3. Are the Buffs ready for sec­ond crack at big stage?

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

CU has waited nine long years to reach a bowl game. The Buffs didn’t just reach some mid­dle-ofDe­cem­ber matchup of medi­ocre teams. They are in a matchup of teams ranked No. 10 (CU) and No. 12 (OSU) in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings. They are play­ing on na­tional tele­vi­sion, two days be­fore New Year’s Eve, in front of what could be a jam-packed Alam­od­ome crowd. The ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in the Pac-12 ti­tle game, which CU coach Mike MacIn­tyre called a “mini-bowl game,” could pay div­i­dends. The Buffs weren’t quite ready for prime­time four weeks ago. If they meet the chal­lenge this time, they’ll leave a legacy as just the fourth team in CU his­tory to reach 11 wins.

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