TheColorado Buffaloes (5-6, 3-4 Big 12) are in backs against the wall mode for their regular season finale this Friday, Nov. 23, hosting what you could call the “Bowl Eligible Bowl” as the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6, 2-5 Big 12) visit town for a 10:09 a.m. kickoff at Folsom Field (53,750)... The winner becomes the eighth bowl eligible team in the Big 12 (though not guaranteed a bowl, depends on spots available), but the loser definitely is home for the holidays... The game will be televised nationally by ABC, with Dave LaMont (play-by-play), David Norrie (analyst) and Vince Welch (sidelines) to call the action (CU’s intros for ABC, done by alumni all season, will be nothing short of “cool” for this game, but we won’t tip you)... The game will also air nationally on SportsUSA Radio, with Tony Roberts (p-b-p), former Chicago Bear defensive back Doug Plank (analyst) and Rich Herrera (sidelines) behind the mikes (Plank was a teammate of current CU linebacker coach Brian Cabral)... Third time the charm? CU coach Dan Hawkins is at the doorstep of the century mark as he takes a third crack at winning No. 100 in his career, entering this game with a 99-39-1 record as a collegiate head coach (60-27 in Division IA/FBS); CU is also going for its 400th win all-time in conference play... The Buffs need to win to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in 22 years (a six-year run between 1979-84); that’s the 18th longest active run in the NCAA without going below .500 two straight years (and would then need to win the bowl game)... CU is coming off a gut-wrenching 31-28 loss at Iowa State, as the Buffs could not produce a victory after leading 21-0; it matched the largest lead CU ever had in a game without earning the win: the only other occasion CU let a 21-point lead slip away was on Oct. 7, 1950, when KU rallied from 21-0 down to win 27-21 in Lawrence... The Buffs are 3-4 against teams that beat them in 2006 (wins over CSU, Oklahoma and Baylor; losses to Arizona State, Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri); thus they can pull even with a win over NU... There are 5,000 tickets remaining for the game, mostly endzone seats where the students normally sit... CUBuffs.com features game day updates and live stats for all games.
Freshman Record On The Horizon
Through 11 games, starts have been made by 45 freshmen (27 redshirt, 18 true); that is a school record as the old mark was 42 in 1998 (34 redshirt, 8 true). This is the fourth time freshmen have accounted for 40 starts, as that many started in 1987 and 1991; the 18 starts by true frosh won’t reach the record 29 set in ’91... but two other times CU had 20 or more true newbies make starts, in 1987 (23) and 1980 (20).
Stat Of The Week
Colorado has held three teams to their season low in points, and two others to the second fewest. Florida State (16), Miami-Ohio (0) and Kansas (19) all scored their lowest point totals against Colorado, while Oklahoma (24) and Texas Tech (26) scored fewer just one other time out. Combined, the five scored 89 points under their current season scoring averages when playing the Buffs.
Obscure Note Of The Week
BCS Standings (Nov. 18): 1. LSU; 2. Kansas; 3. West Virginia; 4. Missouri; 5. Ohio State; 6. Arizona State; 7. Georgia; 8. Virginia Tech; 9. Oregon; 10. Oklahoma. Only one school in the country has played four of those currently ranked in the BCS Top 10, and that would be... Colorado. The Buffs have a 27- 24 win over No. 10 Oklahoma, a narrow 19-14 loss to No. 2 Kansas (a last minute drive stalled), a 33-14 loss at No. 6 Arizona State where they scored just once in six trips inside ASU territory in the first half; and a 55-10 loss to No. 4 Missouri (though led 10-7 after the first quarter). Only two other schools have played as many as three in this week’s standings: Iowa State and Mississippi.
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