With the Flatirons rising up in the distance, the view from Folsom Field is spectacular.
"That's one of the best parts," CU receiver Bryce Bobo said.
For years, that picturesque view has been the highlight of games at Folsom Field, but Bobo and the Buffs are trying to change that.
On Thursday, the No. 21 Buffs (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) will look to remain perfect at Folsom when UCLA (3-5, 1-4) comes to Boulder.
"We always talk about that. It finally clicks," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. "There's a lot more excitement in our stadium now and that makes it better for us also. I'm excited about that. We definitely want to win at home. We love playing in Folsom."
CU was 3-9 at home the previous two years, and it's been six years since the Buffs posted a winning record at Folsom.
So far this season, the Buffs are not only 3-0 at Folsom, they've been dominant in those wins, outscoring the opposition 143-29. They've allowed just two touchdowns at home.
"We just have that mindset that no one can beat us when they come into Folsom and we have to keep that going," Bobo said.
The Buffs feed off the energy of the crowd at home. For senior linebacker Kenneth Olugbode, there's nothing better than being on the field when the opposition faces third down.
"That's the best part about it," he said. "You just feel it on third downs."
CU has also found a way to use the altitude to its advantage, storming out to big leads and rolling from there.
"(The altitude) doesn't bother our guys at all, and I feel like it's bothered some of the other teams, I really do," MacIntyre said.
With three of their last four games at home, the Buffs hope to keep the momentum going. CU hasn't finished undefeated at home since going 6-0 in 1994.
"Being here for four years, finally being able to protect our house, it's a nice feeling," guard Gerrad Kough said.
• Coming into this season, CU was 0-13 against Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. The Buffs have defeated all three teams. They are 0-5 against UCLA in the Pac-12 era.
• As of Wednesday afternoon, CU had sold 41,374 tickets for tonight's game. It's a disappointing number considering the Buffs have topped the 46,000 mark in the last two home games. It'll still be among the top five most attended games during MacIntyre's four seasons in Boulder.
• This will be CU's ninth non-Thanksgiving Thursday game. The Buffs are 3-5 in the previous eight and they've lost the last four.