Quickly: The Colorado Buffaloes (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) finally will play a game in the friendly confines of its home stadium, Folsom Field (53,613 capacity), this Saturday, Sept. 18, hosting the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (1-1, 0-0 WAC) in a 1:40 p.m. kickoff ... Fox College Sports-Central will televise the game on a regional basis, though many cable systems carry all three of the FCS channels (Atlantic, Central, Pacific) ... This is just the second game ever between CU and Hawai'i; it's the Warriors' first trip to the state of Colorado since Oct. 4, 1997 (a 63-0 loss at Colorado State), and first at a Big 12 school since a 56-10 setback at Nebraska in 1978 ... The high temperature Saturday is expected to be in the low-80s with sunny skies ... Calendar-wise, this will be CU's latest home opener since 1980, when the Buffs hosted Indiana (also game three) on Sept. 27 ... About 10,000 tickets remained for the game as of Tuesday morning ... For the first time since 1948, there is no printed CU media guide this year (mostly due to NCAA legislation and restrictions); there is an on-line version, however ... Visit CUBuffs.com/gameday as your one stop for everything, including live stats for all games.
Alfred Williams Day: The Hawai'i game was designated last May as ALFRED WILLIAMS DAY when the former Buffalo All-American was selected as one of the inductees this December into the College Football Hall of Fame. Williams, who lettered at CU from 1987-90, won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker his senior year when he helped Colorado to the national championship. He will have 80 people in attendance from all around the country to celebrate his day at Folsom Saturday, which culminates in a halftime ceremony; see page 32 of these notes for more information.
Stat of the Week: Third-and-short wasn't exactly CU's forte in 2009, as the Buffs were just 8-of-12 on 3rd-&-1 last fall; fast-forward to 2010, and Colorado is as good as any team in the nation through two games: the Buffaloes have converted to the tune of 6-of-6 on 3rd-&-1. TB Rodney Stewart has been the go-to guy on third and short, and behind an improving line in short yardage situations, he is personally 6-of-6 on 3rd-&-1 (5-of-5) or 2 (1-of-1). Through two games, in 3rd or 4th down and short situations (1 or 2 yards to go), CU is a healthy 8-of-9, whereas the opponent is 1-of-7.
Obscure Note(s) of the Week: Despite scoring 52 points, California mustered just 356 yards of total offense, using short fields and two defensive returns to score the bulk of its points. In CU history, the Buffaloes have allowed 50 or more points just 25 times (in 1,139 games); this marked just the fourth time when an opponent scored 50 points that it did not record at least 400 yards in offense. The low was by Notre Dame, which gained 351 in a 55-14 win in South Bend in 1984; right behind was 352 by UCLA in the Bruins 56-14 win in the 1980 season opener (that's deceiving because Terry Donahue called off the dogs after UCLA built a 56-0 halftime lead). Next comes the 356 that California amassed in its 52-7 win last Saturday, and then 398 by Missouri in a 57-0 win in Columbia in 1957.