Michigan and Colorado have only played four times. The Wolverines have won three, and two have been blowouts. But Colorado's lone win turned out to be one of college football's most memorable games of the 1990s.
Twenty-two years ago this month, quarterback Kordell Stewart and his Buffaloes went to Ann Arbor and beat Michigan on a stunning Hail Mary, 27-26. The "Miracle at Michigan," it's been called. It was pretty cool.
Because the Buffs aren't scared, they're wearing the same uniform combination this week that they wore for the Hail Mary game. They're also poking a delightful bit of fun at Jim Harbaugh's penchant for roster secrecy, releasing a two-deep depth chart this week that includes Eric Cartman at left tackle, Stewie Griffin at weak-side safety and Willie Wonka at backup holder. That kind of thing. The Buffs insist no hard feelings are meant.
Now ranked No. 4 nationally, Michigan is likely to win this game, but the Buffs have been good and tons of fun so far this season. It's not inconceivable that they could pull off an upset, and it might be downright likely they at least make this worth watching.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network. The broadcasters are Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline).
Online streaming: BTN2Go
Spread: Michigan opened as a 14-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. Colorado's been really good. The Buffs' first two games: a 44-7 win against rival Colorado State and a 56-7 win against FCS Idaho State. The latter's just taking care of business, but the former was particularly impressive – a thorough dismantling of a decent Mountain West team that could yet challenge for bowl eligibility. It's not an earth-shattering win, but Colorado's been really efficient (its 61 percent success rate leads the FBS), and its passing stats have been great on both sides of the ball.
2. Michigan's played a nothing non-conference schedule to this point. The Wolverines have blown out Hawaii and Central Florida in their first two games. Colorado didn't figure to be a drastically different sort of opponent, but that looks different now. If Michigan's going to get any kind of test before Big Ten play begins, this will be it. At least there's some chance of that happening on Saturday.
3. Wilton Speight's settling in. The upside of playing a soft non-conference schedule is that Michigan's had ample opportunities to break in its new starting quarterback. Speight's been sharp, and he was the Big Ten's offensive player of the week when he went 25-of-37 for 312 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Knights. Colorado's pass defense has been brilliant so far, so this is probably a stepped-up degree of difficulty.