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Colorado's out

It's good to hear that the athletic department is being proactive about the scheduling issue, although word came down yesterday that Colorado isn't a possibility.

CU also has been approached about filling the hole in its schedule left by Miami with games at either Ole Miss or Rutgers. Athletic director Mike Bohn and coach Dan Hawkins are not fans of making the schedule any more difficult in a pivotal year. Can't really blame them for that. After all, CU has been playing tough nonconference schedules for years while many other teams in the Big 12 dine on cream puffs in September.

Some of that has started to change in recent years, but it was just two years ago that Kansas went the Orange Bowl after playing a suspect lineup in September.

If the deal goes through as expected, the Buffs will face a Toledo team under a new coaching staff led by Tim Beckman, who was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State last year. Toledo won just three games in 2008, but one of them came at Michigan.

When one door closes, another may open.

A Miami spokesman said earlier this week that the school had completed its schedule and that Colorado, who was supposed to play the RedHawks on Sept. 12, was not on it. Sources close to the situation say that Colorado now will play Toledo on Friday, Sept. 11.

But according to Toledo's preliminary schedule, it is slated to play at Purdue, against Boise State, against Ohio State in Cleveland and at Florida International.

Boise State could be the team bumped and face one of the other aforementioned teams.

This may be the most promising lead at the moment. But as everything with FIU showed, nothing is necessarily ever set in stone. Remember, the Fresno State game only came together because Kansas State decided to cancel.