On paper, Colorado’s football matchup with New Hampshire on Saturday looks like a mismatch.
The Buffaloes aren’t viewing it that way, however, especially as they look forward to playing at Folsom Field for the first time this season.
CU (2-0) will host Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe New Hampshire (0-2), looking to keep its momentum going.
“I think we’re very excited to play in Folsom, very excited to play in front of our fans,” quarterback Steven Montez said. “Hopefully we have a good showing out there. Either way, we’re going to do what we do on offense and on defense. We’re going to just play our game just like we have been.”
The Buffs opened the season with a 45-13 rout of in-state rival Colorado State, and then on Saturday won an emotional thriller at long-time rival Nebraska, 33-28.
“The first two weeks were I would say exhilarating for our team,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “You play your two biggest rivals in your school’s history and neither one of them at your home stadium and you’re able to beat both of them.
“Now we’ve got to keep moving forward. If we want to be champions, we have to keep getting better.”
The results of the first two weeks have built some excitement about the Buffs, and MacIntyre said he hopes the fans pack Folsom.
“I expect to have a ton of fans there to watch this team play,” he said. “This is an exciting football team that we have.”
While New Hampshire is 0-2 and has sputtered out of the gates, the Buffs said they aren’t viewing the Wildcats as a pushover. UNH has been to the FCS playoffs each of the last 14 years — the longest streak in the country.
“We’re going to treat them just like anybody else,” linebacker Nate Landman said. “This game is the most important game on our schedule right now. Last two weeks it was great; we focused on just playing our game, being the Colorado Buffaloes. We’re going to continue to have that mentality going in. We’re going to take it one week at a time. We’re just going to focus on being Colorado and playing Colorado football.”
More honors for the Buffs
Landman was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, selected by Football Writers Association of America. Landman had 14 tackles and an interception against Nebraska.
“Wow,” he said upon hearing about his latest honor. “I love all the accolades and everything, but I always bring it back to my teammates and my coaches and everyone who has helped me along the way. We play as a team, we’re a brotherhood and coach emphasizes that all the time. This year we really bring that brotherhood to the table and that allows us to play as a team.”
In addition to winning the weekly award, Landman has been added to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the national player of the year.
Receiver Laviska Shenault was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award national player of the week after posting 10 catches for 177 yards and two total touchdowns against Nebraska. That award goes to players who have ties to the state of Texas.
Hike For Her
MacIntyre’s wife, Trisha, is co-hosting an event to raise awareness of ovarian cancer this Sunday with the third annual Hike For Her.
The event will take place at NCAR Table Mesa Trail. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., with the hike beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free of charge, but donations are accepted. The event will help to fund research that is nearing major breakthroughs in battling the disease.
Trisha was inspired to get involved in this event after losing her mother to ovarian cancer in November of 2015.
“Hopefully we can make a small impact and save a few people’s lives,” coach MacIntyre said.
For more information, to register for the hike or to donate to cancer research, visit CUBuffs.com/hikeforher.
Saturday’s game will be MacIntyre’s 200th as a Division I coach, including 103 as a head coach. … This will be the first-ever meeting between CU and New Hampshire. … CU is 5-2 all-time against FCS teams, with a current four-game winning streak. … This is the first time since 1920 that CU has opened a season 2-0 without one of the wins being in Boulder.