I moved to Colorado 15 years ago and have easily adopted the local sports teams, including the University of Colorado Buffaloes.
I have come to appreciate the rivalries that CU has built up over the years as a member of the Big 8 and Big 12. That will end today fittingly in Lincoln, Nebraska when the CU Buffs play the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
There should always be a game on the schedule that can salvage a lost season or propel forward a great season. For CU it has always been Nebraska, traditionally played the day after Thanksgiving. There is a general sporting hatred between the two teams brought on by the adjacent proximity of the states themselves and the large number of Nebraska transplants that now call Colorado home.
Even though the Corn have dominated the annual series from the beginning, the last 10 years have been very competitive. Clearly the most memorable was the Buffs 62-36 beat down of the Corn when they came to town as a highly ranked team in 2001.
As always the case, today’s game carries intrigue. The Buffs need to win to get to a bowl game and the Corn need to win for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. And winning the LAST one will fuel bragging rights for years to come.
I don’t know who will replace Nebraska as CU’s main rival in the years to come. Until that happens things will be empty without the hated Corn.