College football season in Colorado kicks off Sept. 2 with the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown between the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams. The Buffs won last year’s showdown, but finished the season with just four wins overall. The Rams finished their season on a four-game winning streak and went to a third consecutive bowl game.
The Buffs enter 2016 with a healthy quarterback and the return of more than a half-dozen players who missed time in 2015 with injury. Sefo Liufau is recovered form his lisfranc injury and looks to add to his over 70 school records at quarterback. Most importantly, he’s trying to lead the Buffs to their first winning season since 2005.
The Rams lost key playmakers on offense, specifically wide receivers Rashard Higgins and Joe Hansley, but they return a second-team all-conference quarterback in Nick Stevens. Head coach Mike Bobo isn’t going to make it easy on Stevens, however. Graduate transfer Faton Bauta will get a shot at the starting QB job as well.
We cover all that, plus much more, in the College Football 2016 edition of Mile High Sports on Denver 8 TV. Hosts Danny Williams and Benny Bash welcome CU expert Michael Jaycox and CSU expert Rich Kurtzman talking Buffs and Rams.