Matt Schubert, sports editor: This place is ready to explode. Will the Buffs deliver in Coach Prime’s debut? That probably boils down to this: stopping Nebraska’s run game. Given what happened last week against TCU, that’s not a given. But … Colorado 27, Nebraska 21.
Kyle Newman, sports reporter: It comes down to the wire and the Huskers physicality is all the Buffs can handle. But ultimately, the Colorado defense shows some backbone in the second half and Shedeur Sanders’ late TD pass to Xavier Weaver is the difference. CU 28, Nebraska 27.
Historically the Buffs have been the little brother to Nebraska, who owns a 49-20-2 mark against Colorado including 23-11-2 in Boulder. But CU has won both meetings since both teams left Big-12 in 2010, the last one 34-31 in OT in 2019. — Kyle Newman
Matt Schubert is “guaranteeing” that the Folsom Frenzies will storm the field if CU wins today, by blowout or by last-second dramatics. I would probably also put money down on that prop. — Kyle Newman
The student section is roughly 75% full … and they are IN A LATHER more than an hour before kickoff. Over/under on hours slept over the last day: 0.5. And I’m taking the under. — Matt Schubert
As of 7:20 a.m. US 36 westbound was already backed up slow-and-go 10 miles outside of Boulder. Gonna be a packed day at Folsom Field and the land surrounding. — Kyle Newman
CU Buffs vs. Nebraska: Must reads
BOULDER — Only one man in the free world can stop Travis Hunter. And that’s Deion Sanders.
“He gets upset,” Sanders, coach of the No. 22 CU Buffs and king of the college football world, said Tuesday. “Like I told he and (CU running back) Dylan (Edwards), ‘I don’t want to see (you) practicing until Wednesday.’ So they’re gonna start work (Wednesday), which gives them a few days off to get their body recuperated.”
TH12 set college football back years in Week 1. And by years, we mean decades. According to ProFootballFocus.com charting, the lithe, smooth, 6-foot-1 sophomore celebrated his Buffs debut by kicking it old-school, logging 144 snaps for CU — 80 at cornerback and 64 at wide receiver.
Context: The NCAA record for FBS team offensive plays a game is 118. The FBS mark for combined plays, by two teams, is 209. Read more…
BOULDER — The Prime Effect just crossed another line off the bucket list. Because the Buffs are officially back.
Back in the top 25, at any rate.
CU is ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press national ranking released this afternoon following a 45-42 win at then-No. 17 TCU last Saturday. The Buffs were also part of the AFCA coaches’ poll released Monday, at No. 25.
It’s the Buffs’ first appearance in the AP Top 25 since Dec. 6, 2020, when Karl Dorrell’s team opened their campaign 4-0 in a COVID-shortened season. Read more…
Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) throws against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth September 02, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
BOULDER — Shedeur Sanders is even more careful about his phone number than he is with passing windows. But of all the congratulatory texts the CU’s new QB 1 landed after piloting the Buffs to a 45-42 win at then-No. 17 TCU, one stood out.
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“Don’t be satisfied,” it read.
“It (was) cool,” the CU quarterback said Tuesday when asked about getting a shout from the NFL icon, who retired earlier this year. “It was cool hearing from him, knowing he’s still watching and stuff like that.” Read more…