The Dam Links 9/27/2013:  Colorado

Colorado's Paul Richardson is the Buffs' version of Brandin Cooks. - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Weekend previews, accolades for Brandin Cooks, other Beaver sports, volleyball Civil War, and more

It's not every day two conference foes meet for the first time in 25 years.

In fact, this will be the first time the Buffaloes have ever played in Corvallis, although the two teams met twice in Portland. Speaking of Buffaloes, did you know that Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a grammatically correct sentence?

The Ralphie Report (SB Nation's Colorado site) puts together a few snippets from around the internet about this weekend's Beaver-Buffalo game. Buffzone also has a preview -- Buffalo cornerbacks are looking ahead to the challenge the Beaver passing offense poses. Ken Goe compares notes with John Henderson of the Denver Post with 5 questions about the Colorado Buffaloes.

They also had a conversation with us, and you can read Andy's answers to Jon's questions here, as well a learn what we found out about them.

Here's a comparison that doesn't make me terribly excited: Colorado QB Connor Wood is being compared to Utah's Travis Wilson. Ready for another shootout?

Brandin Cooks thinks he is the best receiver in the Pac-12. Kevin Gemmell of the Pac-12 blog says that Cooks has been the conference's best player so far. That is some high praise.

The Pac-12 blog also provides some predictions for the weekend. Both Kevin and Ted pick the Beavers to win a high-scoring affair at Reser.

O-live video: Richard Mullaney on finishing games. Mike Riley on the experience that close wins provides. Kevin Cummings on Jordan Poyer's dance moves (and other, more relevelant, things).

A bit more on the new starting middle linebacker, Rommel Mageo. Newfound secondary star Steven Nelson is getting more attention, and deservedly so.

Audio from Mike Riley's weekly phone conference can be found here.

Although the Beavers' running game has (to be it kindly) sucked eggs, due (at least in part) to the inability of the offensive line to open holes, the O-line has done a good job of protecting Sean Mannion, allowing only one sack per game so far.

With students coming back, the Daily Barometer (OSU student newspaper) is ramping back up. Richard Mullaney is featured.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times ranks the Beavers at #8 in the Pac-12. Seems reasonable. The Sporting News doesn't currently think OSU is going to go bowling, the first time I've seen that in a couple of weeks. I think getting to a bowl game is still likely, although not guaranteed. Of course, since there's still only one loss, and it's not a conference loss, you mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

Saturday's game is Military Appreciation Day; active personnel and veterans will be acknowledged during halftime, and those same people can get tickets to the game at a discounted rate. I wasn't alive for the last OSU final four basketball team (1962-1963), but those individuals will also be honored Saturday, twenty minutes or so before the game.

The Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour will also be in Parker Plaza Saturday morning. Former OSU and NFL standout T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be the featured guest at this event. The tour which will include a Q & A session and an autograph session with T.J. plus great food, tailgate games, a cook-off between the area’s top chefs and spirited corn hole competitions.

The first Civil War event of the year was Tuesday night, and the women's volleyball team lost lopsidedly in straight sets to the 21st ranked Ducks.

Mens' golf finished one shot out of first place at the 15-team Mark Simpson Invitational in Colorado this week, ending up third behind host Colorado and Washington State.

Beaver swimming opens the season Friday against Cal.  Olympian gold medalist Missy Franklin swims for Cal, so you could watch her compete against the Beavers this afternoon at Dixon Rec.  Not to be a Debbie downer or anything, but she's probably going to win.

More from the Barometer: The women's cross country team is off to a strong start. So is the men's soccer team, who have already matched last year's win total.

Every time I think of Colorado football, I can't help but think of this play. I'm guessing some of our readers won't remember this at all. Let's hope there's no repeat this weekend. (You really only need to watch the first minute.)

As always, vote in the poll below. See you at Reser Stadium on Saturday for the noon start.

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