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September 10th – GameDay!!

... CU in a few minutes … 

Tweet of the Day – from CU Buffs GameDay : “Its Game Day! Parking Lots open at 9:30 AM. Gates open at 1:30 PM. Kickoff is 3:37 PM. Clear Bag policy in effect. Allow plenty of time!”


Buffs show respect for Bengals – “Idaho State’s a good team”

From … These Buffs have no reason to overlook anyone. A team that entered the season with just 10 wins in the previous three years combined can’t afford to take any game against any opponent lightly. These Buffs know that every game — no matter the opponent — is one they must treat with the utmost of importance.

“Idaho State’s a good team,” Buffs quarterback Sefo Liufau said. “Our mentality is to go out there and put a beating on them if we can. It’s no different than any other team. If you are playing Alabama, your goal should be to go out there and put a beating on them. It’s important for us to treat every game like it’s the national championship.”

What the Buffs will be looking to accomplish against ISU is no secret. After their 44-7 win over CSU in their opener, they want to improve while continuing their pursuit of “going 1-0 every week.”

“It’s really Coach Mac’s philosophy, but it’s the truth — you want to go 1-0 every week,” said safety Afolabi Laguda, who made his first career start for the Buffs last week. “You focus on the team you are playing that week. Every week, the most important game of the season is that game. Coach Mac hasn’t really talked about it this season, but he’s said it in the past. What you are seeing in this team is a contagious attitude that we don’t want to be average.”

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September 9th

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Tweet of the Day, from the Daily Camera’s Brian Howell … “As of Thursday, the have already sold more tickets for the home opener (35,772) than they sold for last year’s home opener (35,094)”


Drew Litton takes on Idaho State

From the Daily Camera









Fan information for GameDay at Folsom Field

From …  Fans attending the home opener between the Colorado Buffaloes and Idaho State on Saturday at Folsom Field are encouraged to be in their seats by 3:15 pm for the 3:30 pm kickoff.

Below are new game day policies and features as well as the pregame timeline for Saturday’s game.


Buffs Fan Zone:  Come enjoy the Buffs Fan Zone inside the new indoor practice facility starting pregame and throughout the game.  The Buffs Fan Zone will feature the Chip’s Kids Club area featuring interactive games and activities for kids of all ages.  Concessions, including access to beer and wine, with plenty of seating is also available.  The Buffs Fan Zone will open 2 hours before kickoff and can be accessed from inside of Folsom Field.

Buff Walk: Be a part of a new tradition by joining the band, spirit, Chip and other Buffs fans at the Buff Walk to welcome the team busses as they arrive for the game.  The players will arrive approximately 2 hours before kickoff on Colorado Avenue at the southwest corner of the stadium and walk through the fans down the Buff Walk on their way to their locker room.  Come cheer them on and let them know you are behind them before every home game!


Clear Bag Policy: Beginning this season, fans may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag, into the stadium. Fans will also be allowed one small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.  Bags that will no longer be allowed into Folsom Field include backpacks, large purses, oversized tote bags, camera bags and binocular cases, diaper bags, fanny packs and printed plastic bags. Seat cushions and chair backs will still be allowed, but they must be 18 inches or less in width and cannot have pockets, zippers or covers. Please review the full clear bag policy at


Five Keys to not screwing up the only “gimme” game on the schedule ...

From Neill Woelk at … Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and his players spent the week promising they would not take the Idaho State Bengals lightly.

MacIntyre and his players are well aware that ISU coach Mike Kramer has won at Folsom Field before. In 2006, Kramer led Montana State into Boulder and left with a 19-10 win over the Buffs.

Thus, MacIntyre insists this is not a game the Buffs are looking past. Rather, it’s simply the next one on the schedule in a year in which Colorado players say their goal is simply to “go 1-0 every week.”

Just like the Buffs in their opening 44-7 win over Colorado State, the Bengals had no trouble in their opener, rolling to a 47-3 win over Simon Fraser at home.

