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Paul Richardson gets Buffs started on right foot - The Denver Post

"He came in the locker room after he went out a little while and said he could go," coach Mike MacIntyre said. "I let him completely make the decision." Fifth nationally with 123 receiving yards a game, Richardson finished with three catches for 77 yards — all coming in the first half.

Howell: Washington could be inspiration for CU Buffs - Buffzone

In fact, in the past 25 years, CU and Washington have been on such an eerily similar path -- including the fact that Rick Neuheisel won 33 games in four years as CU's head coach and 33 games in four years as Washington's head coach -- that Buffs fans ought to feel optimistic when they watch the Huskies play.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian calls defensive explosion against Colorado "odd"

"It was a little odd, the whole game was," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I’ve always said I respect the game and I respect the football gods and you just try to do things the right way and the way that third quarter went when we were scoring on defense, not even on offense, it was a little bit odd.

CU Buffs will try to get better against struggling Cal Bears - The Denver Post

It's Cal's third-worst defense in the country (526.7 yards per game) vs. Colorado's ninth worst (485.3). It's Cal, allowing 44.7 points per game (third worst), vs. CU, allowing 40.4 (seventh worst).

Colorado football: Buffs' MacIntyre laments change in practice routine last week - Buffzone

MacIntyre said the tried to ease up on his players last week choosing to practice only once in full pads instead of the customary two practices with full contact work. He was encouraged with how his team had hung tough with UCLA the previous week and knew the Buffs were in for a physical game against Washington and running back Bishop Sankey. MacIntyre said if he had to do it over, he would have stayed with the normal routine.

Pac-12 football Power Rankings: Week 11 - ESPN

11. Colorado: The Buffs seemed to run out of gas at Washington. They need to re-engergize, and for now, they get a chance for a conference win with California coming to town. Getting that fourth victory and first Pac-12 notch would be something positive for Year 1 under Mike MacIntyre.

Colorado football: Cal Bears, Buffs share woes - Buffzone

Some will refer to this as the Basement Bowl or some other unflattering term this week because it's a game featuring the two worst teams in the Pac-12 Conference this season. Neither has won a conference game this fall. CU has a 14-game losing streak in the conference and Cal has a 12-game skid in league play. Both programs earned their last victory in the conference last season against Washington State.

Quick look at Week 12 in the Pac-12 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

California leads the series 4-2, including three consecutive wins. Though the last game between the two took place in 2011, this is their first meeting as Pac-12 teams. The 2011 game, which Cal won 36-33 in overtime, was the second game of a home-and-home series signed before the Buffaloes were Big 12 members.

CU Buffs athletic director Rick George accepts fundraising challenge - The Denver Post

"We obviously need to generate more than we have at this point, but I didn't expect us to go in the first 30, 40 days and say we're going to get all this money," George said. "But we need to step up our efforts in the next five weeks." George's task is daunting. He is attempting to raise an estimated $170 million for a facilities renovation project that has been in the works for nearly a decade without a shovel hitting the ground.

CU Buffs' Rick George understands fans' frustration with no DirecTV deal - Buffzone

CU athletic director Rick George says one of the most consistent complaints from CU fans he has heard in his first three months on the job is from those who want the Pac-12 to get a deal done with DirecTV to offer the Pac-12 Network. CU fans who use DirecTV as their service provider can't watch the Buffs play each week, not to mention the recruits who are in the same boat. "I think it has a big impact on CU because we're not getting the exposure that we would like to have," George said.

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Colorado men's baskeball: Buffs' Ben Mills ready to contribute on the court - Buffzone

"I have no idea," said Mills, now a senior, when asked how he become so beloved. "It just happened, I guess. I just came in here my freshman year and people took a liking to me. "Coming into the games and having the entire student section being excited and cheering for me, it was a little weird, but I liked it."

Brooks: Youth Factor Is Big In CU’s Home-Opening Win - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

"I’m still getting used to the rotations," Boyle said. "I’m not sure we have the rotations yet that we’re going to have as the year goes on. But I really like our guys . . . I thought our freshmen really grew tonight and gave us good minutes. It’s hard again with the rotations; I’d like to not have three or four (freshmen) on the floor at once, but sometimes there’s nothing I can do about that."

Colorado men's basketball: Buffs' Spencer Dinwiddie showing complete game - Buffzone

"The thing I love about Spencer and I've loved about him since we started recruiting him, he can affect the game in so many different ways," Boyle said. "I thought he was terrific defensively tonight. I think he's our best perimeter defender. He takes care of the basketball. He gets guys shots. I think he's a great play-maker."

Colorado men's basketball: Booker, Boyle not concerned with shooting slump - Buffzone

"I'm not worried about that right now," Booker said of his shooting percentage. "Later on down the line, I'm going to make shots. I'm not worried about that. I guarantee I'm going to make shots, and I'm going to keep shooting when I'm open."

College basketball's most intriguing nonconference games - Yahoo Sports - No reason to read this because Forde somehow thinks that NONE of Colorado's games are in the top 25.

Women's basketball: Lappe has changed culture for Buffs - Buffzone

"I think in certain terms, yes, we've been able to change the culture and get players in here that have a winning mindset, a winning mentality," Lappe said when asked if the program is where she hoped it would be after three years. "In terms of building our culture and where we're at, yes, it's kind of where we would expect to be.