Over the next few days, the Colorado football players will put a cap on their semester academically by studying for and taking final exams.

The coaches will be studying, as well.

"We'll be working on Oklahoma State," Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre said.

On Sunday, the Buffs (10-3; No. 11 Associated Press, No. 10 College Football Playoff rankings) held a practice for the third consecutive day, but they won't return to the field until Friday, so that the players can focus on school.

The break will allow coaches to start getting ready for the Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl against the Cowboys (9-3; No. 13 AP, No. 12 CFP,).

"That's when we'll really dive into preparing and game planning for Oklahoma State," MacIntyre said.

By the time the players resume practice on Friday, the coaches will begin to install the game plan for the Alamo Bowl.

During the past week, the Buffs have had a chance to work on some fundamentals, stay in football shape and help the younger players get more experience.

"(The veterans) have been going good against good and a lot of competition," MacIntyre said. "They've been having fun with it. It's been really good for the younger guys, too."

For the seniors, it's been a long time coming to go through bowl practices, and MacIntyre said it's been rewarding to see them get the opportunity for the first time.

"It's exciting to be out there with those guys and them getting to feel all of this," he said. "When exams get over they'll even enjoy it more. It's going to be fun sending them off the right way."



Even with the bowl game prep this month, recruiting is a major point of emphasis.

Over the weekend, the Buffs hosted 10 prep players on official visits.

On Wednesday, mid-year junior college transfers may sign letters of intent, and the Buffs are expected to sign at least two players.

Defensive back Dante Wigley from Holmes Community College committed to the Buffs on Dec. 1, and defensive end Shamar Hamilton from ASA College in Miami committed in July. Both are expected to sign this week and enroll at CU in January.

It's possible the Buffs will add a third JUCO transfer, as well. Javier Edwards, a 6-foot-3, 350-pound defensive tackle from Blinn College is on CU's radar. He's currently committed to Florida, but also likes the Buffs and Arkansas.

Today kicks off a month-long recruiting dead period, meaning coaches are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with recruits.

While MacIntyre is not permitted to talk about unsigned players, he is pleased with the direction of CU's recruiting for the 2017 class.

"I think it's going well," he said. "We had a good jump start this summer and all the kids that came in this summer and for camps and everything got to see our facilities and that excited them. As the season has progressed and gone well, that's helped a lot. So it's going real well."

Lynott honored

Right guard Tim Lynott was named to the USA Today freshman All-America team Sunday.

Lynott was the only CU lineman to start all 13 games this season. He led the team in blocks that led to touchdowns and was one of the most consistent players on offense all season.

Oklahoma State running Justice Hill also made the USA Today freshman All-America team.


MacIntyre said he'll do a lot of one-on-one interviews with his players before and after the Alamo Bowl. "Mainly what I go through with them is academics, social life, social things and how they're doing there," he said. "It's not just me talking. It's really me listening to them a lot. It's a good communication time." ... As of Sunday, CU is a three-point favorite in the Alamo Bowl.

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