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Mike MacIntyre on NBC Sports Radio with Mark Malone

#TheRise gets national attention ahead of the Buffaloes final two games.

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The battle of Pac-12 leaders will be settled on Saturday with the No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes and No. 22 Washington State meeting in Boulder. Through all his accomplishments this season coach Mike MacIntyre has remained humble and focused on the goal of guiding the Buffs to a conference championship.

Coach Mac joined "Under Center with Mark Malone" on NBC Sports Radio to talk about Colorado's success along with the influence of his late father, George.

The Buffs are currently ranked in the top ten for the first time in 14 years and looking to improve on the 8-2 record this season. CU controls their own destiny in the race for the Pac-12 South division; needing to win out to play for a conference championship for the first time since 2005.

"We put our three P's together— persistence, passion and prayer and just keep fighting and keep walking," MacIntyre said about CU's progress.

MacIntyre has orchestrated one of the best turnarounds in CU history by advancing the program from a 6-19 record combined in the previous two seasons to a first place standing this year. Mac's efforts have pushed him into the conversation for national Coach of the Year in his fourth season with Colorado.

The story of Steven Montez's recruitment was brought up during the interview and MacIntyre shared a story about Jim Jeffcoat recruiting the quarterback in El Paso, Texas.

11-18-2016: Mike MacIntyre on Under Center with Mark Malone

The audio of the interview is here courtesy of NBC Sports Radio.

The Buffaloes and Cougars kickoff from Boulder at 1:30 p.m. MT on Saturday (11/19) with national TV coverage on FOX.