September 27, 2013

Buffs preparing for hostile environment

BOULDER, Colo. - Momentum is a funny thing in college football. One play, one call or one tackle can change the course of a day, or season, or career. Perhaps that is why winning on the road, especially in conference play, is such a challenge.

Whether a team is undefeated or not, the challenge is still present. No one is immune to a road blunder from time to time, or even more often than that.

Not surprisingly, of the ten programs with the best road winning percentage since 2000, eight have won national championships. It takes a tremendous amount of mental fortitude, energy and, ultimately, talent to win away from home.

Colorado offensive lineman Daniel Munyer surely understands the situation, as the Buffs have won just two road games during his first three seasons.

"It's not your home turf, you're going into someone else's environment," he said of the difficulties. "You've got your staff and your teammates with you, but that's it. That's the only group that will be with you the whole time.

"You've got to realize that one small mistake can cause the crowd to get into it more. I think you've got to take the crowd out of it."

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