Reeling Bulldogs bound for Boulder

A game many Colorado football fans feared would be a loss when the season began, now looks very winnable when Georgia visits Folsom Field next Saturday.

The Bulldogs dropped their third consecutive loss Saturday at Mississippi State to fall to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in Southeastern Conference play. It's the first time since 1990 the Bulldogs have lost three straight and that fact has some Georgia supporters questioning coach Mark Richt.

Georgia will be only the second team in history from the SEC to visit Folsom Field. The Saturday evening game between teams led by coaches under fire from supporters is scheduled for national television on Fox Sports Net.

This one might be dubbed the Hot Seat Bowl.

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins could do himself a big favor with CU fans by finding a way to beat a program he has faced twice before. Hawkins has been under fire with Colorado fans since early last season when things went wrong and never turned around.

Hawkins took Boise State to Georgia in 2005 and lost in blowout fashion. He took Colorado to Athens, Ga., during his first season as coach of the Buffs in 2006 and his team held the lead into the final minute of the game before allowing the game-winning touchdown pass.

Colorado will be looking for its third victory over the season and would be halfway to bowl eligibility if it can beat Georgia. The Buffs had been to only one bowl game in the past four years and have had four consecutive losing seasons, including going 6-7 in 2007, including a bowl loss.

The Buffs have played their best football under Hawkins at home. Fourteen of their 18 victories under Hawkins have come at home, including victories over ranked teams such as Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kansas. So beating the beleaguered Bulldogs is well within the realm of possibility.

A 3-1 win start is within reach. Any Colorado football fans would have been happy with that back in August. But can the Buffs make it happen?


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