// Jan 31 - 2012 Season
Fall Camp Notes
Colorado State ticket sales “not brisk”
From the Loveland Reporter-Herald … Colorado State fans are obviously not flocking to the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver on Saturday.
As of Wednesday, Colorado State had sold only 17,423 of their allotted 33,750 tickets for the game. Of that figure, 5,038 are season-ticket holders and 5,100 have gone to students, including seats set aside (and paid for by the university) for the pep band. The breakdown is 7,258 single-game tickets sold for the event which has seen shrinking crowds lately.
It’s not something coaches concern themselves with, though Colorado State coach Jim McElwain joked he was thinking of being shot out of a cannon. Bottom line to him, he said it is up to both programs to make it a must-see game.
“I haven’t even thought about it. I think it’s our responsibility, as I’ve said, to make it a big deal,” McElwain said. “I think they’re building to great things there. Coach (Jon) Embree’s a hell of a coach, and he’ll get things going right there, and we’ll get things going here.”
In contrast, Colorado, the host school this year, was allotted 41,250 tickets for the game, …
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Two Buff fans square off in a debate over CU Football, 2012
I would like for you to meet two long-time friends and fellow CU Buff fans.
Kool-Aid Drinker (hereinafter referred to as “KAD”) looks at the CU glass as being half full, and he has been more than willing to gulp down the Kool-Aid of optimism about the 2012 season.
Reality Check Al (“RCA”), meanwhile, has been made cynical by six straight losing seasons, and sees himself as being far more honest about the Buffs’ chances at a bowl game in Jon Embree’s second season. His glass is half empty, and he’s not buying into KAD’s bowl-eligibility scenarios for CU.
The two friends were watching pre-season NFL football at a sports bar the other night. By the middle of the third quarter, both NFL squads on the big screen were playing third-stringers neither KAD nor RCA had ever heard of. The next TV over was showing a Colorado Rockies’ game, with the Rockies well on their way to another loss. With nothing worth watching on television, the Buff fans’ conversation, inevitably, switched to thoughts on the upcoming CU season …
KAD – “I am sooo excited about this season. …
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Pac-12 Fall Camp Notes
David Bakhtiari makes ESPN All-Pac-12 team
The ESPN preseason All-Pac-12 team is 25 players strong, with 14 of those players coming from USC and Oregon.
Colorado does have a representative on the list, junior left tackle David Bakhtiari.
Of the 11 players not wearing the uniforms of USC or Oregon, five are from Stanford, leaving the remaining nine teams in the league six spots. Washington, Oregon State, Cal, Washington State, Utah and Colorado all had one player named, while Arizona State, UCLA, and Arizona were shut out.
The Pac-12 – if this pre-season list proves accurate – is not a very well balanced league. USC and Oregon are both in the top five nationally, while Stanford rates a top 20 ranking in the polls.
The rest of the league? It’s up for grabs …
Cecil Whiteside will not play for Cal this fall
For those who follow CU recruiting, the name Cecil Whiteside will sound familiar. Whiteside was a 6’3″, 220-pound linebacker who was a four-star member of the recruiting Class of 2010. Whiteside took an official visit to Boulder in October, 2009, for the Buffs’ 34-30 upset win over No. 17 Kansas. …
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Fall Camp Quotes
Jon Embree’s post-practice quotes
On the first back to come in after Tony Jones … “I don’t know who the first guy is … It’ll be Macolm Creer, Donta Abron will be the guys … Josh Ford … some combination of that. We really haven’t sat down and established a scenario like, ‘Who’s the next guy in’. I’m sure Eric (Bieniemy) has an idea, and would probably be able to answer that a little better.”
On whether he is happy with the depth at running back … “I am. I am. And you can throw D.D. Goodson in there as well. I feel like the different skill set that each of those guys has, I feel like that gives us a lot of flexibility, and those guys have had good camps, doing a good job of running and being physical on their runs. Sometimes, you get those young guys, and every time they want to score, when a four yard run is a good run. Donta, and to a lesser extent Terrence (Crowder) understands that.”
