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Previewing Colorado State's 2010 Opponents: Colorado

Just like the CSU Rams the Colorado Buffaloes had a disappointing 3-9 season.  The Rocky Mountain Showdown will go off on September 4th at Mile High Stadium.

Colorado had two wins in Big 12 play against Texas A&M and Kansas.  The Buffs also took down Wyoming, all three wins were at home in Folsum Field. 

The win against Kansas was a good victory and it looked like the Buffs might turn their season around.  However playing in the Big 12 and having to face off against talented schools CU couldn't get on any kind of run splitting all their wins by two losses.

The biggest let down for CU would have been the home loss to CSU 23-17 in last years Rocky Mountain Showdown.  It is never easy to see a rival storm your home field.

As for the upcoming season there isn't to much to look forward to for the Buffs but they should be better then the 3-9 mark of last year.

At quarterback the Buffs have two options in Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen.  After Hawkins struggled last year Hansen got some playing time as a sophomore and performed well.  As of now Hansen is listed atop the depth chart which is good news for the Buffs.

The offensive line from last year is returning for the most part and will look to build on the experienced gained last year.  Leading rusher Rodney Stewart will be returning as a junior.    Those are the positives for the offense, of course there is a downside though.

Darrell Scott a former 5 star recruit and #1 RB of the 2008 class acording to has left the Buffs in hopes to play for the UCLA Bruins.  Even though he hasn't been spectacular in his CU career it still has to hurt to lose a player like that.  The Buffs ended the spring with just two healthy tailbacks.  WR Scotty McKnight had his spring ended with an ankle injury.  They also lost TE Riar Geer to the Denver Broncos.

The defense has seven returning upperclassmen on top of the depth chart as of now.  It will be the strength of the team as the offense still needs to develop.  The cornerbacks especially should give opponents a tough time.

It is tough to tell how the Buffs will perform this year but playing in the Big 12 and playing two tough non-conference games against Georgia and at California it is hard to see a bowl game in CU fortunes.