Colorado at Michigan
When: 1:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Michigan Stadium
TV/Radio: Big Ten Network, 94.1 FM./850 AM
To this point, the Colorado football team has done what it has set out to do.
The Buffaloes (2-0) routed Colorado State in the opener and then pounded Idaho State on Saturday.
Facing fourth-ranked Michigan (2-0) on the road this Saturday is a new kind of test, and CU coach Mike MacIntyre is eager to see how his players handle it.
"I don't think our kids will wilt at all," MacIntyre said. "I think we're playing a really good football team , so now we need to see how we play against a really good football team, and I think they do too.
"I think you just go out there and you stand toe-to-toe and you fight and see how we fight and how we measure up."
It's been a long time since CU has measured up to a really good team. In fact, the Buffs have lost 22 in a row against ranked teams, including 0-11 under MacIntyre. Aside from CSU (in 2013 and 2015), the Buffs haven't defeated anybody else that went on to play in a bowl game.
Michigan will present CU with a much more difficult challenge than CSU or Idaho State provided, but it's not a challenge that puts doubt in the minds of the Buffs.
"We believe in each other," safety Tedric Thompson said. "We're ready for every challenge. It doesn't matter who we're playing against. We're always going to feel like and have the mindset that we're going to come out with the win. We're ready for every little moment."
Considering Michigan's ranking, it's stature in college football and the fact that some 110,000 people are expected to be in attendance — which would be the largest crowd ever for a CU game — it might be easy to get psyched out. However, Thompson and quarterback Sefo Liufau both said they believe the Buffs will be ready.
"Obviously, when you play a very predominant powerhouse team or whatever people want to label them as, we're excited to play," Liufau said. "We want to play the best, we want to beat the best. I just think after that first play, after you get that one out of the way, everyone will be fine."
The Buffs' confidence doesn't stem so much from the easy victories from the past two weeks. Rather, it comes from how they've prepared for those games, and how they've began their week of preparation for the Wolverines.
"If you're prepared to play, then you'll be able to play as well as you can and see what happens," MacIntyre said. "If you're not prepared, it doesn't matter who you're playing, it doesn't matter how hyped up you get or how exited you get or where you're playing. It's all about the preparation, and (the Buffs are) a mature enough team now that they understand. I think they really truly get it.
"That maturity factor is a big deal. As you keep building your team and you build that culture, the older guys teach the younger guys and they understand that's just the way it is."
Visiting Michigan obviously brings back memories of CU's 27-26 victory against the Wolverines on Sept. 24, 1994. In that game, CU quarterback Kordell Stewart threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook on the game's final play for the win.
The Buffs, of course, were asked about that play on Tuesday, but didn't seem too interested in dwelling on something that happened before most of them were born.
Liufau was asked about Stewart's throw, which traveled 73 yards in the air, and if he could come through if the same situation came up on Saturday.
"Hopefully it doesn't come down to a Hail Mary," Liufau said. "If it does come down to a Hail Mary, I'll get the ball in the end zone."
Liufau then added that the Buffs aren't really looking for a singular special moment, but rather a collection of moments this season.
"We're mainly focused on ourselves and trying to turn a program around," Liufau said. "When you struggle so much through the first three years that I've been here, we just want to be really consistent and win a lot of games this year."
MacIntyre said the family of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will always hold a special place in the hearts of the MacIntyres. Jim's father, Jack, coached MacIntyre's brother, Matt, at Western Kentucky. At that time, Western Kentucky nearly dropped its football program until the Harbaugh family came to the rescue. That allowed many players, including Matt, to continue their college careers. ... CU is receiving $1.4 million to play this game. ... CU has outscored its opponents 100-14, while Michigan has outscored its opponents 114-17.
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