The spotlight will shine on Boulder on Friday night.

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is hoping that's a good thing.

The Buffs (4-6, 1-5 Pac-12) will host Southern California (6-3, 4-2) on Friday night at Folsom Field on ESPN2.

"We're the only game on in America that night, so it's good exposure for us and of course for USC," MacIntyre said. "I think there's always pressure to have a good performance. I just think it's exciting for our kids to be able to play a night game at home on a Friday night. It's pretty exciting."

Many high school teams around the country have completed their seasons, which could give CU a chance to showcase itself for potential recruits.

"There will be a lot of high school kids all over the country watching it, which will be good for us also," he said.

CU has never defeated the Trojans (0-9 all-time), but could make a good impression by winning the game. Regardless, MacIntyre is hoping that CU's new facilities are showcased on the broadcast, too.

"It can show off our stadium, our program," he said. "I think there will be some stuff on there about our new facility, which will be great for us. Of course, winning the football game helps a lot also."

Added weapon

The Buffs are hoping that sophomore receiver Shay Fields will be healthy and ready to go on Friday.


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Fields injured his left ankle on Oct. 17 against Arizona and missed the next game against Oregon State. He then aggravated the injury against UCLA on Oct. 31 and could not play more than a few snaps last Saturday.

On Tuesday, quarterback Sefo Liufau said, "I'm pretty sure he'll be back. I've seen him out there practicing."

The Buffs could use him. Fields is second on the team with 36 catches and 543 receiving yards and leads the Buffs with four receiving touchdowns.

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, says the Buffs want to send their seniors out with a win in their final game at Folsom Field.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, says the Buffs want to send their seniors out with a win in their final game at Folsom Field. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

"It would really mean a lot," Liufau said. "He can definitely stretch the defense a little bit with his speed. He's just a great all-around receiver, and it gives the defense something to think about and another weapon for me to use on offense."

Sense of urgency

In order to end their eight-year bowl drought, the Buffs have to find a way to win three games in a row to close the season. That'll be a tough task, but senior safety Jered Bell said, "It's our goal. Nobody has lost sight of that. That's one thing we're still fighting for."

While it is still a possibility to get to a bowl game, Liufau said CU's sense of urgency stems from simply having a game on the schedule.

"It's just focus on the next game and this week it's USC," he said. "You focus on this one and just worry about the other ones when they come. USC is a great team and we definitely can't overlook them."

Notable

This will be CU's 31st game on a Friday (11-19) and just the fifth for USC since 1990. Neither team has ever played on Friday the 13th. ... Liufau needs just 107 yards to become CU's all-time leading passer. He's currently third, at 7,303. He needs just 27 rushing or passing yards to become the all-time leader in total offense.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.