It's game day Buff fans.
Once a year the University of Colorado begins a new season. The Buffs are undefeated for at least another 10 hours or so. Dreams of glory fill the heads of fans and players alike.
Those who have been following the Buffaloes for more than a decade know that the Colorado has had some hard times for what seems like forever.
It's far cry from the golden days of yore when the Bill McCartney Buffs were a mainstay in the Top 10 and played for the National Championship twice and were one game away from playing in a third.
The Buffs went undefeated and ranked #1 in 1989 before losing in the Orange Bowl. In 1990, they started the season 1-1-1 before winning 10 straight to earn their first and only national championship in an Orange Bowl rematch with Notre Dame.
In 1994, only a loss to Nebraska kept the Buffs from playing for another national championship. It was perhaps the most talented Buff team ever. It featured Heisman Trophy winning tailback Rashaan Salaam and Jim Thorpe Award winner Chris Hudson. It also featured QB Kordell Stewart, WR Michael Westbrook, and Buff legends Ted Johnson and Christian Fauria. In 1995, NINE of the Buffs were drafted into the NFL. In 1996, five more members of that team were taken in the NFL draft.
2016 is the only year since 2007 that the Buffaloes have gone on to play in a bowl game. It was a magical regular season for Colorado. After a long string of last place finishes in the Pac-12 South, the Buffs managed to win 10 games to take the crown and earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game.
It was all down hill from there. The Buffs lost the conference title tilt by 31 points to Washington, and lost their bowl game by 30 to the Oklahoma State.
They continued their downfall last year with an uninspired effort to go 5-7. After wining 10 of 12 to start 2016, the Buffs have lost nine of their last 14.
Fortunately, the Buffaloes start the season against the Rams of CSU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Colorado State has been to a lot more bowl games in the last 10 years. The Rams have been in six bowl games to the Buffs' one. Despite that, Colorado has won seven of the last 10 against CSU, including three straight.
Tonight we find out if the Buffs can make it four straight against CSU. The Rams lost their season opener last week to Hawaii.
It's game day Buff fans! Go Buffs!