Game at a Glance
Matchup: Colorado Buffaloes (1-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0)
Kickoff: 1:36 p.m. MT
Where: Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Capacity: 85,458. Turf: FieldTurf.
Radio: KOA (850 AM and 94.1 FM)
Odds: Nebraska by 4
Coaches: Colorado — Mike MacIntyre, 6th season (26-38; 42-59 career); Nebraska — Scott Frost, 1st season (0-0; 19-7 career)
Series: Nebraska leads 49-18-2, including 26-8 in Lincoln
In 69 previous meetings, the Colorado and Nebraska football teams have built an intense rivalry filled with some of the most memorable moments in the histories of both programs.
This week, the current Buffaloes have been reminded of some of those moments, with the longtime rivalry being renewed after eight years of dormancy.
When CU (1-0) takes the field on Saturday against the Cornhuskers (0-0) in Lincoln, Neb., however, none of those previous 69 meetings will matter. This game is all about these Buffs writing their own chapter in this rivalry and, most importantly, continuing their path towards a great 2018 season.
"To us, we just treat it like another game," quarterback Steven Montez said. "They are just another team wearing a different color than us. We have to go in and do what we do best, play our game, and hopefully it will work out for us in the end."
Last week, the Buffs did play their game and thumped in-state rival Colorado State, 45-13. That was step No. 1 toward CU's long-term goals.
"It was good to come out and put up some points, but it is just one game," Montez said. "One game isn't going to win you the season, one game isn't going to get you to a bowl game, one game is not going to get you to a playoff or anything like that. We just need to stay the course and keep working and keep our heads down and focus on what we have to do for the task at hand."
For now, the task at hand is beating Nebraska and continuing the momentum gained from last week.
Finding a way to beat the Cornhuskers - making their debut with highly-touted first-year head coach Scott Frost — is going to be tough enough without worrying about the history of this rivalry.
Earlier this week, head coach Mike MacIntyre allowed himself to get caught up in the CU vs. Nebraska highlights being played on TVs throughout the Champions Center. But, only for a few minutes.
"Then I turned it off because I needed to go watch film," he said.
Of course, there's no film to watch of this version of Nebraska, except for the Cornhuskers' spring game, where the starting quarterback was Tristan Gebbia, who has since transferred to Oregon State, and the top two receivers on the team — Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman — didn't play.
The Buffs have spent most of the week watching film from last year's Central Florida team, which was coached by Frost and his current Nebraska staff. And, they're doing their best to prepare for true freshman Adrian Martinez, a speedy athlete set to start at quarterback for the Cornhuskers.
CU's main focus, however, is on CU.
"We are going off the assumption that it's going to be similar to Central Florida, but defensively and offensively we prepare for everything," MacIntyre said. "They have to put 11 guys out there and we have to put 11 guys out. All of your schemes, offense and defense, should handle everything.
"There's some things that might surprise you a little bit, but our kids ought to be able to adjust very easily to it. Now we just have to go play. Hopefully we'll be able to adjust as the game goes on in the first quarter to really get a feel for what they're trying to emphasize in the offense with Martinez."
This week, co-offensive coordinator/line coach Klayton Adams told the staff about a time when he was a player at Boise State and something happened that prevented the Broncos from getting film of the opponent for a couple of weeks.
"He said they won both games," MacIntyre said. "They just practiced really hard and got out there and played."
That approach of focusing on their own game served CU well two years ago. The 2016 Buffs were locked into the task at hand each week, worried about playing well in their own schemes, and finished 10-4.
Montez sees the same mindset in these Buffs.
"We've just been working real hard, trying to do the things that we do best, and trying to do them at a high level," Montez said.
"If I were to describe our team right now, it would just be focused. Focused and hungry."