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Colorado Vs. Utah 2011: 'Rumble In The Rockies' Attempting To Develop Into Rivalry

The Colorado Buffaloes and the Utah Utes haven't played each other since Sept. 22, 1962, nearly 50 years ago. The Buffs lost that game, 21-37, in Utah. On Friday, the two teams will take the gridiron as members of the Pac-12 and look to develop a Rocky Mountains rivalry. In fact, it's already being hailed as the "Rumble in the Rockies."

Colorado wants to ignite this rivalry in order to take the place of the now-defunct rivalry the school had with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who departed for the Big Ten in 2011. Colorado and Nebraska annually played the day after Thanksgiving once the school' joined the Big 12 in 1996.

Colorado can upset Utah's hopes of making the Pac-12 championship game, so maybe they can start on that rivalry right away. Deny the Utes a possibility at winning the Pac-12 championship and the BCS bowl berth that goes with it? Sounds like a good way for Jon Embree, his seniors and the rest of the team to close out the season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Denver for live coverage of the Buffaloes-Utes matchup, as well as all breaking Colorado sports news. Also, check out The Ralphie Report for more commentary and analysis of the Colorado Buffaloes.