Buffs prepare for PAC 12 opener Saturday

It will be three weeks from the day Colorado played Central Arkansas until they line up to play Oregon State this Saturday in Corvallis. Buffs new Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre was asked about the three week lay-off and his experience dealing with them. Go "Inside" today's practice report, as the Buffs focus on going on the road to battle the Beavers this Saturday.

It will be three weeks from the day Colorado played Central Arkansas until they line up to play Oregon State this Saturday in Corvallis.

Buffs new Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre was asked about the three week lay-off and his experience dealing with them.

"The only thing that is really like is the time off you have between the end of your regular season and a bowl game," MacIntyre said. "During that time we get the chance to do a lot more recruiting and other things. Having one of these during the regular season isn't idea."

MacIntyre feels his team is ready to get back out on the field and even some of his family members.

"Having one week off is good, but not three. I would rather be playing games. I think my wife is ready to have me back out of the house," MacIntyre said. "I'm glad it's game week, the players are very anxious to get back out there and are ready to play."

MacIntyre used this past week's time off to the Buffs fullest advantage. Five coaches were sent out Wednesday night and were in schools on Thursday, three left Thursday afternoon and were in schools on Friday and he and another coach hit other high schools on Friday and Saturday.

"It's important for us to get out there as much as possible," MacIntyre said in an earlier interview. "When you are building new relationship with a lot of coaches and schools, the more they see you out there, the better."

The Buffs returned to a spirited practice Monday morning after having this past Saturday and Sunday off.

"The hope is that our legs will be fresh," MacIntyre said. "I was pleased with our practice this morning. We got after each other a little today, the kids are excited about opening PAC 12 play this week. We have a great opportunity in front of us."

MacIntyre's Buffs are currently 2-0 on the young season, a road win in their conference opener against the Beavers would be the first time Colorado went undefeated in September in sometime.

On paper this game with Oregon State appears to have the potential to be an offensive shootout. Both teams have shown the capability of putting a lot of points on the scoreboard. This is something that MacIntyre is well aware of.

"They have scored a ton of points so far, so we definitely need to score our share," MacIntyre said. Hopefully it's not a 55-50 game, lets hope we can slow them down from a defensive standpoint."

This Colorado team is in need of gaining confidence, especially early on this season especially after what they went through last fall.

MacIntyre feels that the extra time of fans and their family telling them how much better they are may not be a bad thing.

"Most coaches wouldn't want that," MacIntyre said. "We are in the process of rebuilding this team's confidence and their beliefs in themselves, so in that case it may not be a bad thing."

The Buffs practiced five straight days last week before taking Saturday and Sunday off and returning to the practice field this morning.

"It's been our goal to practice at a high tempo," MacIntyre said. "Hopefully that will help us avoid a physical letdown on having so much time off."

One Injury Note: MacIntyre told media last week that true freshman Timothy Coleman may have to have surgery on his Achilles. That is the case and Coleman will miss the rest of the season.

It's being reported by local newspapers in Hawaii, that the Rainbows have turned down the Buffs offer for a game on October 19th, according to MacIntyre, he had no updates on the situation.


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