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Colorado Vs. Washington State Could Be Pivot Game For Buffaloes

The Colorado Buffaloes could be 3-0 to start the 2012 football season, though that might be a tough one to pull off. However, ESPN's Pac-12 blog has pinned the fourth game of the season, against the Washington St. Cougars, as the most important game of the season for the Buffs:

Imagine it, Colorado fans, a 3-0 start. Colorado State, Sacramento State and Fresno State to open the season, and victories in those three games are achievable. Then it's off to Pullman where, no doubt, last year's collapse against the Cougars is still fresh in the minds of those in Boulder.

Kevin Gemmell goes on to recap the heart-breaking loss to the Cougars last season -- the one where the Cougars scored two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game to take the lead and the victory.

Funny thing about this talk of 3-0 is that in 2011 it looked like the Buffs had a good chance at going 3-0 before they went on the road to face the Ohio St. Buckeyes in Columbus. As it turned out, the Buffs went 1-2 to start the season, defeating just the Colorado St. Rams. The Buffs lost to Cal in overtime and didn't do well in Hawaii to start the year off.

The Buffs definitely need to watch out for FCS Sacramento State. The Hornets went on the road last season to defeat the Oregon St. Beavers in overtime, 29-28.