This Just In: Saturday's CU-OU Game Still On

They're big, fast, athletic, well coached and play with great effort at every position in every facet of the game. Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins says the 2007 Oklahoma Sooners have no weaknesses that he can see from looking at tape of their first four games this season. Colorado officials have decided, however, to go ahead with the scheduled contest despite the outcome being all but certain.

By the way, the 4-0 Sooners are ticked off from losing in last year's Fiesta Bowl to Boise State and are taking out their anger on everyone this fall, averaging 61 points a game so far.

On offense, their freshman quarterback, Sam Bradford, has been unflappable. He's thrown 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

Then, Tailback Allen Patrick is averaging 9 yards each time Bradford hands him the ball.

On defense, the Sooners are every bit as athletic (you know, big and fast and agile) as Florida State was, but they're significantly better because they mix things up much more than the Seminoles.

Oklahoma made Miami look bad (you know, small and slow and clumsy) when they whooped the Hurricanes 51-13.

And while we're at it, the kicking game at Oklahoma is "very good," which is "very much better" than Colorado's was when the Buffs lost to Florida State a couple weeks back.

Apparently, the women in Norman are more beautiful, the children smarter and the water sweeter than anywhere else in the universe this fall, too.

There's been talk in Boulder of calling Saturday "Swoon For The Sooners Day."

Everyone wear Crimson and Cream. Be prepared to sing "Boomer Sooner."

The Buff Barber Shop on the Hill is offering Boz buzz cuts for $5.

Pretend you're old friends with Barry Switzer and swap stories about the time y'all went fishin' and he left his shoes in yer pickup so you drove a hunderd miles outa yer way to…STOP ALREADY!

So is there actually going to be a game between the Buffs and Oklahoma this weekend? And if that's the case, doesn't that mean we don't yet know the outcome? And if that's the case, can't Colorado actually beat Oklahoma?

"Totally," Hawkins said Tuesday. "Anybody is beatable and anyone can beat you. I've just been doing this for too long, I mean Montana State can beat you and you can beat ‘SC."

(Yeah, but no one's beat the Trojans this year. They might even be better than OU. How are you going to beat Oklahoma?)

"You have to play efficient and you have to do things right," Hawkins said, as if he had already given the concept some thought. "You can't leave stones unturned; you have a field goal attempt you have to make it. You can't turn the ball over and we're having those issues. You have to play clean."

(See...Go ahead and schedule your Boz buzzcut.)

"But can Appy (Appalachian) State beat Michigan? Yeah."

(Hey, I saw that game, too. Someone didn't make their field goals…)

"You can win and you can lose on any given Saturday."

(Hey, I saw that movie, too. Robert DeNiro gained 80 pounds to play a college football coach, Snoop Dog was a wide receiver with an attitude and Charlize Theron was, like the President of the University or something? Or am I just making this up?

Anyway, the game's still on. CU hosts Oklahoma at 11:30 on Saturday. Them's the rules. Something about both teams have scholarship players and it's college football, anything can happen...)

(back to reality) Notes
• Junior linebacker R.J. Brown will miss his second consecutive game, still suffering effects of a concussion. Hawkins said everyone else nursing injuries should be available to play Saturday vs. OU.

Hawkins said freshman Nate Vaoimounga, who saw his first action on special teams last week, could play at linebacker this week if the need arises. He praised Vaio's motor and his tough, physical play he's shown in practice.

With Brown sidelined and Michael Sipili not on the team this fall, the Buffs are thin on the inside. But Hawkins said moving Joe Sanders or Maurice Cantrell (both offensive players who used to play linebacker) to linebacker is "very doubtful" at this time.

Instead, the depth issues at LB may cause the Buffs to use more nickel or dime personnel than they normally would.

• After riding the running game for two straight weeks prior to last Saturday's game, Hawkins said he liked what he saw out of his tailbacks from tape of the win over Miami-Ohio. (CU rushed for 359 yards in the game). Hugh Charles, Demetrius Sumler and Brian Lockridge shared most of the carries in that game. Hawkins said he expects to use a similar rotation.

Bernard Jackson has been upgraded from "out" to "I doubt it" when Hawkins was asked if he might play vs. the Sooners.

Jordon Dizon leads the Big 12 and the nation with 13.5 tackles per game. Terrence Wheatley leads the Big 12 in passes defended per game (1.75). Hawkins said he's been surprised a few times that teams have gone Wheatley's way.

• After downplaying the fact that true freshmen Kai Maiava and Ryan Miller played (and played well) in reserve duty on the offensive line vs. Miami, Hawkins was back to saying they'd probably continue to rotate in during future games.

Maiava tallied 11 knockdown blocks on his 40 snaps last Saturday.

"I just go out there and try to put people on their backs," Maiava said Tuesday.

Does he expect to play more?

"Hopefully," he said. "I'm going to keep practicing hard and hopefully get some reps in the game. We'll see."

• The Buffs currently are planning on bringing in eight recruits on official visits this weekend, and that number could grow.

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