November 19, 2007

Buffs, Huskers both playing for bowl eligibility

Colorado's annual post-Thanksgiving match up against Nebraska is always the most important game on the schedule. At least that is the opinion of most Buff fans. With bowl eligibility on the line, this year's game against the Huskers carries even more meaning.

"Senior day, last game of the year, bowl game, Nebraska, chances of a winning season; you kind of have everything rolled up into one so there is definitely a lot of focus there," CU head coach Dan Hawkins said at his weekly press conference. "We have talked to the players about that. You try to spell things out week to week and it all kind of got rolled up into one big game this week."

Linebacker Jordon Dizon is one of 15 seniors hoping that Friday's game will not be his last in a Colorado uniform.

"Last year they kicked our butts, so it's not revenge but we have to be ready for all the trick plays they ran last year," said Dizon. "They are going to come out strong, play for their coach. Their record does not resemble their team at all, so we have to be ready."

"Dusty [Sprague] got up today and he asked who has actually played in a game against Nebraska and very few guys raised their hand, so the seniors have really taken a leadership role and are emphasizing to everyone what we need to do to beat the Huskers," added redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins. "The scout teams are doing a great job, giving us great looks and everyone just knows how important this game is."

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