Offensively, Idaho State had its way for most of the game, finishing with 543 yards total offense. ISU quarterback Tanner Gueller threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and  running back Jakori Ford rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.

Defensively, the Bengals held Simon Fraser to just 233 total yards total offense while also forcing three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). ISU also held Simon Fraser scoreless until late in the third quarter, when the Bengals held a comfortable 33-0 lead.

Still, it’s no secret this is a game the Buffs are expected to win if they take care of business, and their top priorities will be:

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September 8th

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Top 12 Reasons to Catch the Buffs at Folsom Field this Weekend

From Neill Woelk at … I’ll give you the first three:

  1. Be a witness to The Rise. This is your chance to say you were there when the turnaround began at Folsom. Yes, you were there last week (hopefully) when the Buffs steamrolled the Rams in Denver, but this is the home opener. Ten years from now, you will want to tell all your friends that you were on hand personally to watch it happen in 2016. Take advantage of the opportunity.

  2. Best venue in America. Seriously, is there a better place to watch college football on a beautiful Saturday afternoon? We didn’t think so.

  3. Weather. The forecast calls for a high of 77 degrees. That’s about as perfect as it gets. Not too hot, not too cool. A perfect day under the Flatirons to create some memories.

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Wide receiver Bryce Bobo a “different guy” this fall

From … Colorado wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini said he saw a difference in Bryce Bobo from the very beginning of fall camp.

Bobo, Chiaverini said, was “a different guy. He wasn’t even close to the same guy I saw in spring ball. Right now, he looks like a top-of-the-line Pac-12 player to me. If he continues to work at it every day and is consistent with that work ethic, he can be a really, really good player in this conference.”

Chiaverini’s praise came in the wake of Bobo’s opening-game performance, one in which he finished with five catches for a career-high 99 yards in Friday’s 44-7 win over Colorado State. Bobo’s night included a highlight-reel one-handed grab for a 46-yard gain that set up CU’s fourth touchdown of the evening and a 31-0 halftime lead, as well as two third-down catches (both for first downs) and a robust 19.8 yards per catch average.

Throw in some outstanding downfield blocking — including a key block that helped spring fellow wide receiver Devin Ross for a 17-yard touchdown — and it was no doubt Bobo’s most complete game in his three seasons in Boulder.

Bobo’s opening performance didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw him regularly in fall camp. The CU junior who displayed flashes of his ability in his first two seasons in Boulder had by far the best camp of his career this year, regularly coming up with big catches and displaying a consistency that had eluded him in previous seasons.

The difference?

“Just my mentality,” Bobo said. “When I was younger, I didn’t always have the best mindset or attitude. This year, I came in thinking I have to play this year. I can’t let the opportunity slip away when I have it in my hands. Now my mentality is a lot different and I think I can compete with anybody.”

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Backup quarterback Steven Montez looking for some playing time this weekend

From … Colorado redshirt freshman Steven Montez saw his first collegiate action in the CSU game, taking the last four snaps of the game. Montez handed off four times in a row, all four to true freshman Beau Bisharat.

Wednesday morning, Montez said he’s looking forward to having the opportunity to do a little more. “It was nice to get in, but it will be fun to do a little more than hand off,” Montez said with a smile.

Montez was listed as the co-No. 2 quarterback with Jordan Gehrke throughout camp and heading into the opening game. This week, however, he’s listed ahead of Gehrke.

“Steven had an excellent spring and then he did really well in the fall,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “So that’s where he sits right now. They both did well, but Steven’s a little bit ahead at this point, the way we see it.”

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September 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Tweet of the Day – from Darrin Chiaverini: Excited to see everybody at Folsom Field on Saturday and seeing run! Shoulder to Shoulder! Go Buffs!

Uniform combination for Saturday’s game

Since the Buffs have decided to wear black helmets this year … there will not be a “black out” this fall …








“Pluses” and “minuses” from Idaho State’s win over Simon Fraser

From the Idaho State Journal

PLUS: ISU’s linebackers and run defense

Every fan at Holt Arena on Saturday had more success running the ball than Simon Fraser did against the Bengals.

