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November 17th

… CU in a few minutes …

Phillip Lindsay third-ever Buff to be named a Doak Walker Award semi-finalist

Note … Four of the 11 semi-finalists are from the Pac-12 …

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Senior tailback Phillip Lindsay was named Friday as one of 11 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented to the nation’s top running back.

Lindsay joins Rashaan Salaam, who won the award in 1994, and Chris Brown, who was the runner-up in 2002, as the third Buffalo to advance to semifinalist status for the Doak, which was first presented in 1990.

A 5-8, 190-pounder from Denver South High School, he has been among the nation’s rushing leaders all season, currently fourth in total yards (1,402), ninth in per game average (127.5) and 12th in rushing touchdowns (13).  He’s also 12th in all-purpose yards per game (149.6) and 35th in scoring (84 points).

“It means a lot to me, it’s a tremendous honor to represent my state, my team and the University of Colorado,” Lindsay said.  “But as I’ve always said, it’s really not about me, it’s about my teammates.  The offensive linemen up front, the receivers getting down the field throwing blocks.  It’s certainly a privilege to be semifinalist considering all the great running backs in college football.”  It is especially significant since Lindsay tore his ACL in the first game of his senior year and went virtually unrecruited at that point on, but CU had offered him a scholarship and did not pull the offer.

Salaam led the nation in rushing with 2,055 yards, just the fourth player at the time to eclipse 2,000 yards and doing so in the-then 11 game season; Brown led the nation most of the 2002 season before suffering a sprained ankle but still finished third nationally with 1,744 yards despite missing the better part of three games at the end of the year.

“It’s a humbling experience to join those two (Salaam and Brown) as semifinalists who advanced from CU,” Lindsay added.  “Those were two great running backs, and there are many others who could have or should have contended for it, like Eric Bieniemy and J.J. Flannigan.”

Lindsay’s 1,402 yards are the fourth-most in a single season at Colorado, and he recently moved into second place on the Buffs’ all-time rushing list with 3,635 yards.  Earlier in the season, he assumed CU’s top spot in all-purpose yards (5,675) and yards from scrimmage (4,598); he’s also fifth in scoring with 228 points.  He has caught more passes (109) than any other Colorado running back in history, and for the second-most yard (962); he needs eight to become the all-time leader and 38 to become CU’s first-ever 1,000-yard rusher and receiver.

“‘Phil is an excellent all-around back,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said.  “He does everything you ask a running back to do and more.  He is a very good blocker, catches the ball phenomenally out of the backfield, and he’s obviously an excellent runner.  He has more carries than anyone in college football this season, and that shows how durable he has been.  And in addition to what he does on the field, he’s also a phenomenal leader.”

Other semifinalists include three other seniors, Royce Freeman (Oregon) and Rashaad Penny (San Diego State); five juniors, Josh Adams (Notre Dame), Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Kerryon Johnson (Auburn), Ronald Jones (USC) and Bryce Love (Stanford); two sophomores, Justice Hill (Oklahoma State) and Devin Singletary (Florida Atlantic); and one freshman, Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin).  The Pac-12 Conference has four of the 11 semifinalists, and has had five of the previous 26 winners.

Three finalists for the award will be named this Tuesday, Nov. 21, as members of the award’s national selection committee will cast their votes after this weekend’s games.  The 2017 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7 on ESPN.

