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Utah was picked by the Pac-12 media to win not only the South Division, but the Pac-12 title; the nation’s coaches picked the Utes as the No. 15 team in the nation … So why is there reason for optimism when the Buffs travel to Salt Lake City for the regular season finale? …

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College Football at 150: Ralphie of the game’s most iconic symbols … CBS Sports: Sixteen teams with a shot at the national championship (surprise! Four are from the Pac-12) … College Football News: CU one of the most valuable Pac-12 over/under bets … Final preseason tally: Seven Buffs named to a total of 14 preseason Watch lists (Shenault named to four …

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Early kickoffs affecting attendance? It’s not as if Pac-12 stadiums are filled now anyway (BUT … Mike Leach is not a fan) … Oregonian – “Nobody at Pac-12 headquarters knows anything about football” … CSU quarterback Collin Hill ready for final attempt at a full season …

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Summer conditioning officially comes to an end; Fall Camp opens Thursday … Steven Montez: “It’s kind of weird knowing this is my last year” … Pat Rooney from the Daily Camera also on board with early morning kickoffs …

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Washington returns only two starters on defense, has to replace a four-year starter at quarterback, and its all-time leading rusher … So, you’re telling e there’s a chance? …

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Stanford was 123rd in the nation in rushing in 2018 – What in the name of David Shaw is going on in Palo Alto? … Can star quarterback K.J. Costello fare as well with only three returning starters on offense? … The Cardinal face a brutal September schedule …

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Getting to Know some Olympic Buffs: Kaitlyn Benner (Pac-12 Woman of the Year) … De’Ayra Davis (JC guard added to women’s basketball team) … Golfer Elle Otten (All-American scholar) … Lacrosse star Samantha Nemirov (going pro) … Trivia: CU’s record against the FCS …

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Chip Kelly’s debut season did not go as expected, with the Bruins losing the first five games of a season for the first time since 1943, but hope springs eternal … Kelly: “I think our guys have made a lot of really good strides in the last year” … UCLA finished 2018 98th in scoring offense, and 100th or worse in most defensive categories …

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Barry Helton: “We understand that just because you have ‘SC’ on your chest doesn’t mean you’re going to win” … Despite having similar personnel issues as CU, and identical 5-7 records in 2018, USC is expected to contend for a division title … Why does moving the game to Friday night represent good karma for the Buff Nation? …

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Mike Leach: “We’re an eyelash from being even better. We’ve got to kind of maintain that point of view” … The Cougars will attempt to continue their recent success with another plug-and-play quarterback … CU’s trip to Pullman to represent Washington State’s lone home game over a period of eight weeks …

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Bar Bet winner: CU has a current winning streak against the majority of its 2019 opponents … Point differential in the 21st century shows just how badly the Buffs have been beaten over the past two decades … How many of CU’s coaches (in the past 60 years) have begun their careers with winning records? …

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Kahlil Tate: “I feel real comfortable” in Year Two of the Noel Mazzone offense … Tate has put up Heisman-like numbers v. CU, but the Buffs had their chances to win both games (45-42 and 42-34) …

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Herm Edwards: “We’re going in the right direction, which is a good thing” … ASU will be breaking in a new quarterback, and has some defensive line issues, but will represent a true test for how far the Buffs have come in the first season under Mel Tucker …

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“This is the best AIr Force team in years” … When CU and Air Force last met on the gridiron, the nation was two months removed from Richard Nixon’s resignation … The Falcons were third in the nation in rushing in 2018, and the quarterback and four offensive line starters return … will that be enough to keep up with the Buffs’ bigger, stronger, and faster lineup? …

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Scott Frost: “We were a good enough team at the end of last year to play with or beat about anybody we played” … Nebraska is ranked in the Top 25 in most preseason magazines, but loses its top running back, top wide receiver, three-fifths of its offensive line, and four of its top five tacklers …

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Mike Bobo on 3-9 season: “I wanted to go back to ground zero, like it was your first year at the program” … CU has a four-game winning streak over CSU, and will face a Ram team which finished the 2018 campaign on a five-game losing streak … CSU finished 107th in scoring offense and 117th in scoring defense, but will pose a real challenge to Mel Tucker’s Buffs in the last-ever RMS in Denver …

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The Buffs4Life Foundation has raised over $800,000 over the past 14 years, with Buffs helping Buffs … While the fund-raising golf tournament may be over (hey, we were four-under!), the need remains … Also, don’t overlook CU’s record-setting fund-raising year …

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Mel Tucker exudes confidence: “I have the experience and I’ve seen it done”, but the rest of the college football world sees CU as the last place team in the Pac-12 South … So, who’s right? … Laviska Shenault a victim of fake news …

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The CU athletic department is a leader in player safety research, but Regent Linda Shoemaker is not impressed: “I don’t think the game can be played safely” … Punter Barry Helton gets much deserved recognition … while new head coach Mel Tucker will have to wait to receive his …

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A huge week of announcements this week for the CU men’s basketball program … What are the implications of contracting to meet the CSU Rams four more times in future years? … The rich get richer at USC … Scott Frost at Nebraska turns a blind eye …

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CU announced the kickoff times for five of its games this week, with all five being televised nationally – That has to be a good sign, doesn’t it? … CU makes two of Lindy’s “Top Five Lists” … Trivia: Against which team does CU possess its longest current winning streak? …

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Jake Wray had offers from eight of the top ten teams in the nation (2018 AP final poll), but chose to commit to Colorado … Wray is saying all the right things, and appears to be a solid commit, but will he lead other top stars to Boulder? … Athlon (surprisingly) not high on Mel Tucker hire …

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Over 720 players have entered the Transfer Portal since its inception last October … Reactions of coaches and administrators … How many players Pac-12 teams have gained (and lost) … How CU has fared in Year One of the Transfer Portal …

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How does Brendon Lewis stack up against the ratings of CU’s other QB recruits from the past decade? … Why the name John Carson should remembered by every Buff fan … How does CU’s future non-conference schedule stack up against other Pac-12 schools? …

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Do have an “in” with the new CU President? Introduce him to the “Swinney Effect” … Be careful what you wish for – Will Clay Helton be the coach of USC by the time the Trojans get to Boulder? … Trivia: When was the last time CU men’s basketball was ranked in the preseason poll? …

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Early 2020 NFL mock Draft – Laviska Shenault No. 6 overall pick … Jon Wilner: Pac-12 winners and losers from NFL Draft (Washington has more picks than L.A. schools combined) … Five Buffs sign as free agents … WR Juwann Winfree goes to the Denver Broncos in the sixth round …

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