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    Colorado linebacker Derek McCartney said playing a team the Buffs haven't faced before, like Northern Colorado, is always fun.

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    Afolabi Laguda, No. 1, celebrates after recovering a fumble against Colorado State. CU has already forced five turnovers this season.



Although separated by only 60 miles, it’s been a while since the Colorado Buffaloes last played Northern Colorado in football.

In fact, it’s been so long that in that last meeting, the Buffaloes weren’t the Buffaloes and Northern Colorado wasn’t Northern Colorado.

On Nov. 12, 1934, the Teachers College Bears pulled off the 13-7 upset of favored CU in Greeley.

Dressed in silver and gold, CU had yet to come up with a name for its team. Following the win, the Greeley Tribune had some fun with that, offering suggestions for CU’s nickname.

Basking in the upset win, the Greeley Tribune wrote the next day, “How about ‘Flatiron Flops’? What’s the matter with ‘Boulder Busts’? A name with territorial twang to it would be ‘Colorado Crumpets.'”

Despite the friendly advice, CU settled on the “Buffaloes” later that season.

On Saturday, the Buffaloes (2-0) will host the Bears (1-0) at Folsom Field. Revenge for the 1934 loss likely won’t be on the mind this week, but the Buffs are looking forward to getting on the field against an old regional rival.

“I know our guys are excited about playing them,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “They know a lot of the guys on the team. It’s a big game for us, any game is; we’re looking forward to it.”

Linebacker Derek McCartney, who grew up in Westminster, said he doesn’t know many players on the UNC roster, but is nonetheless looking forward to the matchup.

“It’s always fun to play new teams, honestly,” he said. “You get new looks and they run different things on offense, so you have to react differently and prepare differently.”

While the Bears, from the Football Championship Subdivision, will be heavy underdogs, MacIntyre said CU will be focused. UNC should be, as well. The Bears had last week off, as a game at Florida was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.

“They’ll probably be a little fresher,” MacIntyre said. “Hopefully us playing a game (last week), we’ll still be in better rhythm maybe than they are; that’s what I hope.”

CU leads the all-time series 9-2, with all the games being played between 1917-1934. UNC’s last trip to Boulder came on Nov. 18, 1933, when CU won 24-0.

CU-Washington game time set

The Pac-12 announced Monday that CU’s conference opener against Washington on Sept. 23 will kickoff at 8 p.m. from Folsom Field.

The rematch of last year’s Pac-12 title game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

There’s a chance the game could be a matchup of undefeated, ranked teams.

CU comes into this week just outside the Associated Press Top 25, at No. 28. Even with a win against UNC, the Buffs would need a bit of help of get into the Top 25 next week.

Washington (2-0) moved up to No. 6 in the latest AP poll. The Huskies host Fresno State on Saturday.

New streak starting

Going into last year’s Pac-12 title game, the Buffaloes had forced a turnover in 25 consecutive games – every game under then-defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt to that point.

The Buffs failed to get a takeaway in that title game loss to Washington. They also failed to get one against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.

The Buffs have already forced five turnovers this year, with three in the opener against Colorado State and two on Saturday against Texas State.

“We emphasize it every day,” first-year coordinator D.J. Eliot said. “We work on it every day, we show it on video – the guys that do it and the guys that don’t do it.

“(Afolabi Laguda) had a great strip (against CSU); it’s a drill that we do every day, and then finishing on the interceptions and catching them is something we harp on with the players, too.”


MacIntyre said running back Kyle Evans will make his season debut on Saturday. Evans dislocated his hip in March and has been working his way back ever since. … Junior safety Nick Fisher has yet to play, as he’s been nursing a hamstring injury. MacIntyre said Fisher will return to the field at some point and is not planning to redshirt. … Asked if suspended defensive lineman Frank Umu will play this week, MacIntyre said, “Not that I know of right now. I haven’t been told yet.” … CU will host the second annual “Hike for Her” event on Sunday at 9 a.m. at NCAR Table Mesa Trail. The event, created by MacIntyre’s wife, Trisha, is to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Trisha’s mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer in November of 2015. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. with the hike starting at 9 a.m. The hike is free, but donations are accepted. For more information or to register, visit

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.

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