Colorado, California and Pac-12 officials continue to say it is looking like the Buffs will host the Bears in a game that will be considered a nonconference game on Sept. 10 in Boulder. It is the second half of a home-and-home series started this season when CU lost to Cal in Berkeley.

However, neither school has been willing to formally make the game a part of their schedule yet, which is an indication that there are still ongoing discussions about finding suitable replacements.

The game doesn't make much sense from a competitive standpoint because it won't count in the conference standings and would make each team's schedule that much more difficult with an additional BCS opponent to face.

However, both athletic departments are hurting for money. So it might make the most sense financially to play the game and move on.

Consider that Colorado already has only five true home games next year, Canceling one of them doesn't make sense financially.

CU is playing 13 regular season games, a reward of sorts from the NCAA which allows a 13th game for teams that make the trip to Hawaii as the Buffs will do to start the season. CU could just opt not to play the Cal game and be back down to 12 games, but it can't afford to host just four games at Folsom Field.

There is still time to make a change though. Remember two years ago, the Buffs agreed to tweak their 2009 schedule and didn't announce the change until late March that year.

Considering how tough the schedule already is, it only makes sense that athletic department officials would be doing their best to give Embree and his staff a slightly less daunting task than a 13-game schedule with 11 BCS Conference teams and the other two games against at Hawaii and on a neutral field in Denver against Colorado State.