Junior running back Kyle Evans is fully healed from a dislocated hip suffered in March. Last year's third-leading rusher (third among running backs), Evans is set to make his season debut on Saturday.

"We're going to throw him in there in the mix on special teams and we'll throw him in there at running back and see how it all works out," head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "Fortunately, everybody has stayed healthy, but usually running backs get nicked up and you're going to need all those guys at significant times during the season."

Staying focused

MacIntyre's teams at CU have generally been ready to play the opponent in front of them, without looking ahead.

With heavy underdog UNC, from the Football Championship Subdivision, coming to town Saturday and No. 6 Washington coming to Boulder next week, it could be easy for the Buffs to lose focus on the Bears. MacIntyre doesn't believe it'll be an issue.

"I will find out this weekend," MacIntyre said. "I sure hope not. If we do (look ahead), we don't have the team I think we have."

Under MacIntyre, the Buffs are 3-0 against FCS teams, but CU was 1-2 against FCS teams prior to his arrival. MacIntyre said he has already shown the team film of CU's 30-28 home loss to Sacramento State in 2012.



During his five seasons at CU, MacIntyre is 12-5 in non-conference games. ... In his career, MacIntyre is 6-1 against FCS teams, his only loss coming to UC Davis in 2010 when he was the head coach at San Jose State. ... CU is paying UNC $350,000 to play in this game.

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