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Dates For 2011 Colorado Buffaloes' Schedule Released

The Colorado Buffaloes 2011 football schedule has now been confirmed by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post. Here is the University’s first year in the Pac-12 Conference:

September 3 at Hawaii
September 17 Colorado State (at Invesco Field)
September 24 at Ohio State
October 1 at Washington State
October 8 at Stanford
October 15 at Washington
October 22 Oregon
October 29 at Arizona State
November 5 USC
November 12 Arizona
November 19 at UCLA
November 26 at Utah

Chris Dempsey also mentions that the University of Colorado has an available home date for September 10.

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Colorado Buffaloes To Host Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans In 2011

While the full Pac-12 schedule has yet to be released, the Denver Post reports that the Colorado Buffaloes opponents are already known:

Besides Oregon, the Buffaloes will host Washington State, Southern California and Arizona.

They will travel to Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA and Utah, the other new conference member.

The story goes on to mention that CU has a schedule problem because the Buffs host only four games while there must be six to meet all obligations. The game against Cal does not count as a league game since the home and home series was set up before the league change.

Under this new schedule, the Buffaloes potentially face two BCS teams from this season in the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes. The Buffs previously played the Oregon Ducks in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl, which the Ducks won, 38-16. That was back in the Gary Barnett era when Craig Ochs was the quarterback, when Daniel Graham was playing his way into a future NFL tight end and when Chris Brown and Bobby Purify dominated the backfield.

The Buffs and Utah had a strong rivalry for the first six decades of the twentieth century, but the two teams have yet to play since 1963.

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Pac-12 Announces Conference Structure, Buffs In The South Division

Larry Scott and the new Pac-12 have announced the structure of the new conference that will begin play in the 2011 athletic season. There weren't too many surprises outside of the news that the conference championship game will be at the home field of the team with the best conference record and the California schools getting "locked" cross-divisional yearly match-ups. These decisions were reached and decided upon unanimously, something that says a lot about the attitude of the conference going forward.

The Colorado Buffaloes and Utah Utes will become official members of the Pac-12 on July 1, 2011.

The Pac-12 conference will have equal revenue sharing amongst all schools going forward. This is fantastic news that puts the member institutions on an equal playing field. This is HUGE for the Buffs. Utah's revenue sharing will still be phased in over three years.

Starting in 2012 all media revenues will be shared equally. If it at any time that revenue figure drops below $120M, USC and UCLA will receive an extra stipend to make sure that those universities are realizing a similar level of growth to the others.

The divisions for football are as follows: The Pac-12 South will include USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah. The Pac-12 will include Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, California and Stanford.

Current rivalries amongst the schools will remain completely intact. In football, each team will play a nine game conference schedule. It will play each team in its division every year, and four from the other division. The northern and southern California teams will have "locked" cross-divisional games every single season. The 2011-12 conference schedules will be released in 30 to 45 days.

The football conference championship game will be played on the home field of the top seed between the two division winners. The top seed will be determined by overall conference records, with tiebreakers in place in case of a tie. USC is not eligible to play in the championship game in 2011 pending their current appeal.

There will be no division in any other sports. Men's and women's basketball will play an 18-game conference schedule with guaranteed rivalry games. 

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Pac-12 Division Possibilities Being Floated

With the University of Colorado officially joining the Pac-12 for the 2011 season, it’s time to start analyzing how the new 12 team league will break down.

Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com has reported this likely divisional breakdown:

North Division

Washington
Washington State
Oregon
Oregon State
Colorado
Utah

South Division
Stanford
California
USC
UCLA
Arizona
Arizona State

These proposed divisions would keep the natural rivalries inherent in the current Pac-10 intact, especially the Apple Cup between Washington schools and the Civil War between Oregon schools. As an added benefit, it places newcomers Colorado and Utah in the same division with the hope they form a potential geographical rivalry.

