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