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The Buffs will not play the Buffs on Saturday.

"Then that will mean we'll play 14 straight weeks," Colorado head coach Jon Embree said after Wednesday's practice. "Thirteen is enough."

CU, which closed fall camp with a scrimmage last Friday at Folsom Field, will go through a "scout scrimmage" one week before opening the season on Sept. 3 at Hawaii.

"It's really a mock game. We go through the substitutions, special teams situations, where we go for pregame warm-up," Embree said. "We'll just be in helmets."

The Buffs have not been tapering down the physicality of practices this week. Embree was pleased with the defense's tackling on Tuesday and said the offense played well for about 90 percent of Wednesday's session.

"Offense had a heck of a practice (Wednesday), then the last period we didn't finish like we should," Embree said. "But we'll get it. They don't have a choice, so we'll get it."

Different road map?

The Buffs have lost 17 consecutive road games dating back to a 31-26 victory over Texas Tech on Oct. 27, 2007, in Lubbock. Tyler Hansen was still a senior in high school that fall.

"This will be my first away game with them," Embree said when asked about the dubious streak. "So we'll just keep preparing. We're going to keep talking about it and making sure they understand what they have to do to go in there and win."

This is the first time since 1995 that CU will open a season with a true road game. The Buffs beat Wisconsin 43-7 in Madison to kick off the Rick Neuheisel era.


The Buffs have been practicing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this week. Next week the practices will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The game at Hawaii will kick off at 8:15 Mountain time. ... A Kansas City Chiefs scout attended Wednesday's practice. Embree coached the tight ends in Kansas City from 2006-08 under Herm Edwards.