K-State – After 3 hard-fought games, the Buffs are now battle tested. Facing another 4-2-5 defense, the CU ground game should do some damage against 2008s worst defense in the Big 12. Offensively, KSU will not be as effective as a year ago losing Josh Freeman to the NFL, the top two RBs back-filling positions, and Deon Murphy quitting the team. Keeping pressure on an ineffective quarterback and containing their one offensive threat in the pass and run game (Banks) will lead to an offensive meltdown for the cats; a relatively easy win despite last years battle. W 45-23 (6-1/2-1) Missouri – The biggest question mark in the North after losing so much talent on offense, Mizzou’s high powered passing game looks to be slowed down. CU’s depth at corner and LB give us a considerable strength against spread offenses this year. The tigers will still be effective on offense, but with the loss of Daniel and Maclin, the home-run looks to be a rarity this season with a lot of unproven talent at WR. Defensively, Missouri has an inexperienced line and secondary which will create a good match-up for CU Offensively. Utilizing the play action pass to freeze the strength on the defense will put tremendous pressure on a young secondary. The CU RBs look to spend a lot of time in the second level of the defense with a lot of opportunities to break for long runs. W 38-27 (7-1/3-1) aTm – With 2008s worst rushing defense in the Big 12 and not much improvement expected from the group in 2009, the CU RBs will capitalize on a major weakness for the Aggies. Our downhill running attack will wear down the undersized aTm D line from the opening kickoff. Offensively the match-ups aren’t as one sided, however CU still has a significant advantage. A threat to run and pass, QB Jerrod Johnson will keep the LBs honest. The most talented section of the offense is in their receivers. A&M will make a couple big plays in the passing game due to the QBs ability to get out of the pocket and make plays, but their lack of a running attack plays nicely in to the strength of our defense. Another well played, fundamental victory for the buffs. W 31-17 (8-1/4-1) ISU – Expect to see an improved cyclones team as ISU moves to the spread in 2009. The QB, Austen Arnaud, is an effective passer in given time but some of the gaps in the O line may prevent that from happening. The strength for the ISU offense will be in the passing game against our savvy DBs. A relatively inexperienced receiving corps will surely make some mistakes that will create turnovers under the new scheme; A good matchup for the Buffs on both sides of the ball. The defensive strength for ISU lies in the secondary which should open some great opportunities in the ground game. This one will be unexpectedly close, but not close enough for a struggling ISU team. W 30-20 (9-1/5-1) OSU – This game presents are only major disparity on the schedule in terms of matchups. Expected to be the nations most effective offense in 2009, OSU will give us fits on the ground and through the air with their highly balanced attack. We will be able to make adjustments as the game goes on, but in the end the offense will be too strong for our front four. Given time, Robinson will have little trouble throughout the season finding receivers while the run game is sure to be consistent. For the Buffs offensively, we have a good chance to keep up with the Cowboy’s on the scoreboard. OSU is very inexperienced in the secondary and weak on the D-line. We should have no problem moving the ball against the defense both through the air and in the hands of our talented backs. I see a shoot-out, but in the end, the Offense is too much to handle. L 41-34 (9-2/5-2) Fuskers – Win number ten and it is so sweet to be given from the hated cornholers! Inexperienced wide receivers will force QB Lee to make plays with his feet as well as hand off to Helu; the Offense for the corn hinges heavily on Helu and Lee. A lack of depth at both positions will create a major issue if either goes down with an injury. Look for a lot of runs and a big performance from the CU LBs as the passing game will be mostly ineffective. The strength for the fuskers is the Defensive front. The CU run game will be somewhat slowed, but their will be ample opportunity to make plays with a group of TEs and receivers that will be clicking in the final game of the season. A hard fought game, but a huge win at Folsom! W 31-24 (10-2/6-2) The North breakdown: CU (10-2/6-2), kNU (8-4/5-3), KU (8-4/4-4), Mizzou (7-5/3-5), ISU (5-7/2-6), KSU (3-9/0-8) Final Picture: CU BCS ranking coming in to the B12 Championship game – 15; And, an opportunity to take UT out of the MNC game and play in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame (classic). FACT! GO BUFFS!