Lindsay has set 20 school records and tied two others (indicated by an asterisk) heading into his final regular season game:

Most Rushing Attempts, Quarter—14, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (80 yards)
Most Rushing Attempts, Game—41, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (281 yards)
Most Rushing Attempts, Game—41, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (281 yards)
Most Rushing Attempts, Game/Senior—41, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (281 yards)
Most Rushing Yards Gained Against One Opponent—605, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona (114 in 2014; 91 in 2015, 119 in 2016, 281 in 2017)
*Most 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons—2, Phillip Lindsay, 2016 (1,189) & 2017 (1,402)                                                                           
Most Consecutive 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons—2, Phillip Lindsay, 2016 (1,189) & 2017 (1,402)
Most Receptions By A Running Back, Game—11 (for 76 yards), Phillip Lindsay vs. UCLA in Boulder, Nov. 3, 2016
Most Receptions By A Running Back, Season—47 (for 390 yards), Phillip Lindsay, 2016
Most Receptions By A Running Back, Career—109 (for 963 yards), Phillip Lindsay, 2014-17
Most All-Purpose Plays, Half—24 for 136 yards), Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (first half: 22 rushing, 2 receiving)
Most All-Purpose Plays, Game—44 (for 320 yards), Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (41 rushing, 3 receiving)
Most All-Purpose Yards, Career—5,675, Phillip Lindsay, 2014-17 (3,635 rushing, 963 receiving, 1,077 return)
Most All-Purpose Yards, Game/Senior—320, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (281 rushing, 39 receiving)
Most Yards Gained From Scrimmage, Game/RS Freshman—207, Phillip Lindsay at Oregon, Nov. 22, 2014 (142 return, 49 rush, 26 receiving)
Most Yards Gained From Scrimmage, Game/Senior—320, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (281 rushing, 39 receiving)
Most Yards Gained From Scrimmage, Season/Redshirt Freshman—1,358, Phillip Lindsay, 2014 (849 return, 391 rush, 118 receiving).
Most Yards Gained From Scrimmage, Career—4,598, Phillip Lindsay, 2014-17 (3,635 rushing, 963 receiving)
*Most First Downs Earned, Game, Non-Quarterback—17, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017 (16 rushing, 1 receiving)               
Most First Downs Earned, Career, Non-Quarterback—230, Phillip Lindsay, 2014-17 (191 rushing, 39 receiving)
Most First Downs Earned Rushing, Game—16, Phillip Lindsay vs. Arizona in Boulder, Oct. 7, 2017
Most First Downs Earned Rushing, Career—191, Phillip Lindsay, 2017

ABOUT DOAK WALKER: The Award is named after three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker, who eventually moved to Steamboat Springs after marrying Olympic skier Skeeter Werner, the younger sister of CU Olympian Buddy Werner.   Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and led the league in scoring his rookie year. During his six years with the Lions, he led the team to two NFL championships and was chosen All-Pro four times.  Walker is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.   He died at the age of 71 in Steamboat after being paralyzed earlier in the year in a skiing accident.

Neill Woelk – Late season review: Offense

Related … “Late season review: Defense and Special Teams” … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … Bye weeks are usually a good time to provide a midseason assessment of a team’s progress while keeping one eye on the remainder of the season.

But because the Colorado Buffaloes’ bye week has arrived so late in the season — CU has just one regular season game remaining — we’ll adjust the format slightly by taking a look at what we’ve seen this year, and in some instances what that might mean for 2018.

Today, the offense:

Overview: When the season began, hopes were high for the Colorado offense. The group featured returning starters at four of the five line positions, all four wide receivers and running back. The only two “newcomers” were quarterback Steven Montez and center Jonathan Huckins, both of whom had starting experience under the belts.

But … sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned. The O-line struggled to find consistency and the connection between Montez and the receivers wasn’t as seamless as most (including the coaching staff) thought it would be.

Thus, the numbers didn’t quite hit the preseason projections, even though in many categories, CU’s overall numbers are better than those of 2016.

