Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said he has seen a "hungry" look in the faces of his players in two practices this week after the Buffs started the season with the thud against Colorado State, losing last Friday 31-17 in Denver.

"You build up for the first game and it doesn't go exactly like you want in the second half so of course they're down," MacIntyre said Tuesday during his weekly luncheon. "But they practiced really well (Monday) and really well today. They've been very, very focused. Hopefully we'll keep making improvement."

The Buffs travel to Massachusetts for their second game of the season Saturday (1 p.m., ESPN3). It is the longest road trip in CU history on the mainland and is the first time the Buffs will play in the Northeast since winning at Army in 1977.
CU quarterback Sefo Liufau during the Buffs’ season-opening loss to CSU on Friday, Aug. 29.
CU quarterback Sefo Liufau during the Buffs' season-opening loss to CSU on Friday, Aug. 29. (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera)
The Buffs are a 17-point favorite.

UMass brought back coach Mark Whipple in the offseason. He had been the coach of the Minutemen previously until 2003.

"They're a team that is really, really improving," MacIntyre said.

CU quarterback Sefo Liufau and defensive end Derek McCartney joined MacIntyre at the luncheon and said they are eager to put the CSU loss behind them and earn a win on the road.

"Honestly we're just excited to play again," McCartney said. "We're just fired up after the loss. We just want to get going again,"

We'll have more from the Buffs' luncheon and preparations for the Minutemen later today.

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