Sure seems like they were this year. Colorado plays three neighbors every year ... Denver, and two of Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Air Force or Colorado College. And perhaps by now CSU will be annual. But that still leaves several games to play some teams at least at our level. When I first saw this year's non-conference schedule, I thought it was challenging enough. Marquette is consistently a playoff team, turned out not to be this year. Michigan State was having a great season until they played us, after that it kind of faded. Missouri was always a formidable opponent from our Big-12 years. How would we have done against a difficult schedule? We'll never know. But with a win over Utah, maybe even a tie, we would not be having this conversation. Or a tie with UCLA, a team we did outplay. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, didn't.