Continue reading unit-by-unit reviews here

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November 16th

… CU in a few minutes …

CU announces 2018 Football schedule

From CUBuffs.com …

Date                Opponent                                  Site

Sept.       1        Colorado State                                Denver

Sept.       8        at Nebraska                                       Lincoln

SEPT.    15        NEW HAMPSHIRE                      BOULDER

Sept.     22        —BYE—

SEPT.    28        (Fri.) *UCLA                                 BOULDER

OCT.        6        *ARIZONA STATE (FW)            BOULDER

Oct.       13        *at Southern California        Los Angeles

Oct.       20        *at Washington                               Seattle

OCT.     27        *OREGON STATE (HC)             BOULDER

Nov.        2        (Fri.) *at Arizona                             Tucson

NOV.    10        *WASHINGTON STATE         BOULDER

NOV.    17        *UTAH                                BOULDER

Nov.      24        *at California                                 Berkeley

Nov.      30        Pac-12 Championship Game Santa Clara

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The Pac-12 Conference released its schedule for conference football games for the 2018 season Thursday, with University of Colorado set to play two Friday night games along with ending the regular season for the first time on the west coast since 1915.

Colorado will once again open the season against Colorado State in Denver in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field on Saturday, Sept. 1.  CSU is the home team this time around, as the Rams have been the season opening opponent for the Buffaloes 20 times since the rivalry resumed after a 25-year dormancy in 1983.

Speaking of dormancies, CU and Nebraska will resume their rivalry the following Saturday (Sept. 8) in Lincoln; the two have played 69 times in their histories beginning in 1898, with 63 of the meetings coming as members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences from 1948 through 2010. The Buffaloes then departed to join the then-Pacific 10 Conference, while the Cornhuskers left to join the Big Ten.  Nebraska is the first former Big 12 school to appear on CU’s non-conference schedule, though the Buffs did square off against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl last December.

The Buffaloes will then have their home opener at Folsom Field against New Hampshire on Saturday, Sept. 15, the first-ever meeting between the two schools.  A member of the Colonial Athletic Association, the Wildcats are currently ranked No. 14 in the FCS Coaches poll.  CU will then have a bye the following Saturday (Sept. 22), ahead of its conference opener against UCLA in Boulder on Friday night, Sept. 28.  It’s just the second scheduled bye prior to a league lid-lifter since 2004, though the 2013 floods in Boulder would give the Buffs two weeks off.

As was the case this year, four of the Buffaloes’ first five games in 2018 will be in the state of Colorado, as Arizona State visits Folsom Field the next Saturday (Oct. 6) in what will be the centerpiece of CU’s annual Family Weekend.   CU then hits the Pac-12 road for back-to-back games at Southern California (Oct. 13) and Washington (Oct. 20) before closing out the month at home against Oregon State (Oct. 27), which will serve as CU’s annual homecoming game.

The Buffaloes open November on a Friday night in the desert, as they will travel to Arizona (Nov. 2).  The next two on the docket are in Boulder, against Washington State (Nov. 10) and Utah (Nov. 17).   Colorado will finish the regular season on the road at California on Nov. 24, just the second time in school history the final scheduled game of the year will be on the west coast (not including last year’s Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara, Calif.); CU wrapped up its 1915 season at Washington.

(In the first seven years as members of the Pac-12, CU and Utah finished the year against each other, but the Utes will host BYU that day to counter USC hosting Notre Dame, enabling all 12 schools to finish on the same weekend and enjoy a regular season bye.)

“There’s much to like about this schedule,” CU athletic director Rick George said.  “What stands out is the resumption of the Nebraska rivalry, the Friday night home game against UCLA, finishing the Pac-12 schedule in California and having the bye week fall at what is really the perfect time before conference play.”

Television game selections and start times for the first three weeks of the season will be known by June 1, with all remaining games from Sept. 22 through the final week of the regular season to be made 12- or six-days in advance per contractual agreements with the Pac-12’s television partners, ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks.

 

Neill Woelk grades CU’s defensive performance

From CUBuffs.com … Bye weeks are usually a good time to provide a midseason assessment of a team’s progress while keeping one eye on the remainder of the season.

But because the Colorado Buffaloes’ bye week has arrived so late in the season — CU has just one regular season game remaining — we’ll adjust the format slightly by taking a look at what we’ve seen this year, and in some instances what that might mean for 2018.

