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June Pac-12 Power Rankings … CBS Sports ranks the Pac-12 coaches (no surprises here) … Street and Smith’s – Two Pac-12 South teams in the preseason Top 25 … Opposing coaches not impressed with CU: Hiring Dorrell “a massive setback for the program” … Odds of CU winning the Pac-12? Longest in the conference …

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Joint statement from Pac-12 athletic directors and conference … Herm Edwards: “America needs to huddle” … Oregon State: Severe budget cuts coming unless there is at least 50% capacity seating … Notre Dame/Navy moved from Ireland to Annapolis (for the first time in series) …

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Postponed Bolder Boulder now cancelled … CU Announces “Buffs with a Brand” to coordinate NIL programming … Rick George: “You’re making decisions not knowing what the future looks like” … CU hosting a Miracle at Michigan Virtual Happy Hour this Thursday …

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1989: The Buffs journey Husky Stadium in Seattle to face No. 21 Washington … The game, a 45-28 CU victory, came just a week after the death of Sal Aunese, and was an emotional trip for the Buffs and their fans …

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Recap of the 1989 CU/Washington game … with video highlights … the trailer for “Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story” … the “Uecker seats” commercial … and … the photo of Brad with his CU jacket …

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2004 – Colorado 27, Colorado State 24 … Before a Folsom Field record crowd of 54,954, the Buff defense stopped the Rams inside the five yard line in the final minute to preserve the win … Essay for the Game: “Win One for the Stripper” … Player No. 17: Defensive back Victor Scott (1980-83) …

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Dave Plati’s Top Three Game Seven’s includes the epic 20-10 win over No. 3 Nebraska in 1986 … My contributions include the 40-16 “Statement” win over No. 24 ASU in 2016; the 19-17 win in 1998 over undefeated No. 22 Texas Tech; and the 35-21 win over No. 19 Kansas State in 1994 …

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CU defended its Big 12 North title with flair … Jeremy Bloom’s 94-yard TD v. K-State (with Donald Strickland’s big hit on fourth-and-goal) … Chris Brown’s 309-yard effort v. Kansas … Oh, and beating Nebraska in Lincoln (with a slew of Cornhusker records falling) …

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2019: Buffs rally from a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat the hated Huskers in overtime, 34-31 (with video) … Essay: “Trust the Process” – “I had forgotten how much I hate Nebraska” … Player No. 18: QB Joel Klatt (2002-05) – set 44 school records, including nine career fourth quarter comebacks …

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Dave Plati’s Top Three includes a last minute win in 1981, a rout of Missouri in 1991 and the “This One’s for Fred” game in 2001 … To which I have added a 27-10 road win over No. 9 Oklahoma in 1993; Chris Brown’s 309-yard game in 2002; and CU’s 50-47 overtime win over Kansas in 2003 …

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2008 – Aric Goodman connected on a 25-yard field goal in overtime, lifting CU to a 17-14 win over No. 21 West Virginia … Cody Hawkins threw for two TD’s in first five minutes before turning the game over to the Buff defense … Player No. 19 – CU’s two-time All-American kicker Mason Crosby (2003-06) …

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Links to articles and stories mentioned in the CU at the Game Podcast, including links to the most recent stories about the future of the 2020 season, the status of the Name, Image, and Likeness legislation, and the precarious position of CU’s Recruiting Class of 2021 …

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What is the latest best guess as to how/when the 2020 season will be played? … Is there reason for concern about the CU Recruiting Class of 2021 (when commits are being made at a record pace nationally?) … Will the NCAA get its NIL recommendations passed by Congress? …

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Dave Plati’s Top Three Game Five Games includes a big win over Nebraska … To which I would add: John Hessler’s five-touchdown debut in 1995, an overtime win over Missouri in 1999 … and Laviska’s four-touchdown effort against Arizona State in 2018 …

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2004 – The Buffs scored on a interception and a blocked kick, but needed a goal-line stand in the final minute to defeat Washington State, 20-12, in a game played in Seattle … Player No. 21: Thorpe-Award winning defensive back Chris Hudson (1991-94) …

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Dave Plati’s Top Three Game Four’s includes Bieniemy rallying the troops in Austin in 1990 and the Buffs taking out Washington after Sal Aunese’s death … To which I am adding a take down of No. 3 Texas A&M (and a game for the ages in 1980) …

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After a winter of discontent (sex scandal blowing up), the Buffs won its first two games on goal line stands (the “Marcus Houston Bowl”), sent Nebraska reeling with its first losing season since 1961, and capped the season with CU’s last (most recent) bowl victory …