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It's Official, The University of Colorado Is Heading To The Pac-10 In 2011

Colorado will leave the Big 12 in 2011 and it will cost $6.863 millionless than a minute ago via mobile web

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Conference Realignment: Terms Of Nebraska's Exit And Move To The Big 10 Released

The Big 12 conference has just released the terms for the University of Nebraska's move to the Big 10 conference in 2011. The Big 12 will withhold $9.255 million from the revenues that would otherwise have been distributed to the university this year.  If the Cornhuskers are asked to participate in a BCS bowl this season then they would receive $500,000 of that money back.

Nebraska is set to join a division with Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern while the other Big 10 division will feature Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

There is a pretty strong chance that we will hear similar news for the Buffaloes over the next few days, possibly as early tonight as the Colorado regents met today and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has scheduled a press conference for 7 pm tonight.

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Report: University of Colorado To Join Pac-12 Conference In 2011

After a long summer of conference realignment, it appears the University of Colorado will be joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011. Money was the main concern, as the University would have to forfeit a large percentage of Big 12 profits, but it seems that Colorado is more than willing to make that sacrifice in order to move early. Though nothing is official just yet, expect a formal announcement shortly.

SB Denver will be posting updates as they happen.

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Report: University of Colorado To Remain In Big 12 Through 2011 Season

The Boulder Daily Camera is reporting that the University of Colorado is planning to stay in the Big 12 Conference through the end of the 2011 season, and will join what will be the Pac-12 Conference at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Previous rumors had Colorado leaving early and paying a sizable severance fee to the Big 12 Conference in order to join Utah as a Pac-12 member in 2011, setting up a conference championship game that season.

Although still technically an option, it appears Colorado will stick out the remainder of their Big 12 commitment.

Check out The Ralphie Report for more ...

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Colorado Buffaloes Name Tyler Hansen Starting QB

Most of us have suspected it would happen throughout the spring and summer, but now it is official. The updated depth chart has been released and junior Tyler Hansen has been named the Colorado Buffaloes starting quarterback for the 2010 college football season. Both Hansen and senior Cody Hawkins were informed of the decision on Friday morning by offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau.

Hansen deserves this opportunity to start the season as the Buffaloes offensive leader after burning redshirts the last two seasons and being shuffled in and out of the position to deal with injuries and ineffectiveness. He has been working a majority of the time with the one's since the end of the 2009 season and has emerged as a team leader with both the offense and the defense. His athleticism gives the Buffs a threat that is not there with Hawkins and if his decision making improves, we can hope to see a much improved offensive unit this year. 

Cody Hawkins will still play a major role in the success of this team, whether it is from the bench or the playing field, and we shouldn't forget his contributions to the team and how hard he has worked every year that he has been here.

Check out the full depth chart here and head over to The Ralphie Report for more... 

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Offense Rolls For Over 700 Yards In Colorado Scrimmage

As you read that headline you probably thought "well great, so our defense struggled", but not to worry, Thursday's scrimmage can definitely be considered a victory on both sides of the ball. The offense roared out of the gates, with both the first and second teams scoring on their opening drives. But the defense recovered and finished strong with fan favorite Parker Orms intercepting a Tyler Hansen pass and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown.

David Gerhardt of The Ralphie Report sees good things from the o-line and probable starting quarterback, Tyler Hansen:

The starting O-line did a pretty good job of protecting Hansen and giving him enough time to go through his progression. But our Defense did a pretty good job of covering guys downfield, so they were able to negate some of the O-lines effectiveness in the passing game. Hansen still managed to find guys over the middle, like TEs and McKnight. If given the time, he can be a pretty solid QB. They also ran one designed QB run, which Hansen took in for a TD from about the 15 yardline. It's nice to see Hansen running because that's the play that's been called, and not because everything broke down.

Neil Woelk talks about hope, and how it's slowly start to build amongst the Buffalo faithful:

It`s been a while since I`ve seen fans leave Folsom Field after a CU scrimmage with smiles on their faces. Actually, maybe not so much smiles as looks of pleasant surprise. The Buffs have some talent and depth this year, and it showed on Thursday.

Certainly any optimism should be accompanied by the term "guarded," but the difference between this year and last -- or even the summer and spring -- is noticeable.

You can check out all of the stats here and head over to The Ralphie Report for more.

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