Today, the defense:

Overview: Simple math suggested the Buffs’ defense was going to have to take a step back. Colorado entered the season with three new defensive coaches, including coordinator D.J. Eliot; and the Buffs were also tasked with the chore of replacing eight starters from last year’s defense (including four NFL draft choices).

That math has added up to an up-and-down season that included holding rival Colorado State to three points in the opener, a good effort at UCLA, and flashes of solid play at several other junctures. But, there were also plenty of long afternoons (and evenings).

Still, heading into the last two weeks of the season, the Buffs are sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring defense and eighth in overall defense (yards per game) — not a bad spot for a group with so much turnover.

Continue reading unit-by-unit review here

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November 15th

… CU in a few minutes …

Mike MacIntyre post-practice talk with media (Wed.)

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com

 

Despite losing three seniors, CU offensive line has a bright future

From the Daily Camera … After this season, the Buffs will lose three starting offensive linemen to graduation: left tackle Jeromy Irwin, left guard Gerrad Kough and center Jonathan Huckins.

Despite losing that group, the Buffs are excited about their future up front. The 2017 recruiting class included the best group of linemen signed by CU in years.

“I think there’s definitely a lot of ability,” line coach Klayton Adams said. “We’ll have to go through an offseason to really know.”

That group includes Colby Pursell, who traveled with the team most of the season as an emergency option at center. The fact that he traveled “speaks a lot to his maturity, physically and mentally,” Adams said.

Throughout the season, the Buffs have also seen good things in practice from freshmen Chance Lytle, Heston Paige, Grant Polley and William Sherman. They’re expected to add grayshirt Casey Roddick in January.

In addition, true freshman Jake Moretti hopes to be healthy in time for spring drills. After missing his senior year at Pomona High School with a knee injury, Moretti arrived at CU in January, but missed spring drills and has not practiced this fall.

“There’s definitely a large group of guys there that we’re excited to develop, but we have to go through an offseason and see what they do in spring ball and see what they do in winter conditioning and see how their bodies change, see how they adapt to the offense, see how they grow fundamentally,” Adams said.

Continue reading story here

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November 14th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Bye Week gives Buffs a chance to heal; focus

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s football season has come down to one game.

Win it, and the Buffaloes will play in December. Lose it, and they’ll go home.

With so much on the line in that Nov. 25 trip to Salt Lake City, it may wind up being beneficial for the Buffs to have two weeks to get ready.

“It will because it’s going to help us heal our bodies, it’s going to help us get a good look at Utah, get ahead of them,” running back Phillip Lindsay said. “They have to go and play next week while we’re on our bye week. I feel like it’s going to be in our favor for us and we just have to go in there and execute.”

Given the choice, most of the Buffs would have preferred to have a bye in the middle of the season. Yet, considering how this season has played out, this could be the perfect time for the bye.

Following Saturday’s 38-24 loss to No. 12 Southern California, the Buffs (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) need to beat Utah (5-5, 2-5) in the regular-season finale to achieve bowl eligibility for the second year in a row.

The Buffs are not only reeling after consecutive losses, but they’re banged up, too.

Continue reading story here

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November 13th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Colorado at Utah – another late night

From the Pac-12 … The Colorado regular season finale against Utah will kickoff at 8:00 p.m., MT, next Saturday, November 25th. The game will be televised by FS1.

Other Pac-12 games Thanksgiving weekend:

— Cal at UCLA – Friday, Nov. 24th, 8:30 p.m., FS1

— Arizona at Arizona State – Saturday, Nov. 25th, 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

— Oregon State at Oregon – TBA

— Washington State at Washington – TBA

— Notre Dame at Stanford – TBA

Neill Woelk’s Ten Takeaways from the USC game

From CUBuffs.com … With one regular season game remaining and the possibility of a bowl game hanging in the balance, the Colorado Buffaloes have an extra week to prepare for the  decisive Nov. 25 game at Utah.

