has a receiving touchdown in six straight games -- the longest streak in the country.

What to watch Week 5 in the Pac-12 - ESPN

Ted Miller/@TedMillerRK: It certainly would help if a good crowd shows up and gets behind the Bears. Cheers heal wounds in football. Cal will be tested by Colorado, which is just as hungry as the Bears to move up in the conference pecking order. But I think we will see a focused performance. A heartbreaking as that loss was, Cal’s ultimate takeaway is it is good enough to compete with anyone this season.

Pac-12 football: Picks of the Week (UCLA handles ASU; Cal, Utah and USC struggle) – College Hotline

COLORADO (plus-11.5) at CAL: The line has inched up to the 12-13 range, but I’m not so sure that’s the proper direction. Cal is better than CU, has more talent than CU and is playing at home. But the Buffs will be well prepared, and the Bears could have some issues early as they work through the emotional and physical aftermath of the wrenching loss at Arizona. Pick: Colorado.

Week 5 Pac-12 predictions - ESPN

Why Cal will win: Blowing a game by allowing 36 fourth-quarter points and a last-second Hail Mary touchdown can, for better or for worse, significantly impact a team's mentality heading into the following week. The guess here: Cal will turn its gut-wrenching experience into a galvanizing moment. An explosive attack combined with a much-improved defense to give the Bears a 31-13 lead through three quarters at Arizona. The fourth quarter is one coach Sonny Dykes would like to forget, but the extra boost from the home crowd should be enough to push Cal through the finish line this week. That's the hope in Berkeley, at least: Cal has been outscored by 33 in the second half this year despite outpacing its opponents by 77 in the first half. That 110-point differential is the biggest in all of college football, and Colorado certainly has weapons to make noise down the stretch (see Nelson Spruce) if the Bears again can't finish. -- David Lombardi

Pac-12 power ratings: Oregon remains No. 1 (despite the defense), Utah climbs and Washington drops – College Hotline

Comment: Preseason evaluation remains intact: Buffs are better than they were a year ago regardless of what the W/L ledger says at the end of November.

Joy and pain: Oral history of The Miracle at Michigan - ESPN

Twenty years ago today, the No. 7 Colorado Buffaloes shocked the nation -- and the Big House -- when they rallied from a 12-point deficit with less than three minutes left to beat the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines on a last-second, 64-yard Hail Mary. The college football world will forever remember the play as the Miracle at Michigan.

CSU won't reach $110M goal for new stadium, school president says - Buffzone

The proposed new on-campus football stadium at Colorado State University isn't dead. But school president Tony Frank Thursday conceded that the publicized Plan A — tied to raising $110 miliion in seed money from private contributions — is off the table.