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UPDATE: The game originally scheduled for Sept. 14 has been postponed by university officials. No make-up date has yet been announced. Read the full University of Colorado Athletic Department release here.

Game day: Postponed

Stadium: Folsom Field – Boulder, Colo.

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Story lines: Ralphie followers will be able to start making a decent comparison between Jon Embree’s Buffs and Mike MacIntyre’s Buffs once 60 minutes have run off the clock at Folsom Field in this one. The Buffaloes more or less play the same non-conference schedule that they did in 2012 – open with Colorado State in Denver, host an FCS school, square off against Fresno State – so some barometer of progress will be available once the Buffs get ready to face conference foes.

None of those pre-Pac tilts went the way of Colorado’s liking in 2012, but especially so in the case of the Fresno State game, one in which the Buffs trailed 35-0… after the first quarter. In a game where seemingly nothing went right for the Buffs, Fresno State raced out to a 55-7 halftime lead before cooling off the jets and pasting Colorado to the final tune of 69-14.

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First, the bad news for Colorado: Many of Fresno State’s key cogs to that 55-point blowout of the Buffs are back in a Bulldog uniform for 2013. This includes Derek Carr (younger brother of David Carr), the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year who threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the first half against the Buffs. The QB is considered a top-50 prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft is back up and practicing with the 'Dogs after his wife gave birth to a boy at the start of fall camp. This also includes wide receiver Davante Adams, the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year who caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns (and four for 74 yards and a TD against Colorado). And don’t forget about free safety Derron Smith, the first-team all-Mountain West selection who picked off a pass against the Buffs and is on the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, not to mention being named the preseason Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (and Carr has the preseason MWC Offensive POTY honors). These ‘Dogs ended up with a share of the MWC title under first-year head coach Tim DeRuyter and finished the season 9-4 after a disappointing showing in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

Now, the good news: First, the game is in Boulder this year. Weather is no excuse for an eight-touchdown whoopin’, but kickoff temperature was 102 degrees in Fresno last year, and there’s no way it’ll be that in Boulder. Second, Paul Richardson will be healthy (barring early-season injury), and the receiver’s playmaking abilities should be able to keep the Colorado offense on the field longer (or shorter, if he houses a grab or two like he did in the spring game). As such, the Buffs are counting on Richardson in 2013. Third, Christian Powell will be a year wiser in the backfield. Built like a fullback, Powell had an impressive freshman campaign in 2012, posting two 100-yard games on the ground after the Fresno State game while finishing with 691 yards rushing in 10 contests played. Fourth, it’s almost impossible for this year’s game to go worse than last year’s for the Buffaloes.

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The Buffs will take their lumps in 2013 – even MacIntyre’s San Jose State Spartans went 1-12 in his first year on the job in the 408 – but a winning non-conference slate could help create some positive mojo for Colorado heading into conference play.

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