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2005: Joel Klatt passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 41-20 rout of Texas A&M … Essay for the Game: “Too Cool” – spending the A&M game in the CU press box, down on the field, and at the post-game press conference … Player No. 22: Record-setting quarterback Koy Detmer (1992-96) …

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Dave Plati has posted his top three game threes of all-time, including the 1994 Michigan game … Just for fun, I’ve added three more top three games from the past 40 years, including impressive debuts by Sal Aunese and Koy Detmer …

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2007 – Buffs take on No. 3 Oklahoma, and rally from a 17-point deficit to take down the Sooners, 27-24 … Kevin Eberhart hits a 45-yarder as time expires for the win … Essay: “They think they can win” … Player No. 23 – Wide receiver Nelson Spruce (2012-15) …

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Episode 5 introduces a new series: “Road Trips!” … Up first: CU’s September 19th opponent, Texas A&M … If you are a fan of college football, a trip to A&M for Yell Practice is mandatory … Also: The Dixie Chicken and the history behind the 12th man and Reveille …

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Contracts for CU’s undrafted free agents (Montez gets some guaranteed money) … Three drafted Buffs slated to receive over $4 million in signing bonuses … CU up to 275 all-time draft picks; holds onto No. 23 on all-time list … Grading CU’s draft picks (Viska, Taylor get “A’s” – Hambright not so much) …

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1989: CU takes a No. 3 ranking to Oklahoma, and not only took its first lead over the Sooners in 13 years, but took down Oklahoma, 20-3 … A Hagan-to-Flannigan pitch foreshadowed a more famous pitch a week later … No. 24 Player: Outside Linebacker Kanavis McGhee (1987-90) …

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2003 – Joel Klatt makes his debut with 402 yards passing and four TD’s in CU’s 42-35 win over No. 23 CSU … Rams claw back from two 14-point deficits, but Buffs prevail after lightning delay with a Bobby Purify run with 40 seconds remaining … Player No. 25: Three-time All Big Eight DB Mickey Pruitt (1984-87) …

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The title for my 1996 CU season history is “Oooh, so close” … The Buffs finished the season with a 10-2 record, only two close losses keeping CU from a shot at a national title … Karl Dorrell as offensive coordinator as CU posts third straight ten-win season …

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2016 – Sefo Liufau passes for over 300 yards, and rushes for over 100 more, in leading No. 12 CU to a 38-24 win over No. 20 Washington State … Nick Fisher fourth down stop preserves CU’s first win over a ranked team in seven years … No. 26 Player: Jeremy Bloom (with video highlights of Bloom’s career) …

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When, and under what circumstances, will football be played in 2020? … What to make of the three new tight ends – and of the three defections from the Recruiting Classes? … What are the first “way-to-early” projections for CU’s record in the upcoming season? …

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1990 … CU traveled to Austin with a 1-1-1 record, and trailed the No. 22 Longhorns, 22-14, in the fourth quarter … Enter Eric Bieniemy and a speech which lifted the Buffs to a come-from-behind win and a run to a national title … Player No. 27: WR/KR Ben Kelly (1997-99) …

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In the final season of the Big Eight, CU’s surprising choice for head coach, Rick Neuheisel, rode a backup quarterback (John Hessler) all the way to a ten-win season and a No. 5 final ranking …

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In 2004, the Buffs won the Big 12 North and earned a trip to the EV1.Net Houston Bowl to play University of Texas, El-Paso (UTEP) … The hard-fought 33-28 win represents CU’s last (most recent) win in a bowl game … Player No. 28: Linebacker Chad Brown (1989-92) …

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Welcome to Episode 3 of the Podcast … Sean Tufts is the President of Buffs4Life, and we talk about the good works the organization is involved in, with plenty of time to talk about Sean’s days as a CU linebacker (62-36!), his time in the NFL, and his days as a Ralphie Handler …

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Email: Buffs4Life golf tournament a go in June (at least for now) … Video highlights from Sean Tufts’ career, including the 2001 Nebraska game (62-36! – was Sean’s first tackle a facemask penalty?), the Big 12 title game v. Texas, and the 2002 win over Kansas State …

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September 8, 2018 – A 40-yard touchdown pass from Steven Montez to Laviska Shenault gives CU a 33-28 win over Nebraska … Essay for the game: “We have to beat them. It’s the only thing they understand” … Player No. 29: Running back Hugh Charles (2004-07) …

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From Worst-to-First … The 2016 Buffs shocked the Pac-12 conference in rising from the ashes to claim the Pac-12 South title … Video highlights from every game, along with all six episodes of “The Rise” (worth your time just to watch those videos again!) …

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1990 – The Fifth Down game … One of the most infamous games in CU history, the Buffs score on the final play of the game against Missouri … Video of the game’s final drive (count the number of slips by CU players on the Faurot Field turf) … Player(s) No. 30: CU’s long list of great offensive linemen …

