TheColorado Buffaloes (5-4, 3-2 Big 12) enter the “games they remember are played in November” stretch of their 2007 schedule by hosting the No. 9 Missouri Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) in a key North Division battle that kicks off at 4:40 p.m. from Boulder’s Folsom Field (53,750)... Missouri is ranked No. 9 across the board, in all three polls and in the BCS Standings... The game will be televised on a national basis by Fox Sports Net, with Joel Meyers (play-byplay), Gary Reasons (analyst) and Jim Knox (sideline reporter) to call the action; it will be an HD broadcast, on Comcast Ch. 664 in Colorado (and on Ch. 97 on DirecTV and Ch. 364 on the DISH Network)... CU coach Dan Hawkins is sniffing the century mark as he enters this game with a 99-37-1 record as a collegiate head coach (60-25 in Division I-A/FBS)... Colorado is going for its 400th win all-time in conference play this Saturday... The Buffs are 3-3 against teams that beat them in 2006 (wins over CSU, Oklahoma and Baylor; losses to Arizona State, Kansas State and Kansas); there are two other chances left to improve on the record with games left against Missouri and Nebraska... CU is coming off a 31-26 win at Texas Tech, as the Buffs intercepted four passes in a game for the first time since the 2005 opener against Colorado State... Tech had 39 rushing yards against CU; Baylor had just 55 to open the month, meaning CU allowed just 94 on the ground in two road trips to Texas in ’07; a third trip would be to the Big 12 title game (it’s in San Antonio)... The CU-Iowa State game at Ames on November 10 was not selected by the normal ABC/FSN/ESPN/Versus picks, but will be televised by the fledgling Fox College Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 414 in Denver/Boulder, Ch. 172 Colorado Springs)... There are about 7,500 tickets left for the Missouri game and 5,000 for the home finale against Nebraska on Nov. 23... CUBuffs.com features game day updates and live stats for all games.
CU To Honor Veterans This Saturday
This Saturday will also mark the annual game where CU pays tribute to those who have served this country in the military. Special events will include a flyover by Navy fighter jets following the national anthem, and the honorary captain for the coin toss will be Sgt Jack Thurman, an 82-year retired and highly decorated marine, who took part in the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II with ties to CU: he went into architecture after his service days and helped design several buildings on campus. Veterans, active and reserve, can purchase $5 tickets for the Missouri game; for more information on how to purchase those special seats, call 303-492-0099. And for all fans, CU is selling its popular “4 for $40” fan packs for the game, available online only at CUBuffs.com.
Stat Of The Week
No Guts, No Glory... Colorado leads the nation in fourth down conversion attempts with 23; the Buffs have converted 11 times (47.8%), which ranks them 64th by percentage. The 11 makes are tied for seventh in the NCAA, but the Buffs are likely first in touchdowns scored with four (all passes to tight ends). Missouri leads the nation in percentage, but is just 4-for-4.
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