The Clan rushed for minus-22 yards on 23 carries, an average of minus-1 yards per attempt.

Idaho State’s tackles and linebackers busted through SFU’s offensive line and snuffed out running plays with regularity, smothering 230-pound running back Ante Milanovic-Litre and backfield mate Jalen Jana at or behind the line of scrimmage on nearly every touch.

“Our defense played outstanding,” Bengals head coach Mike Kramer said following the game. “We gave them some bad field position.” …

MINUS: ISU’s quarterback contain

The Bengals’ frontline had no problem getting around the edge to hassle Simon Fraser quarterback Miles Richardson.

But Richardson wasn’t an easy sack. The southpaw routinely escaped pressure, extended plays with his legs and found open receivers ahead of the first-down marker.

Idaho State recorded four sacks on the day, but Richardson got away far too many times to appease Kramer.

“Our front’s really good, but we gave up way too many yards,” Kramer said. “Their quarterback extended plays way too long. Our pass rush was totally ineffective. We can’t blow contain like that every single time it seemed like.

“I bet you we lost contain 11 or 12 times. I know we lost it seven times in the first half, and we’ll get that fixed.”

PLUS: Tanner Gueller

Idaho State’s sophomore quarterback was prolific in his first career victory as the Bengals’ starter.

Gueller completed 13 of his first 14 pass attempts, went 24 of 36 for the game and tallied a career-high 338 yards. He threw accurate strikes into the middle of the field when facing pressure and showed a clear grasp of the offense and pace of play.

Two of Gueller’s three touchdowns were screens to KW Williams, and the other was a jump ball in the end zone to Pat Carter. Gueller didn’t take many shots downfield, but hit brother Mitch Gueller on a hook route near the sideline for an 18-yard gain, found Carter for two 20-plus-yard pickups and was able to quickly pick up blitzes and dice up holes in Simon Fraser’s defense. …

MINUS: Tanner Gueller

Gueller’s flashes of brilliance Saturday came with some glaring negatives.

Gueller fumbled three times, and Simon Fraser recovered each one. In each case, Gueller’s pocket collapsed, and he was sacked and stripped.

Partially to blame is Gueller’s offensive line, which featured three first-time starters in place of three injured starters.

But Kramer made it clear: the quarterback has to hang onto the ball. The quarterback has to overcome difficult situations. The quarterback has to be better.

“Pass protection is something we do, but it’s not always going to be perfect,” Kramer said. “The strength of our football team is our quarterback’s ability to catch and spit the ball.”


Coach MacIntyre talks with media after Wednesday’s practice

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation:



September 6th

Tweet of the Day … From Jim Leavitt: “Well….Good start. Proud of the guys! All Buffs out there stand and be Proud! We and I really mean We have to do this together! Go Buffs!”

Tuesday Press Conference quotes from Mike MacIntyre, Sefo Liufau, and Chidobe Awuzie

From … CU head coach Mike MacIntyre:

On Team’s Attitude This Week

“They’ve been focused and working hard. Tuesday practices are always tough, because you put the pads back on. We got a lot accomplished today in practice. The guys that were beat up a little bit have been in the training room and being observant in the meetings. All of that type of stuff tells you that they’re ready to go. They’ve got to keep pushing.”

On Preparing Team

“All we have to do is tell them about the head coach Mike Kramer. The head coach of Idaho State was the head coach of Montana State when they beat Colorado here. We’ve already shown them that game and some highlights of it. He’s a heck of a coach; he’s won everywhere he’s been. He’s not afraid of coming in here, I know that.”

On Tempo Of The Offense

“We’ve implemented a couple things that help us go a little faster communication and signal-wise. Our kids are in excellent shape. It’s all about getting that first first down. Everybody always says that. That’s the truth. The way we signal, the way we look at it, and our code words, we shortened everything down. One word means tons of things now. Our kids know the offense so well that we’ve been able to streamline that. We have very quick signals now. All of that helps.”

