It's game week.
You can tell how the players are talking, you can actually see it in their eyes.
Colorado Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre held his first game week press conference at Noon today where he answered the media's questions about this week's upcoming Rocky Mountain Showdown.
You could see it in MacIntyre's eyes also.
"We are excited about the game this Sunday," MacIntyre said. "It's game week, it's an exciting time. Our kids are excited about playing, we are pumped up about the game, it should be one heck of a game."
MacIntyre and his coaching staff are very familiar with the Buff's arch rival Colorado State, San Jose State played the Rams early last fall and they have a lot of respect for what Jim McElwain and his staff are doing at CSU.
"We played CSU early in the year last fall," MacIntyre remembers. "I have watched every game of theirs, a lot of them. They really improved as the year went on, I thought that they played really, really well. Very impressed, he is a heck of a coach and has assembled a great coaching staff."
MacIntyre was asked about his thoughts of the rivalry, even though this is his first season to be involved in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
"Opening games are always exciting, I don't care who you are playing," MacIntyre said. "Then adding the rivalry game on top of that, playing at a neutral stadium where half the stadium is one color and the other half is the other color makes it really unique. I also think this battle is a 365 day game a year, that you will hear about and think about all year long."
RUNNING WITH RALPHIE
MacIntyre was asked about how nervous he would be to run out on the field behind Ralphie for the first time.
"I won't be as nervous running out behind him as much as I would if I was running out in front of him. It will be great, I'm really looking forward to the traditions here at Colorado."
FIRST GAME JITTERS
MacIntyre was asked about his first game jitters as the new head coach at the University of Colorado.
"I get a little anxious every year at the beginning of the season," MacIntyre said. "In college football every season is a new year. With 18-19 year old guys, it's fun to see them take what you have been teaching them and seeing them react and play. I have a great time doing that."