That extra time will come in handy for coaches and players as they prepare for what could possibly be a “playoff” game of sorts. If Utah loses at Washington next weekend, it means the Buffs and Utes will enter the final game with identical 5-6 overall and 2-6 Pac-12 marks.

The winner will play in a bowl game; the loser will be home for the holidays — and also finish last in the Pac-12 South.

So, with a few extra days to wait for the next game, we’ll take our weekly look back. What did we learn from Saturday’s 38-24 loss to USC at Folsom Field?

Continue reading story here

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November 12th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

... Only tangentially significant to Buff fans, as Jones was, at least for a few days, appearing to be heading to Boulder to coach Colorado five years ago …

From ESPN … Tennessee, winless this season in SEC play, has fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones with two games left in the regular season.

“Unfortunately, we are not where we need to be competitively,” Tennessee athletic director John Currie said Sunday in a statement. “For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down.”

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as the Volunteers’ interim head coach.

On Saturday, Tennessee was blown out 50-17 at Missouri, the Vols’ fifth loss in their past six games. Two weeks ago, they lost at Kentucky, marking only their second loss to the Wildcats in the past 33 years.

Currie said in the statement that an “exhaustive search is underway” for the Vols’ next coach, who will be Tennessee’s fifth head coach in the past 11 years. That’s after Tennessee went 32 years with just two head coaches: John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.

Jones guided Tennessee to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016 but was just 3-9 in his past 12 SEC games dating back to last season. His overall record at Tennessee was 34-27.

Continue reading story here

USC now the highest ranked Pac-12 team

From CBS Sports … The Pac-12 once again has four teams in the polls, with Stanford reappearing after a one week absence. USC’s 38-24 win over Colorado was worth three spots, as the Trojans moved up to No. 12. Washington State, 33-25 winners over Utah, is now the highest-ranked Pac-12 North team, in at No. 15, while Washington dropped to No. 16.

Stanford re-entered the poll after defeating Washington Friday night, currently ranked No. 20. Arizona, 49-28 winners over Oregon State, is lurking just outside the poll, in at No. 28.

Associated Press poll:

1. Alabama
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Oklahoma
4. Clemson
5. Wisconsin
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10. Oklahoma State
11. TCU
12. Southern California … +3
13. Penn State
14. UCF
15. Washington State … +4
16. Washington … -7
17. Mississippi State
18. Memphis
19. Michigan
20. Stanford … +9
21. LSU
22. Michigan State
23. South Florida
24. West Virginia
25. NC State

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech (7-3) 110; Northwestern (7-3) 72; Arizona (7-3) 49; Iowa State (6-4) 27; Georgia Tech (5-4) 6; Boise State (8-2) 6; Army West Point (8-2) 3; Iowa (6-4) 2; South Carolina (7-3) 2

USA Today coaches poll:

1. Alabama
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Clemson
4. Wisconsin
5. Oklahoma
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10. Southern California
11. Penn State
12. UCF
13. Oklahoma State
14. TCU
15. Washington
16. Washington State
17. Memphis
18. Michigan
19. Mississippi State
20. South Florida
21. LSU
22. NC State
23. Stanford
24. Michigan State
25. West Virginia

Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech (7-3) 94; Northwestern (7-3) 67; Arizona (7-3) 54; Boise State (8-2) 40; South Carolina (7-3) 33; Iowa (6-4) 16; Kentucky (7-3) 16; Army West Point (8-2) 14; San Diego State (8-2) 11; Iowa State (6-4) 9; Troy (8-2) 5; Ohio (8-2) 2

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11 Responses to “Colorado Daily – Utah”

  1. VK Berlin

    Sept. 1 Colorado State…….Win

    Sept. 8 at Nebraska……Toss Up…..Kornkob new coach….Just win baby

    SEPT. 15 NEW HAMPSHIRE….Win

    Sept. 22 —BYE—

    SEPT. 28(Fri.) *UCLA….Win after the Bye. Buffs will be in payback mode

    OCT. 6 *ARIZONA STATE (FW) Win….extra day….payback

    Oct. 13 *at Southern California Loss. Unless the Buffs have a new OC

    Oct.20 *at Washington Loss. No chance

    OCT. 27 *OREGON STATE (HC) BOULDER
    Well let us take a look at that schedule for next year.

