It was July 16 when Washington head football coach Chris Petersen got a text from one of his former players.
"We'll see you Dec. 2," read the text from Klayton Adams.
Colorado's offensive line coach, Adams played center at Boise State when Petersen was the offensive coordinator. The good vibes from a strong offseason prompted Adams to send the text, referencing a Colorado vs. Washington matchup in the Pac-12 championship game.
"I remember chuckling, thinking, 'Ok, that would be good. I don't know if that's going to happen to have us both there,'" Petersen said. "Sure enough, here we are."
On Friday night, Adams and the South division champion Buffs (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) will face Peterson's North champion Huskies (11-1, 8-1) in a game that'll be a bit of reunion.
Adams was an all-conference center at Boise State at a time when Petersen ran the Broncos' offense and Chris Strausser coached the offensive line. Strausser now coaches Washington's offensive line.
"I think it's a really neat experience," Adams said of coaching against his former mentors. "The coaching profession is a pretty close profession in general. Pretty much every week in the Pac-12 you can look across the sideline and see someone that maybe you grew up with or someone you played with or someone you worked with before.
"This is a little bit more personal for me because those guys were my coaches and then I (worked as a graduate assistant) for those guys after that."
Petersen, who later became Boise State's head coach before moving to Washington in 2014, has fond memories of Adams and is proud to see him succeeding at CU.
"He's a really, really good person," Petersen said. "He's a lot of fun to be around. I can't say enough about that. There's not enough guys like Klayton out there that make life fun and keep it all in perspective. You couple that with the job that he does. He's turned into a heck of a coach. You just watch his guys play and it's awesome. It's awesome for me to watch that happen."
Adams enjoys seeing Petersen and Strausser enjoying success, too. On Friday, however, none of the friendships matter.
"Beyond it being neat, it's just two teams that are trying to win a Pac-12 championship," Adams said.
Irwin set to return
Jeromy and Sean Irwin came to CU together, but it appears they won't leave together.
The brothers are part of a set of triplets and came to the Buffs in 2012. Sean is a fifth-year senior tight end who will finish his career after CU's bowl game.
Jeromy, the Buffs' starting left tackle, is a fifth-year junior, having been given a medical redshirt year because he's missed two seasons with injuries.
This week, Jeromy said he does plan to return next season.
"I'll be back next year," he said. "I need to take advantage of the opportunities in front of me, which is getting more education. (On the field), my legacy is not done here yet, and I kind of want to build on what we've done this year."
Ready for anything
Going back to his days at Boise State, Petersen has been known as a coach who try to fool the opposition with trick plays. The Buffs are aware of that, and they said they'll be ready.
"All the teams in the conference run trick plays," safety Tedric Thompson said. "You study film and try to learn their tendencies. It's one of the best offenses we've faced all year and one of the best in the country, so we just have to do what we've been doing all season long and just listen to our coaches and really study film."
Since 1972, CU is one of just nine Power 5 teams to have a 10-win season after winning four or less games the previous season. Just four of those teams won as many as 11 games. ... This is the first time since 2011 that the Pac-12 championship features teams that did not play each other during the regular season.