Right now Dan Hawkins needs to focus on finishing strong in the Big 12 in order to be given the opportunity to coach Colorado in the Pac-12.

However, Buffs fans might soon be able to look ahead to an exciting matchup with a noteworthy Big Ten foe.

Sources have told the Camera that CU officials are on the verge of adding Ohio State to the 2011 schedule. If the proposed deal is finalized, the Buckeyes would host the Buffs in Columbus next fall.

CU would receive a payout in the neighborhood of $2 million for traveling to the Horseshoe. Ohio State would not make a return trip to Boulder.

"Ohio State is one of a dozen scenarios," CU athletic director Mike Bohn said Saturday night. "We are working on numerous scenarios associated with our scheduling. They have a lot to do with opportunities that exist with us being in the Big 12 until 2012 or joining the Pac-10 in 2011."

The Buffs are scheduled to play Cal at Folsom Field next season, but that will be a Pac-12 conference game if CU is able to leave the Big 12 after the 2010 season.

Phil DiStefano was reportedly in Dallas with attorneys last week negotiating the university's exit from the Big 12, but Bohn had not spoken to the CU Chancellor as of Saturday night and said there was nothing to report on the issue at this time.

CU would prefer to move to the Pac-12 for the 2011 season, a timetable that makes sense considering Nebraska is leaving the Big 12 after the 2010 season to join the Big Ten and Utah is leaving the Mountain West after the 2010 season to join the Pac-12.

According to sources from both schools, the proposed Ohio State-CU football deal could also include an agreement to play a men's basketball series.

The CU-Nebraska series will not come to an end on Nov. 26 in Lincoln if Bohn can help it. He would like to reach an agreement with Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne to schedule the Cornhuskers as a non-conference foe when possible.

The Buffs will have additional openings on future schedules to replace a non-conference series with Utah that will now be a Pac-12 matchup.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with CU 3-1, including a 27-10 victory over the Buffs in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 12, 1976. The Buckeyes, coming off a Rose Bowl victory and led by junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, are ranked No. 2 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches poll.

"I always pictured playing there when I was a little kid," said CU running back Rodney Stewart, a junior from Westerville, Ohio. "To actually get a chance to play there, I would feel really blessed."