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After rough, twice-daily practices in Fort Collins, the Colorado State University football players have been soaking in ice water, hoping to soothe their aching muscles and joints, writes the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Team coaches are now requiring their players to sit in the cold tubs after every practice, and they’re also taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows them to feed players fresh fruits, nuts, and bagels in the locker room. Meanwhile, the University of Colorado football program is looking for another edge to make their ground attack more effective this year. The Denver Post reports that the Buffaloes will try to run their four versatile running backs behind the human beef wall that is offensive tackles Nate Solder (6-feet-9, 305 pounds) and Bryce Givens (6-feet-6, 275 pounds), and guard Ryan Miller (6-feet-8, 320 pounds). Most of the team’s offensive line was hurt at some point last year, so it was hard to establish the run, which every Madden video gamer knows is the best way to open up the pass. Combine a powerful running game with undersized quarterback Cody Hawkins, and the Buffs just might be onto something. The nuances of the team’s rushing attack and offensive strategies are lost on many student fans, who regularly show up to the games after consuming a fair amount of alcoholic beverages. But this year CU is one of several schools fighting Anheuser-Busch’s plan to market Bud Light cans that come in school colors and are sold near campuses, according to The Wall Street Journal. The schools are afraid the targeted plan will encourage binge drinking. There’s no doubt that black-and-gold Bud Light would sell well around Folsom Field on game days, but who are we kidding? CU football fans, along with a healthy chunk of college football fans across the country, are going to drink copious amounts of just about anything that induces a buzz on game day. Why not let them do it with a little team spirit?

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