Fresno State – Five Stages of Grief
// Sep 15 - 2012 Season
Five Stages of Grief
For those dealing with a loss, the “Five Stages of Grief” has been a mantra for decades.
The Buff Nation has lost its football program, and, in the past month, has had to endure the Five Stages of Grief – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
The rest of the college football was in agreement when it came to the fortunes of the University of Colorado football program.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, predicted the Buffs would finish last in the Pac-12 South. Never mind the fact that, since World War I, Colorado had never finished last alone in conference play. 2012 would be the year the Buffs would occupy their first basement since 1915.
Athlon had the Buffs as only the 84th-best team in the nation. CBSSportsline had the audacity to pick at No. 107. In the Pac-12 media poll gave Colorado a total of 164 points. The team picked to finish last in the Pac-12 North, Oregon State, garnered 205 points. The Buffs were not only the worst team in the Pac-12 South, according to those who followed the Pac-12 for a living.
The Buffs were the worst team in the …
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September 15th - at Fresno Fresno State 69, Colorado 14
Colorado sent their fans scurrying for their remotes, and the media relations office for the record books, as the Buffs were humiliated by Fresno State, 69-14. Colorado fell behind 35-0 in the first quarter, and 55-7 at halftime, as records fell throughout the game … records which Buff fans would have just as soon left in the past.
At the outset, the only record which was known to be at risk was for the hottest game in which Colorado was a participant. The temperature at kickoff was 102-degrees, tying the record for the warmest Buff game on record with a game against Arizona State in Tempe in 2007. The crowd was only 27,513, but the number of Bulldog faithful who will have claimed to be on hand for the massacre will certainly climb as the years go by.
The game started ominously enough, as Fresno State returned the opening kickoff out to the 35-yard line. A three-yard stop on first down by defensive back Parker Orms was negated by a personal foul call on the Buffs. Instead of second-and-13, Fresno State had a first-and-ten near midfield. The Bulldogs then …
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“T.I.P.S.” for Fresno State
Before Colorado hits a wall of ranked teams in the 2012 schedule (the Pac-12 currently has five ranked teams, and the Buffs will face all five of them over a six week period beginning September 29th), the Buffs have two more chances to pick up victories against teams which share with the Buffs, at least on paper, a fairly equal talent base.
Fresno State is up first, with the game on the road Saturday night (6:00 MT kickoff on CBS-SN). The Bulldogs are 1-1 on the season, having taken care of business against a 1-AA team from the Big Sky Conference, Weber State (37-10), before falling on the road to No. 4 Oregon, 42-25.
Two weeks ago, many Buff fans looked at the Fresno State game as an opportunity to pick up a rare road victory, and a chance to build some momentum heading into Pac-12 play. Now, after two mind-numbing losses to Colorado State and Sacramento State, there are only few Buff faithful who give Colorado even a fighting chance at victory (in the latest CU at the Game poll, only 25% of the respondents are predicting a Buff victory).
What a difference two …
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Colorado Daily – Fresno State
Will Pericak moves from defensive tackle to defensive end. Solid move, or act of desperation?
Senior defensive lineman Will Pericak was supposed to be the one sure thing along the CU defensive line. There was hope that juniors Nate Bonsu and Chidera Uzo-Diribe would be more productive, to be sure, but it was Pericak which was to lead a unit which was devoid of depth … leading to nine defensive linemen joining the team on Signing Day in February.
Pericak led the team in consecutive starts coming into the season, with 37, and was mentioned on several pre-season All-Pac-12 teams.
So, two weeks into the season, it’s going so well for Pericak … that he is changing positions.
From cubuffs.com … A defensive tackle/nose tackle for most of his football career at Colorado, senior Will Pericak now is primarily a defensive end. He’s played the position sporadically over the past three years, but now it appears he’ll finish out his career on the outside.
“As of right now,” Pericak said, “it’s permanent . . . I’ve always played some out there, I’ve just never been featured there.”
Of course, things can change by …
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