|Colorado at Utah
Saturday, Nov. 30, 12 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: Pac-12 Networks | Radio: AM 850 KOA
Brooks: Buffs, Utes Eye Finish Line, No Bowl Plans
SALT LAKE CITY – With no postseason destination awaiting them, the Colorado Buffaloes would like to end their 2013 football season here Saturday the way they started it – with a win.
It won’t be easy, but then little has been in Mike MacIntyre’s first year as CU’s head coach. In early August, he proposed to the Buffs that they start fast and finish strong, and at the very least they adhered to the first part before the Boulder area’s historic flood put football on hold for 21 days.
Before the unanticipated and perhaps costly break, CU got its fast start with wins against rival Colorado State (41-27) and Central Arkansas (38-24). Momentum undoubtedly suffered as the scheduled toughened, and now the Buffs find themselves pinning their season’s final hope on a strong finish, as are the Utes.
The oddsmakers set Utah as an early 17-point favorite, and a look at comparative scores and schedules offers insight into their thinking. Utah’s schedule has ranked among the nation’s most difficult all season (No. 5 this week, down from No. 2 last week), with 11 of the 12 opponents bowl eligible...MORE