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.
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 nose guard Darrion Daniels on Colorado: “My coach don’t like them, so I don’t like them. And that’s the mindset. My teammates got some beef with them. I got beef with them.” pic.twitter.com/bwsdCvMBLK— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 31, 2019
Nebraska secondary coach Travis Fisher on his message to the defensive backs, moving on to face Colorado: “You should have beat (South Alabama) worse than that. But this team is different. This team beat you last year. It’s a different approach. We owe them one.” pic.twitter.com/9LBJbrwaA3— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 3, 2019
"It’s a target on their head," Nebraska defensive back Cam Taylor-Britt says of Colorado, when asked about the injury Adrian Martinez suffered last year against the Buffs.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 2, 2019
“Thank God I came here."— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) September 4, 2019
From being recruited by Colorado to coming from a family of Buffs fans, many #Huskers who arrived from the mile-high state have extra incentive this weekend. Some recruiting battles may hang in the balance too.https://t.co/CD8D8cOmxG
Nebraska hates Colorado.
There’s no debate about that. Just look what Huskers fans are saying on the back end as well.
The Colorado buffalo fan base has been the most classless Fanbase in college football for a long time. Not to mention last year that shithead LB of yours who deliberately hurt our QB. You don’t deserve the respect.We’re taking over your stadium on Saturday. Paybacks coming!— Joe in Phoenix (@papajoe1215) September 3, 2019
LOL ... not even sure where to start with this.— Peter Gornell (@procksi) August 31, 2019
1. CU showed little vs CSU
2. CU sucks and always will
3. CU LB tried to tear AM2's knee after the whistle = https://t.co/5PuPkhtXJd (don't grab/hold/twist after the whistle)
4. AM2: https://t.co/X7zKOTmnEc
5. Payback is a bitch
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.
Eyebrows raise in Boulder after Nebraska coach Scott Frost refers to the Colorado Buffaloes as 'ex-rivals.' https://t.co/b86lVF9uol— Ken Goe (@KenGoe) September 3, 2019
Montez on Nebraska: “They’re talking enough for both of us.”— Henry Chisholm (@HenryChisholm) September 3, 2019
Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mel Tucker on starting the season against CSU, Nebraska and Air Force: “Those are three big rivalry games. You don’t downplay that. Not a day goes by when someone tells me that we have to beat Nebraska.” #CUBuffs pic.twitter.com/1NReLPYlX6— Justin Adams (@justinadamsKOA) August 3, 2019
Colorado and Nebraska meet at Folsom Field on Saturday, Sept. 7 with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT on FOX.