    Nov. 2 (Fri.) *at Arizona Win The Buffs will be rolling

    NOV.10 *WASHINGTON STATE Win Big time upset cause the Buffs are real

    NOV 17 *UTAH Win Utes will look payback cause of next week Sorry

    Nov.24 *at California Win because they can.

    Non con…..2-1
    Con………7-2

    New Generation of Buffs.

    Uh Oh Buffalo

    Note: Hopefully a new generation of offense coaches as well.

  2. Chirality

    That schedule kinda makes me sad, mostly because of the Utah game being a week earlier.

    Damn you USC and your wonky scheduling vs Notre Dame. Doesn’t really help the “rivalry” for CU-Utah to be the penultimate game, and then have Utah play their REAL rivalry for the final game, does it?

    Buffs have Washington, Wazzu, Oregon State, Cal once again. At USC and Washington.

  3. VK Berlin

    SoBrian Howell pointed out that there are 20 spots available for bowl games and 19 teams that can become eligible with a win.

    Hmmmmmm that means there will be 1 spot left for a bowl game that a “non-eligible” team can get in. Like the kornkobs did last year.

    SO YOUR’E SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?

    Uh Oh there a bowl chance for the Mighty Buffalo

  4. cjbuffco

    It’s nice to see the optimism. I share it for next year when thinking about some of the young talent coming back. Recruiting has been better and will pay dividends. Some of the players who have the knack of making plays should be on the field more in this upcoming game, both from a play making standpoint and also from a creative, non-predictable game planning perspective that will make it harder to defend the Buffs. I understand wanting to be loyal to the seniors. But getting a win versus Utah, even if some of the younger guys take (and make) some more of the plays, and getting to a bowl would be the best gift to the seniors who certainly do not want to go out with a losing season and finishing in last place in the Pac 12 South. I’m neutral about Buffs chances against Utah at this point. There are clearly positives with the bye week. My biggest concern is the lack of focus that this team has demonstrated during the season. IMO, it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to get the team focused and prepared for the game. And then keeping them focused throughout the game and back on track if things start to go South. Part of that is effective play calling. There have been some positive offensive play calling moments during this season where a lot of players were used and playing to their strengths. If CU embraces that philosophy, the Buffs can get it done. If the play calling goes conservative, then no. Time for all of the coaches to have their best collective performance of the season.

  5. KevinMac

    VK with a very optimistic post this morning! Thanks for reminding of the talent that’s coming up for the Buffs. You’re right, we’re well loaded at a lot of areas. DL is definitely the one that needs the most help. This coaching staff also needs to have the cajones to put a senior on the bench and get the young playmakers in there. Nate Landman has looked like a beast in his limited opportunities – I love Gamboa, but I’m a little sick of hearing how “smart he is” and “coach on the field” (coaches are slow and shouldn’t be playing), Landman is 6’3″ and seems to have a knack for making big plays. And Winfree and Shenault have not been given nearly enough touches. Players make plays, but not if they’re on the bench.

