The Colorado Buffaloes adopted the phrase "The Rise is Real" when they stormed through the Pac-12 South last year on their way to their first bowl berth since 2007. The slide is sincere, too.
Just like last year, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has declared that the Buffaloes' goal is to play in the Pac-12 title game.
From the opening kickoff that went out of bounds, little went right for the Buffaloes.
For Mike MacIntyre, the best thing about the biggest turnaround in college football this season is that Colorado's seniors are getting to experience the Buffaloes' renaissance themselves.
Hasselbach broke his foot, ribs and a disk in his back during an accident in 2010 that happened just before he started high school.
Colorado's first game as a ranked team in nearly 11 years is a prime chance for the Buffaloes to prove they're serious about contending with the Pac-12's perennial powers.
First of all, September has ended, which means you can go ahead and make a Green Day joke before we get this month started.