On Team Playing Fast Against Idaho State

“We’re going to try to go at a fast pace. If we’re able to move the ball on the opponent and keep going at that speed, then we’re going to keep doing that. We ran up-tempo last year. We are more effective. We completed more balls, we had more runs that hit, and we were more precise in our blocking and our routes. We’ve just kept improving. If you have one bad throw, route, or block, it throws off all the timing. You’ve got to keep the energy going. I think our team is more precise in those areas.”

On Idaho State

“Their offense is just like Hawai’i’s was last year that gave us problems. They run a 4-3 defense. We’ll have to get ready for that. They have wide ends like Oregon State used to do, so that will affect our tackles on pass protection. We’re going to have to do well there. They’re playing well; their punt returner is back and have some good players that have been making a lot of plays. They killed the team they played the other day, Simon Fraser. They’re a good football team that will come in here ready to beat us.”

From quarterback Sefo Liufau:

On The Team’s Attitude After Beating CSU

“Definitely not cocky. I think that being in the program for three years when you’re in a lot of close games, you get into this mindset of not wanting to give any up and that’s definitely the mindset of this team going into this week. We don’t want to give any games away, we don’t want to have any close games if possible. So, we treat Idaho State with the greatest respect. They’re a great team and anything can happen in any given week in college football so we want to come out strong and put our best foot forward.”

On His Dinner Treat To The O-Line

“I’m taking them out Thursday. I found out yesterday that I was Pac-12 player of the week and Coach MacIntyre made a joke about taking the O-Line out to dinner and it kind of stuck. I’m taking them out Thursday, that’s what it looks like.”

From cornerback Chidobe Awuzie:

On Idaho State’s Offense

“We’ve watched a lot of film already, and they’ve got two pretty good outside receivers and a pretty good tight end.  Their running back is pretty fast, and I think their quarterback got second team all-conference.  They’re a pretty well developed offense, so it’ll come down to us playing our game and doing what we do best.”

On Team’s Confidence Level

“We still only have one goal, and Colorado State was kind of a speed bump on the way to that goal.  They were definitely a great team. We went 1-0 that week and we’re trying to go 1-0 this week.  It’s just the same mindset, we’re really even keeled right now.  Everybody on this team is pretty humble, and Coach Mac stressed that to us the other night to be humble and hungry.  So we’re still humble and hungry and we know that we have a lot of work to turn this program around.  Our confidence has always been high throughout the entire time I’ve been here, no matter what.”


Colorado receives a vote in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll

… Believe it, Buff Nation! Someone out there took notice of CU’s pounding of Colorado State (it’s a bit premature, IMHO, as we need to see CU actually win a Pac-12 game or two before we start checking out bowl sites – but it is nice recognition) …

Also worthy of note: Pac-12 down to three teams in each poll … Stanford into top five in Coaches’ poll … UCLA dropped out of the poll, but USC dropped out of sight. The Trojans did not receive a single vote in the AP poll (translation: CU has more going for it right now than the Trojans, a preseason top 15 pick by many preseason magazines) … Texas and Miami are both back in the poll. Neither team had been ranked since 2013 … Washington is up to No. 8, its highest national ranking since 2001 …

… And, in case you were wondering, Mike MacIntyre didn’t vote for CU … From … CU received one vote in each of the AP and Coaches polls of Sept. 6, the first time since Sept. 21, 2008 that the Buffs received at least one vote in each (CU opened 3-0 that year and started getting attention after a 17-14 overtime win over West Virginia (CU had 39 points in the AP poll and 30 in the Coaches).

The Buffs lost 39-21 to Florida State at Jacksonville the following week, falling out of the USA Today poll but still earning two points in the AP’s – the last time CU received at least one vote in either poll until this year (note: CU coach Mike MacIntyre votes in the Coaches poll, but he did not vote for his own team; UCLA occupied the 25th spot).


