Covering High School Sports in America
The 2012 football season will give the state of Colorado a chance to elevate the perception of its brand of pigskin on a national level.

The most highly anticipated matchup pits Mullen (Denver), the state's most consistent program over the last five seasons, against De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), arguably the country's most consistent program over that same stretch.

The schools are both operated by the Christian Brothers, a commonality that may have helped in the schools' agreement to play. That game will take place Sept. 7, with Mullen making the trek to Northern California.

Another intriguing matchup for the state of Colorado features emerging powerhouse Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) traveling to take on Utah's top program, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), according to Bingham head coach Dave Peck.

Photo by Paul DiSalvo

Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian

Valor Christian, which captured Colorado's Class 4A state title in convincing fashion with a 66-10 victory over Pine Creek, has quickly become a dominant force in Colorado. It has yet to be tested against out of state competition.

Bingham is a perennial power in Utah's largest classification, though it suffered a down year in 2010, losing 42-7 in its lone out of state contest against Orange Lutheran.

While it wouldn't create the same national shockwaves that a Mullen victory over De La Salle would cause, a Valor Christian win against Bingham would still serve the state of Colorado well.