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FIRST LOOK: CU Buffs Thursday night uniforms - BSN Denver - Sources told BSN that the Buffs will be wearing silver helmets and pants accompanied by a white jersey against the Warriors.

CU football: It's showtime for Buffs - Buffzone

"Yeah, definitely," Liufau said. "We've put in a lot of work this offseason and we want it to show out there on the field. Hopefully, we can go out there and be consistent and execute, because we know how we can play. Now we just have to go out there and show it to everyone."

10 bold Pac-12 predictions for 2015 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

9. Colorado will upset someone: The Buffs might not quite be at bowl-berth level yet. But they are good enough to put a scare into a few teams. And at least once this season, they are going to knock off someone that folks like us say they shouldn't. I don't know who. It could be a team from the South or North. But you need only to look at how close Colorado was last year to breaking through. This year, one of those close games will go the Buffs way.

The Rumblings of a Deranged Buffalo: 2015 CU vs Hawai'i Football Preview

To do so, not only against Colorado this evening, but also over the course of their 13-game slate this fall, they'll need to turn around some decidedly indifferent numbers from a year ago.  111th in overall F/+ (for those of you who like advanced metrics), 123rd in Sagarin, 108th in scoring offense, and 82nd in total defense.  With a pair of new coordinators, however, there is a hope for growth, and it should be easy to secure better returns once conference play rolls around.

Best case / Worst case: Colorado Football 2015 - BSN Denver - Must read

The Buffaloes came out storming on a rainy night in Honolulu, behind a hot handed Phillip Lindsay, who bit off large chunk after large chunk. The Buffs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, and extended it to 21-0 before the half.

Buffs Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

"It’s unbelievable," Buff defensive lineman Jordan Carrell said. "You hear about it, but when you see it, that’s when it hits home. It makes you proud of our country and the men who served. I’m glad I was able to experience it with the men I work so closely with every day. I’m glad we were here as a team."

Sources: CU Buffs have decided on a starting kicker and punter - BSN Denver
Sources tell BSNDenver.com that after a hard fought battle throughout the preseason, Colorado has finally settled on starters in the kicking game. At kicker, Diego Gonzalez has won the job over Chris Graham.

Woelk: Five Areas To Watch In CU-Hawaii Game - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Takeaways and turnovers. Both were an issue for the Buffs a year ago, but it’s the defensive takeaways that have been a focus throughout camp. Colorado’s defense forced just 11 turnovers a year ago, a number the Buffs need to increase significantly this year. If Wittek comes out throwing as expected, the Buffs will have their chances, especially if they get some pressure up front.

Ranking the Pac-12 season openers - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

8. Colorado at Hawai'i: Thursday evening will mark the end of the offseason football drought, so it'll be fun. Just how fun depends on one's bedtime: The Buffs kick off on the islands at 10 p.m. PT in their first chance to show improvement on the field. This game will mark the end of an opening tripleheader also featuring Utah-Michigan and UTSA-Arizona.

Why you should be excited about 130 college football teams in 2015 - SBNation.com

Colorado: Hey! It's the 25th anniversary of Colorado's national title!

CU football: Five questions about the Rainbow Warriors - Buffzone

Tsai: They're using more of the tight ends in this offense. In (head coach Norm) Chow's first three years, the tight end was more of a blocker. Now they're using them more as receivers and they're actually running deeper routes with their tight ends. The tight end is more like a fourth receiver in three-receiver sets.

PODCAST: Ryan Koenigsberg joins the BuffStampede Radio 2015 Season Preview - BSN Denver
Ryan joins Adam Musterteiger, the publisher of Buffstampede.com, as well as Buffstampede fan correspondent Tyler Ziskin, for the 2015 season preview podcast.

Brooks: Openers Can Be Hard To Forecast – This One In Particular - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

This week’s trip to the islands ratchets up MacIntyre’s apprehension level because it’s a trek into the unknown. Here’s why: After last season’s 4-9 finish – his third consecutive losing season – Hawai’i head coach Norm Chow reconfigured his staff. Chow, now 8-29 overall and undoubtedly experiencing some tropical heat, hired new coordinators (Don Bailey, offense; Tom Mason, defense) and a new special teams coach (Jake Cookus). There are also first-year assistants tutoring the secondary and defensive line. There’s a new quarterback, too, and we’ll get to him in a bit.

Rocky Mountain Showdown ‘Good For The State, Good For Each Program’ " CBS Denver

Hagan, quarterback for the Buffs from 1988 to 1991, is now the director of player development for the team. "It really means that I’m a big brother, a mentor, father figure; make sure I keep everything in order, make sure they’re doing the correct things on the field and off the field," Hagan said.

Players with something to prove: Pac-12 South - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Linebacker Addison Gillam was on Scooby Wright III-type pace when they both were freshmen. But injuries and illness slowed him down in 2014 and his weight even dropped to below 200 pounds. He’s back up to 225 and listed as a starter. In 2013 he posted 119 tackles, including three sacks and seven for a loss in what was one of the finest freshman seasons for a Colorado defensive player. He’s out to regain his freshman form and show he wasn’t just a one-year wonder.

Brian Howell column: Buffs see the light at end of the tunnel - Buffzone

Four good quarters may not be enough against this Colorado team. With Liufau entering his second full season as the starter — and third season as the main signal caller — and a plethora of emerging weapons, the offense could be explosive. It was already one of the country's most up-tempo offensive units last year.

Mike MacIntyre wants to make Colorado a destination for talented QBs - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

"The bottom line is we have to win some games," offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren said. That's the thing. Boulder, Colorado, to me, is a beautiful campus. It's a great college town. It's a great university. We just built a beautiful new facility. Once we start winning some games I think some of those guys that are a little more highly regarded will start looking our way. I truly do."

CU football preview: New views, facilities will greet fans in 2015 - Buffzone

CU made alcohol available outside the club and suite levels last season in two separate beer gardens, but those drinks could not be taken back into regular seating areas. That policy will remain in place this fall, but instead of two beer gardens, Balch Fieldhouse will be the beer garden this season.