On whether sophomore Kyle Slavin will be in the mix at tight end … “Yeah. Kyle is doing well. He’s …
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Colorado Daily – August
Colorado selling twice as many tickets to RMS
And yet, there is still no discussion about moving the game back to campus sites …
The numbers don’t lie – the Rocky Mountain Showdown has lost its luster.
From the Daily Camera … Attendance at the Rocky Mountain Showdown fell below 60,000 last year for the first time in the 11 games played in the 76,125-seat stadium. Two years ago, the programs attracted just short of 61,000 fans.
The schools provided ticket sales numbers for the game over the past 10 years to the Camera. CSU hasn’t reached 30,000 in ticket sales in any of the past four games played in Denver, and sales for the Rams fell sharply in 2010 when they reported selling approximately 22,400 tickets and 2011 when they dropped to just 17,000. Colorado sold 33,722 in 2010 and 36,897 last year.
There is a clause in the contract with the Denver Metro Sports Commission that would allow the schools out of the contract after the 2014 game is the DMSC does not average $250,000 in net revenues for the sponsorships for the game from 2011-2014. The DMSC can opt out at …
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Colorado 2012 – “Utah Lite”?
Ask almost any Buff fan about the University of Utah, and the first response is almost universal: Colorado and Utah are not rivals.
Buff fans know both end of the debate.
Colorado State looks upon Colorado as its main rival, while Buff fans look down upon the Rams and their fans with disdain.
Colorado, meanwhile, always looked upon Nebraska as being the Buffs’ main rival, while Cornhusker fans looked down upon the Buffs and their fans with … well, disdain.
The move to the Pac-12 left Buff fans looking for a new rival. The old Pac-10 members already had their rivals neatly in place: Washington State/Washington; Oregon State/Oregon; Cal/Stanford; USC/UCLA; and Arizona State/Arizona all formed a clean set of rivalries. This left the Buffs and their fans with a forced marriage – and rivalry - with fellow newcomer Utah.
Despite the fact that Utah was bringing with it much more momentum to the new Pac-12 than did Colorado, Buff fans were – and continue to be – reluctant to tab the Thanksgiving weekend game against the Utes as a rivalry game. After all, even with its recent success, the Utah was still a Mountain West …
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UCLA, Utah win big in their openers; Washington State, Sacramento State lose big in theirs
Washington State … The most interesting game of the night, at least as far as the Pac-12 was concerned, was the matchup between BYU and Washington State. Sure, the game was in Provo, and the BYU Cougars were coming off of a 10-3 season; the Washington State Cougars coming off of a 4-8 campaign.
Still, Washington State had its new head coach, Mike Leach. The offensive genius inherited a team which was already prolific – 9th in the nation in passing offense in 2011; 33rd in total offense.
So, what happened?
Splat. BYU won, 30-6, with a game not as close as the score indicated. A Mike Leach coached team failed to score a touchdown for only the third time ever, and for the first time since 2006.
From ESPN … New Washington State coach Mike Leach says his team is closer to playing well than his players might think. He says it’s just a matter of eliminating the bad, being a bit more consistent with the good and remaining confident.
“We’ve got to be a mentally tougher team,” Leach said …
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Opposition Research – A look at the Buffs’ opponents for 2012
The First Three Games … Colorado’s non-conference opponents …
For the first time in over a decade, Colorado plays a non-conference schedule which does not include a BCS conference opponent. With a late October stretch which includes consecutive games on the road against national title contenders USC and Oregon, if the Buffs are to make a run for a bowl appearance in 2012, a fast start is a must.
Colorado has not swept its non-conference opposition since 2004, when the Buffs took out Colorado State, Washington State, and North Texas on its way to a Big 12 North title.
How will Colorado fare this September against Colorado State, Sacramento State, and Fresno State?
Let’s take a look …
Colorado State – September 1st – Denver
Looking back… Colorado State comes into the 2012 season opener against Colorado riding an eight game losing streak. The Rams turned a promising 3-1 start to the 2011 season (with the lone loss coming in a 28-14 setback against Colorado) into a 3-9 disaster. One ray of hope - in five of the nine losses, the Rams were within one …
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