1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. Houston
7. Stanford
8. Washington
9. Georgia
10. Wisconsin
11. Texas
12. Michigan State
13. Louisville
14. Oklahoma
15. TCU
16. Iowa
17. Tennessee
18. Notre Dame
19. Ole Miss
20. Texas A&M
21. LSU
22. Oklahoma State
23. Baylor
24. Oregon
25. Miami (Fla.)

Others receiving votes: Florida 117, UCLA 62, Boise State 50, Utah 43, San Diego State 37, North Carolina 23, Nebraska 13, Auburn 13, Pittsburgh 7, BYU 5, Navy 2, West Virginia 1, Colorado 1

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. Michigan
7. Houston
8. Michigan State
9. Georgia
10. Iowa
11. Washington
12. TCU
13. Oklahoma
14. Tennessee
15. Louisville
16. Wisconsin
17. Oklahoma State
18. Ole Miss
19. Baylor
20. Texas
21. Notre Dame
22. LSU
23. Oregon
24. Texas A&M
25. Florida

Others receiving votes: Miami 108, North Carolina 62, Utah 61, Boise State 52, UCLA 38, Nebraska 37, Arkansas 21, Auburn 16, BYU 15, San Diego State 12, Western Kentucky 11, Navy 10, Pittsburgh 9, West Virginia 8, NC State 7, USC 6, South Florida 5, Duke 4, South Alabama 3, Southern Mississippi 2, Toledo 1, Colorado 1, Appalachian State 1



Franklin Field transformed for GameDay

From … Franklin Field will be transformed into a beacon of sustainability this football season.

Learfield’s Buffalo Sports Properties is pleased to announce that the University of Colorado Athletics’ most popular pre-game tailgate destination – Franklin Field – is now the “Aluminum Can Zone Presented by Ball Corporation.”

Adjacent to Folsom Field, the beautiful grass field ringed with pop-up tent-tailgate areas will be family-friendly, vehicle-free, and zero-waste, featuring infinitely recyclable aluminum containers, compostable foodware, full compost and recycling collections, and exhibits highlighting Ball’s sustainability efforts, as well as CU Athletics’ sports sustainability leadership.

Fans can access their tent-tailgate space in the Aluminum Can Zone Presented by Ball Corporation from parking located in the new solar-powered Indoor Practice Facility underground garage adjacent to Franklin Field.

“We are thankful to our partners at Ball Corporation for sharing our passion for recycling and supporting our mission as the nation’s first NCAA sports sustainability program, Ralphies Green Stampede, while encouraging our Buff fans to recycle at home, work and play,” says CU Athletic Director Rick George.

By featuring 100-percent recyclable aluminum containers, the Aluminum Can Zone will help prevent glass and other hazards from being deposited on the field where kids play during tailgate times and student-athletes practice between games.

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Idaho State quarterback Tanner Gueller is “going to be great quarterback here”

From the Idaho State Journal … ISU quarterback Tanner Gueller finished Saturday’s win with a career-high 338 yards passing and three touchdowns, which tied a career high. His previous career high in passing yards was 253 against Montana in a 33-27 overtime loss on Nov. 7, 2015. The defeat was the last game Gueller threw more than two touchdown passes.

The quarterback also set a new career high in completions with 24 and threw for 300 or more yards for the third time in his career. Saturday was Gueller’s third start and 11th appearance in a game.

… “He’s going to be a great quarterback here,” coach Mike Kramer said. “He got into a rhythm. .. This is his first start and a win in his career as a college football player. That is a giant step forward for us as a football team and for him as a quarterback.”

Along with three passing touchdowns, Gueller lost three fumbles in his 2016 debut.

The first turnover occurred in the opening 12 minutes while the second and third came during back-to-back drives in the third quarter.

“It’s him peeking the rush,” Kramer said. “It’s him being careless. Being a rookie. Being stupid. Being not smart, and we have to get that fixed.”

