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BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau attempted to somewhat downplay the significance of facing Washington State this weekend.Thats just difficult to do.Its just another game, Liufau said, that Id like to treat as a championship game.Because it really is that big.Very few predicted No. 12 Colorado and No. 20 Washington State would be leading their respective Pac-12 divisions this late into the season. The Buffaloes (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 10 CFP) were picked last in the South in a preseason poll and the Cougars (8-2, 7-0 Pac-12, No. 22 CFP ) tabbed to finish fourth in the North.And yet they meet Saturday with both in line to make the leagues title game.How many times in life do you get to do something that nobody thinks you can do? Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. Its a pretty neat situation, I would say.No jitters, either. Not this crew. Not after turning around a downtrodden program and becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.I dont get those (nerves) anymore because Im prepared enough and confident enough in my ability, Colorado safety Ryan Moeller said. Were practicing every week for a test. Youre studying every day, just like you would in school.So when it comes time to take the test, you see questions on the test and youre like, `I know that. Its easy, almost second nature. And thats how it is for us out there.Like Colorado, the transformation of the Cougars has been a captivating story. Theyre trying to win nine straight for the first time since 1930.To think, these two teams had a grand total of two conference wins -- both by the Cougars -- between them two years ago.Coug fans are always great, whether youre down or whether youre up, said quarterback Luke Falk, who was knocked out of the Colorado game last season in the third quarter after a hit. The vibe is just lively.Washington State coach Mike Leach has kept a partial eye on the rise of the Buffaloes. Hes been impressed, especially since this is basically the same squad that went 4-9 a season ago.They are playing harder and more cohesive, Leach said. They dont break out a bunch of bells and whistles and try to outsmart you. They are really sound.Here are things to know before Washington State and Colorado clash in a contest with huge conference implications:HEADS OR TAILS: The Buffaloes are 9-1 this season on the opening coin toss. Thats partly due to Liufau, who always picks tails when hes calling it.Tails never fails, Liufau said.On the flip side, Washington State has an intriguing coin-toss tale as well -- running back Jamal Morrow once appeared as a contestant on The Price is Right. Given that, Leach figured it would be good luck to have him out there for the coin toss. Morrow has been one of the captains for the last 19 games and the Cougars have gone 15-4. The team said Morrow is 7-1 calling the toss.KEEPING THEM HONEST: No longer is Washington State just a fling-it-all-over-the-field offense. The Cougars have a bona fide ground game thats scored 22 rushing TDs this season, which is the most since 1997.People have to play us balanced this year, because of the run threat, Falk said. Its really great this year to lean on that at times.MISSING WEAPON: There are reports that Cougars standout receiver River Cracraft tore his ACL against California last week and is done for the season. Leach wouldnt confirm anything, simply saying, we dont comment on any injuries. Hes a great player and still part of our team.Cracraft has caught 53 passes for 701 yards and five touchdowns this season.OFFENSIVE NUMBERS: Washington State averages 517.5 yards in total offense this season. Colorados defense allows just 308.4 yards per game.Statistically, theyre the best weve faced, Cougars receiver Gabe Marks said. Theyve got some athletes out there.LIUFAUS LEGACY: With one more passing TD, Liufau will tie Cody Hawkins (60, 2007-10) for most in a career at Colorado. Liufau has already set or tied 84 school marks.The guys rally around him, Falk said of Liufau. Hes part of turning the program around.---Associated Press Writer Nicholas K. Geranios in Washington contributed to this story.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 . Brandon Phillips Jersey . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Martin Maldonado Jersey .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. http://www.angelsteamshop.com/Angels-Zack-Cozart-Kids-Jersey/ . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Cameron Maybin Jersey . 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A stronger Gary Ablett will be unveiled in the 2017 AFL pre-season after the Gold Coast captain successfully underwent shoulder surgery.But 2013 Rising Star winner Jaeger OMearas Suns return has been further delayed due to his troublesome knee.Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said Wednesdays surgery ensured a new and improved Ablett would run out in the pre-season.That surgery gives him more strength around the shoulder, he said of the dual Brownlow Medallist.He will be able to have a quicker recovery from it.He will be able to run in a couple of months and the pre-season hasnt even started then.You would think at this stage he would be right for NAB Cup.Ablett is expected to return to full contact at training within four months.He underwent a procedure that attached a screw to his shoulder to limit the threat of dislocation.Ablett opted for the more invasive operation after undergoing keyhole surgery when he initially dislocated his left shoulder in 2014.Meanwhile, Eade admitted timme was running out for OMeara to play AFL footy again this year after he was sidelined for another week with knee soreness.dddddddddddde has not played since running around for a couple of quarters for the Suns reserves two weeks ago.Overall, off-contract OMeara has played just a handful of quarters for the reserves since suffering a ruptured patella in a 2015 practice match.Asked if OMeara would play AFL this year, Eade said: Were running out of games.Hopefully he can get back next week and that gives him a couple of weeks to play senior footy at the end.The main thing is with his health and his knee, to get that right.In utopia, wed like him to play.But were not a chance to play finals...so theres no need to force him at this stage.The 15th-placed Suns - still buzzing from a rare last round win over Fremantle - tackle Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday. 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