Buffs Camp Report: August 30

By Kyle Ringo
Buffalo Sports News

Colorado State week is always an interesting one for the Colorado Buffaloes, particularly for the head coach who is always expected to beat little brother up north.

Throw in the fact that CU head coach Dan Hawkins begins his second consecutive season on the hot seat and the big game is even bigger.

If he comes through on those expectations, the Buffs’ coach generally doesn’t receive enough credit because it is a game he is supposed to win in the eyes of fans, boosters and media. The Buffs lead the series 59-20-2 after all. And if he loses, well, it is generally taken in Boulder as one of the first signs of Armageddon.

“I never think of it like that. I just don’t,” Hawkins said today on the Big 12 Conference coaches teleconference. “I’ve been on both sides of the fence. So it’s a big game and it’s a great rivalry and that’s the way we look at it.”

Hawkins is 2-2 against the Rams over the past four seasons. Considering the Buffs must go on the road in Week 2 at Cal — they haven’t won a road game since October of 2007 — before coming home to face Hawaii and Georgia, beating the Rams this week is that much more important to get off to a good start.

Hawkins said part of the allure for recruits of attending Colorado and becoming a Buffalo over the years has been the tradition of playing tough nonconference schedules. The Buffs easily outdistance the rest of the Big 12 Conference in playing fellow BCS teams in nonconference games in the history of the league. CU has two on its nonconference slate once again this year.