Colorado-Texas: Will Lightning Strike Twice for the Buffs?

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IOctober 1, 2008

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Homecoming. Big 12 Conference opener against an undefeated, top five team scoring over 50 points per game. Sound familiar? If it doesn’t, please seek medical attention for your recent concussion.

So, what’s the prognosis? As much as their stock has dropped this week, the Colorado football program may as well be a mortgage lending conglomerate.

Still, with the upset over the Sooners in the bank, and the upset of West Virginia fresh on the CU players’ minds, there is no reason not to be part of the sellout crowd on Saturday. There will be no lack of emotion at kickoff.

As always, we lead off with "T.I.P.S." for the Texas game:

T - Talent. You’re kidding, right? If there weren’t scholarship limits, Texas would have a scout team touting more recruiting stars than the Buffs’ starters. Mack Brown is a recruiting machine (at least he was until last February!)

I - Intangibles. You know about last season’s Big 12 opener. So do the Longhorns. An advantage for either team?

P - Preparation. What does Texas have in common with five other opponents the Buffs will face this conference campaign?

S - Stats. The Longhorns are very, very good at almost everything. Almost everything. In one important stat, Texas is ranked in the 100's, just like last season.

Of course, there is so much more:

Texas Trivia. Do you know the full story behind the naming of "Bevo"? What is there in the background of the Longhorns’ most famous coach that UT fans don’t like to acknowledge? Check out this week’s trivia section.

This Day in History. Jim Plunkett for Stanford; Eli Manning for Mississippi; Kentucky beats Alabama for the first time in 75 years. Plus, a CU game outside the normal reach of (1980-present): the 1969 Colorado/Indiana game. Do you remember the significance of that game?

Archive Game of the Week. Now that we’re into conference play, we have some great games to work with. What better way to kick off the Big 12 season than with the 1989 Colorado-Texas game. Darian Hagan highlights, anyone?

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