There is plenty of reason to be excited about the Colorado football team after the Buffs improved to 3-1 with a win over Georgia on Saturday, but some won't be convinced the Buffs have truly turned the corner until they prove they can beat good teams on the road.

Coach Dan Hawkins' program probably couldn't get a bigger confidence boost than if it was able to go on the road this week and put a stop to a 12-game road-losing streak against a Missouri team that has dominated the Buffs for four consecutive seasons.

"This is a great win and everything against a good SEC team," CU quarterback Tyler Hansen said Saturday night in the moments after beating Georgia. "I'm thinking, if we beat Missouri, they've had our number for years, and if we beat Missouri, that would be the biggest win of our season so far."

Domination might not be a strong enough description of how the Tigers have beaten the Buffs. Missouri has won the past four games by the combined score of 177-40. There might not be a Big 12 Conference team the Buffs will happier to have off the schedule when they move to the Pac-10 next year.

Colorado has been Alf Landon to Missouri's Franklin Roosevelt. The Buffs have been BETA to the Tigers' VHS. They are Friendster to Missouri's Facebook. And it hasn't mattered whether the games have been played in Columbia or Boulder.

The Buffs hope this is the year they put a stop to it. But it almost sounds as if they will need to see it to believe it, too.

"It's like our kryptonite or something," Hansen said. "They have our number. I don't know what it is."

The Buffs readily acknowledge they play with a different aura of confidence at Folsom Field than they do on the road. They don't seem to have an explanation for why or an answer for how to fix the problem. It's not just Missouri that has made them look bad.

Colorado hasn't won a road game since Oct. 27, 2007 at Texas Tech. Hawkins has won 72 games as a Division I head coach, but only two of them have come on the road against BCS conference teams. Both were in that 2007 season at Baylor and Texas Tech.

"I think the big thing for us is we just need to keep our resilience that we have at home," tight end Ryan Deehan said. "I feel really good about it right now. We've got a little momentum and we're doing things right right now. We're not making the mistakes we used to make in the past."

The Buffs never had a better opportunity to do so than in their last road game a month ago at California. At least 7,000 Buffs fans swarmed Berkeley, Calif., for the game and filled more than four sections in one end zone of Memorial Stadium.

CU rewarded those fans with a 52-7 stinker.

"We've got to be road warriors," linebacker Jon Major said. "That's what defines a good team. I think this confidence. This swagger from this victory, it won't matter who we play, where we play, at least that's what we need to do."

Nothing will take the steam out of the positive vibe the Buffs and they're fans are feeling right now than laying another egg in Columbia, Mo., this week.

"We've just got to have the home attitude and mentality that we have playing at Folsom and we've got to somehow find that when we're on the road," Hansen said.

The Buffs hope this is the year they put a stop to it. But it almost sounds as if they will need to see it to believe it, too.

"It`s like our kryptonite or something," Hansen said. "They have our number. I don`t know what it is."

The Buffs readily acknowledge they play with a different aura of confidence at Folsom Field than they do on the road. They don`t seem to have an explanation for why or an answer for how to fix the problem. It`s not just Missouri that has made them look bad.

Colorado hasn`t won a road game since Oct. 27, 2007 at Texas Tech. Hawkins has won 72 games as a Division I head coach, but only two of them have come on the road against BCS conference teams. Both were in that 2007 season at Baylor and Texas Tech.

"I think the big thing for us is we just need to keep our resilience that we have at home," tight end Ryan Deehan said. "I feel really good about it right now. We`ve got a little momentum and we`re doing things right right now. We`re not making the mistakes we used to make in the past."

The Buffs never had a better opportunity to do so than in their last road game a month ago at California. At least 7,000 Buffs fans swarmed Berkeley, Calif., for the game and filled more than four sections in one end zone of Memorial Stadium.

CU rewarded those fans with a 52-7 stinker.

"We`ve got to be road warriors," linebacker Jon Major said. "That`s what defines a good team. I think this confidence. This swagger from this victory, it won`t matter who we play, where we play, at least that`s what we need to do."

Nothing will take the steam out of the positive vibe the Buffs and they`re fans are feeling right now than laying another egg in Columbia, Mo., this week.

"We`ve just got to have the home attitude and mentality that we have playing at Folsom and we`ve got to somehow find that when we`re on the road," Hansen said.