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Colorado isn’t a rival? Nebraska’s words say otherwise

Huskers and their fans showing true colors before Saturday’s game

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Words can carry many meanings. For the people who reside in the state of Nebraska, some of the phrases uttered when referring to the Colorado Buffaloes don’t always coincide with their true feelings. Saying Colorado and Nebraska isn’t a rivalry game is all about prospective. Take former Huskers coach Tom Osborne’s thoughts into consideration.

“I don’t know—our rival was primarily Oklahoma. For thirty years Nebraska and Oklahoma either won or shared the conference championship 29 times. So, that was our main rival. Each week the team we played was our biggest rival. We gained a lot of respect for Colorado particularly in the 90’s. Bill McCartney built great teams out there with great players. And we certainly respected them throughout the years when they had (Eddie) Crowder, Dal Ward and others like Bill Mallory. Good memories, but probably never a rivalry for Nebraska.”

Easier to say when you’re not coming face-to-face with a charging buffalo.

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Fast forward and ask the Husker players who have hyped this week up if this is more than a game. For this to be just another non-conference affair, some of those in red are truly “in their feelings” about Saturday’s meeting between both schools.

Nebraska hates Colorado.

There’s no debate about that. Just look what Huskers fans are saying on the back end as well.

One side is fired up and the other is remaining calm.

Yet again, as Henry Longfellow once wrote, ”Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”

Hopefully for Nebraska’s sake they don’t wake a bunch of sleeping dogs.

Colorado and Nebraska meet at Folsom Field on Saturday, Sept. 7 with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT on FOX.