  6. Rob O

    I just re-watched the USC game and I have a couple of observations that make me a little bit more optimistic for the Utah game:
    1. CU was fairly stout against the run. USC is a much better running team than Utah and while they were not committed to the run when they did run CU did a pretty good job of limiting them. I saw a couple of key details that I believe led to this:
    A. Our D Line was holding the line of scrimmage better than I have seen them do so all year. Whether that is technique, health, experience or whatever but against USC’s o line we were not getting blown off the ball. We were still loosing ground often times but not nearly like we had been in the past.
    B. Because we were not getting blown backwards off the line our linebackers could flow better and were filling holes much better. I want to take specific note of Landman. The big play was obviously the punt block but those are freaky occurrence’s in my book. What truly impressed me was how this kid played d. He flowed to the play really well, he didn’t overrun plays, he stayed square to the line, when he engaged a blocker we created a pile and when he tackled the running back did not fall forward for 2 more yards. This kid had one heck of a game. I am excited to see if he can put another game together like that.
    C. CU loaded for the run versus USC and was able to largely mitigate the damage they did through the air. Utah is not nearly as good as a passing attack so I expect us to follow the same script. We will should do better versus the pass and give up less.
    D. We held the edges much better than we have all season. This is more than just not letting a running back get outside us, it is also not letting the blocker push you 5 yards sideways and create wider running lanes on the interior.

    If we can hold their running game like we did USC, force them to pass and do just a little bit better in the pass we may come out of this one with a win.

  7. VK Berlin

    One left. Gotta get those 12 extra practices.
    Hoping they can because the young-guns need the work. Especially the Oline.
    The old guys will be gone.
    Time for the new to take over.
    RSF
    Moretti
    Polley
    Sherman
    Roddick
    Pursell
    Page

    And the Sophs and Juniors and seniors to be which there is only 1

    It will be a young oline but dang nab it I believe there will be more talent on that line than this year. Movng on up.

    And I believe the dline will be much better as well. (Hopefully the DC has the nuts to make it happen.

    Time to let the young WR’s take charge. Bigger Faster. More athletic. Fontenot will be a force and maybe just maybe Bisharat will live up to the 4 star billing (Little help from the OC boys please)

    Qb position is in fine shape.

    I like the LB’s too. And the DB’s look even faster and tougher

    Certainly Phil will be missed and the seniors deserve kudos. But again time to move on.( As it should be with a good portion of the coaching staff)
    This is not a reload it is a rebuild and it starts with the coaches. If they are kept, the future is defined……….Middling results……..

    The Buffs have 3 star players on average, and it takes great coaches (Leavitt)to groom em, develop em, give em the tools, and put them each and every play in a position to win. (Not just one play now and then which is the current case, but all the time)

    I am confident if key coaching changes are made the results will be better. Much better. If not well there ya have it.

    Uh Oh Here Come the New Mighty Buffalo……….GET THAT WIN AGAINST THE UTES

    BUFFS!!!!

    Note: Do you know there are 8 tight ends listed on the Mighty Buffs Roster. Really there are. What is up with that? Rarely used. Do they have their own coach?

    Note 2: It is just depressing that after 5 years of MickeyMac the Special teams execution is still so bad.

  8. ep

    I secind Neil’s notice of Mulumba’s play. Brings a little hope for next year’s D line.

  9. Chirality

    Realistically we all knew that USC was the better team and that CU had a very low chance to beat them.

    CU certainly gave the game away with two blocked field goals and the pointless pick-six to end the half, but the second half was actually very impressive from the buffs.

    I also want to give a shout-out to Lindgren’s offense. CU threw a dizzying array of misdirection plays at USC, consistently leading to open receivers and easy yards. It looked terrible, though, because (as Stuart mentioned in the post-mortem) Montez attempted to try to kill his receivers on the slant rants (both with the ball itself and via USC defenders) and didn’t wait for a second read to occur when those slant routes were taken away. In the second half, the offense adjusted (less slant routes, for example) and put up some points.

    The second half against USC was, to my eyes, one of the best offensive efforts of the year considering the quality of USC’s players (as compared to Arizona, who can’t stop anyone).

  10. Glenn

    Wow. Season almost over. I feel like we are competing, just can’t finish against a good foe. Road games are tough but we have to find a way to pull one out at Utah. Just get to a bowl game and I will go. Too many years of watching others go bowling. I don’t want to “wait til next year” again. Go Buffs!!!

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