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Buffs Start Prepping for 'Big Red'

Nov 15, 2005

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BOULDER- The University of Colorado football team got back to work Tuesday, getting a head start during the bye week in preparation for the day-after-Thanksgiving match up between the rival Nebraska Cornhuskers.


"I think everyone was anxious to get back out here and practice," head coach Gary Barnett said. "It was good for them to get the bad taste out of their mouths."


Tuesday brought frigid temperatures which caused those on the sidelines to seek warmth from a single heater that graced the sidelines. Practice squad members donned the red jerseys and white pants to go along with Nebraska helmets?a tradition CU follows in the annual two-week preparation for the Huskers.


The Buffs will try to rebound from a 32-16 road defeat to the Iowa State Cyclones. The loss marked just the fourth in CU's last 21 games against Big 12 North division opponents. The Buffs still control their own destiny, and they can clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship with a win over Nebraska.


            "We worked hard enough and played well enough to put ourselves in position to win this title outright still," quarterback Joel Klatt said.


The fact that all of the Buffs' goals are still in front of them adds extra motivation for a game in which incentives don't traditionally run dry. Nebraska got the best of CU early in the series, which CU trails 17-44-2. Lately, however, Colorado has experienced resurgence in the series, winning three of the last four meetings between the schools, including a 26-20 victory in Lincoln last season.