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Colorado receives AP Top 25 Poll vote from an unlikely source

A friendly neighbor to the northeast believes in #TheRise.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes got some recognition from a highly unlike place -- Omaha, Nebraska.

The AP's Top 25 College Football poll was released today and the Buffs received a vote from Omaha World Herald writer, Sam Mckewon. He put CU at No. 25 in his poll, following the 44-7 blowout victory over the in-state rival Colorado State Rams. Mckewon, who regularly covers the Nebraska Cornhuskers explained his "controversial" decision in his latest blog.

"No. 25 Colorado: And here we have a controversial pick. CU? The Buffaloes? Which has won 11 games in four years? Yes. Colorado, based on one of the most dominant wins of the weekend, a 44-7 rout of Colorado State. CU outgained CSU by 353 yards, won the turnover battle +2, converted 12 of 19 third downs — this was a good performance. Better than TCU and Pitt — even if both won. If the goal is to reward performance, and not some preconceived notion of goodness, then, through one week, Colorado is a top 25 team to me. They may drop out soon enough."

More people are starting to join the Buffs on The Rise, including alumni and current ESPN analyst, Chris Fowler.

None of this will make up for former Nebraska coaching legend Tom Osborne's botched vote in 1990's UPI poll, but nonetheless, it's good to see Colorado back in the national conversation.