DENVER (CBS4) – A season ago Colorado State University’s Jim McElwain was the new coach in the rivalry with the University of Colorado Buffaloes. His debut in the Rocky Mountain Showdown worked out pretty well and now he’s going for two in a row.

“I’m excited for the game, I’m excited for the opponent, I’m excited for the venue,” McElwain said. “I think it is something that is awesome, and this is a way to kick off a college football season.”

This time around it’s CU’s Mike MacIntyre who’ll get his first taste of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The new Coach Mac in Boulder has a tall task of rebuilding the Buffs. What better way to start than by beating the boys from Fort Collins?

“We’re really excited about this season and I know our players are working extremely hard and believing that they can stand toe-to-toe with anybody they play; that’s what we want to do,” MacIntyre said.

MacIntyre’s Buffs are pretty much starting from scratch after last year’s 1-11 campaign.

For McElwain’s Rams, last year ended pretty solid with three wins in their last five games — but that was last year. Right now only one game matters — the Showdown on Sunday.

“I believe we will be ready for Sept. 1; we’ll be more than ready,” CU wide receiver Paul Richardson said. “I’m excited to see what we do against those guys.”

“I grew up watching this game and dreaming about how it would be to play in it,” CSU tight end Kivon Cartwright said. “To have already played in it and coming again for another year, it means a lot.”

The Rocky Mountain Showdown kicks off Sunday at 4 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

Watch more of the video about the Rocky Mountain Showdown in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.


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