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The interview includes discussions on Rick George’s appointment to the NCAA working group on Name, Image and Likeness and the College Football Selection committee … Also discussed: How will CU be able to keep its coaches from being poached by schools with greater resources? …

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Nebraska being Nebraska – The Corn Nation already looking to get a recruiting advantage on Name, Image, and Likeness issue … “Dear Mr. George”: How an open letter in 2013 led to my meeting Rick George …

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2007- In a game between two teams vying for bowl-eligibility, Buffs rally from a 35-24 halftime deficit to take down Nebraska, 65-51, before 51,403 frigid fans at Folsom (with game video) … Player No. 31: Quarterback Sal Aunese (1987-88) – with multiple videos …

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From the death of Sal Aunese … to CU’s run through non-conference ranked foes Illinois and Washington … to historic wins over Oklahoma and Nebraska (the pitch!) … The 100th year of Colorado football had everything but the storybook ending …

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2009 – CU rallies from a 21-10 halftime deficit to defeat Texas A&M, 35-34 … The game also remembered for being a “Blue Out” as Buff fans tire of Dan Hawkins … Player No. 32: Offensive tackle Nate Solder (2006-10), CU’s first-ever consensus All-American at the offensive tackle position …

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Sept. 2, 1995 … CU had lost a great deal of talent (and its head coach) from the 1994 team, and opened on the road against No. 21 Wisconsin … The result? No. 14 Colorado 43, No. 21 Wisconsin 7 in Rick Neuheisel’s first game as head coach … Player No. 33: Linebacker Ted Johnson (1991-94) …

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A companion piece to Episode 1 of the CU at the Game Podcast … A look back at all of the CU head coaching changes, from Bill McCartney taking over in June, 1982, to Mel Tucker’s introduction to the Buff Nation just over a year ago … Some new coaches worked out – some didn’t …

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Welcome to the premiere of the CU at the Game Podcast! … In the first of what will hopefully be a long-running series of podcasts, Brad Geiger and I discuss the departure of Mel Tucker, the hiring of Karl Dorrell, and the status of CU football …

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2010 … The Buff defense gets a fumble recovery with 1:59 remaining, preserving a 29-27 victory over Georgia … Both teams squander double-digit leads in an exciting game … No. 34 Player: WR/KR Jeff Campbell (1986-89) …

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CU responded from a 3-8 record in 2000, an opening game loss to Fresno State, and a regular season thumping by Texas to post a stunning run to the Big 12 championship … 62-36 over No. 2 Nebraska and 39-37 over No. 3 Texas will live forever in CU lore …

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In 1999, CU quarterback Mike Moschetti returned from injury to lead CU to a 38-24 win over No. 24 Oklahoma … The win gave CU an 8-0-1 over the Sooners, the best nine-game run of any Sooner opponent in history … No. 35 Player: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (2014-16) …

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The 1994 season (almost) had it all … The “Miracle at Michigan” … Salaam’s 317-yard romp at Texas … Buffs dominate the Sooners … Salaam’s run to the Heisman … McCartney’s surprise announcement … Neuheisel hired … Buffs thump Irish in the Fiesta Bowl …

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The 38-6 domination of Oregon in the 1996 Cotton Bowl was a sweet end to the first season under Rick Neuheisel, but the game had an unintended consequence – the creation of NikeU … Player No. 36: Running back Bobby Purify (2000-04), the third-leading rusher in CU history …

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1998 Aloha Bowl: CU receives the gift of six turnovers on Christmas Day from No. 21 Oregon in a 51-43 shootout … Buffs finish 8-4, but receive a shock a few weeks later when Rick Neuheisel bolts for Washington … CU picks Gary Barnett after Gary Kubiak passes … No. 37 Player: Linebacker Greg Biekert (1989-92) …

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1995 … No. 4 CU traveled to Norman to face No. 10 Oklahoma without injured star QB Koy Detmer … Enter John Hessler, who threw for five touchdowns in a 38-17 rout … Essay – “Yo, Howard (Schnellenberger): Sit down and shut up” … No. 38 Player: QB Cody Hawkins …

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Game No. 39 is the 2004 Nebraska game … A 26-20 CU win in Lincoln, the game featured Bobby Purify, but also was memorable for all of the Nebraska team records which fell by the wayside … Player No. 39: All-American punter Barry Helton (1984-87) …

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Welcome to the Top 40 countdown of my favorite games and favorite players … Up First: No. 40 favorite game – October 13, 2001: No. 20 Colorado 31, No. 25 Texas A&M 21 (the Fred Casotti game) … No. 40 favorite player: WR Scotty McKnight …

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