In 11 career games, Gueller has turned the ball over 12 times, including eight interceptions.

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MacIntyre compares Idaho State offense to that of Hawai’i

From the Daily Camera … “It’s a lot like Hawaii’s offense last year,” MacIntyre said after Monday’s practice. “They throw the ball really well.

“Defensively, they’re a true 4-3 football team. A little bit more like Oregon State used to be about two years ago with the wide ends and rush ends. They’re going to try to get after our passer and they’ll cause some havoc to our tackles.”



September 5th – Labor Day

Schedule … 8:30 a.m. – Staff Meeting … 9:00-11:40 a.m. – Assorted Meetings … 11:50-12:50 p.m. – Practice

INJURY UPDATE: CU center Alex Kelley and safety Tedric Thompson suffered slight injuries in Friday’s game, but MacIntyre said he expected them both to be back for Saturday’s game vs. Idaho State.

Kelley suffered a slight ankle injury while Thompson, MacIntyre said, “kind of got whiplashed.” Thompson has passed all concussion protocol.

“Right now, as of today, it looks like they’ll both play,” MacIntyre said.


Sefo Liufau named Pac-12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week

From the Pac-12 … Offensive: Sefu Liufau, Sr., QB, Colorado

• In his first game back after a Lisfranc (foot) injury sidelined him for the last 2¾ games in 2015, he completed 23-of-33 passes for 318 yards (1 TD/0 INT); passer rating was 160.6, earned 17 first downs (5 rush/12 pass), and rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries in the 44-7 win over Colorado State

• During the game, he became CU’s all-time leader in passing yards (7,715), extended his own mark for total offense (8,226 yards), and also took over the record for the most offensive plays for a career (1,356)

•It was his 10th career 300-yard passing game (and eighth career 300-yard total offense game); he now owns or shares 78 CU records.

From … “It’s a great feeling, but it’s a testament (to his teammates),” Liufau said. “(Bryce) Bobo made a great play, Devin (Ross) made a big catch, Shay (Fields), the O-line did really well. If anything, it’s just a testament to how well the offense played.”

Liufau said he was “satisfied” with the way he played in the opener, but did add that his two fumbles were “pretty frustrating.”

“For the most part, I was satisfied with how I was running the ball, passing, making checks and everything,” Liufau said. “There’s room to improve but I was definitely satisfied with Week 1.”

Head coach Mike MacIntyre agreed, noting that while they’ll work on the fumbles, it was also the first time Liufau has taken a full-contact hit since his Nov. 13 injury against Southern California.

“He played really well,” MacIntyre said. “You always want things to be perfect, and he had a couple throws, if he would’ve made those, he might have had a couple more touchdowns. But he made a lot of plays, too. He got us into a lot of the right situations, made some good checks. I was pleased with the way he played. Coming back off the foot and everything he did, I thought he did an excellent job.”

… Liufau also rewarded with a “helmet sticker” by ESPN …

From ESPN … The long football drought is officially over. Here’s our first round of individual awards after the opening weekend of action:

Sefo Liufau, Colorado: Ross wasn’t the only Pac-12 player who victoriously returned from injury this opening weekend. Liufau, coming off a Lisfranc injury that ended his 2015 and jeopardized his 2016, showed no ill effects in the Buffs’ 44-7 blowout of Colorado State. Liufau’s final line: 23-for-33, 318 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Most importantly, the senior led Colorado to a season-opening statement victory — something this struggling program badly needed, especially considering last season’s disastrous start at Hawaii.


Idaho State notes of note …

From the Daily Camera … Idaho State held Simon Fraser to minus-22 rushing yards, racking up 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. … Nine different receivers caught passes for the Bengals on Saturday. … ISU went 2-9 last season, finishing last in the Big Sky Conference. … Idaho State is 0-17 all-time against Power 5 conference teams and 28-105 against all FBS teams (with 17 wins coming against either Boise State or Idaho). The Bengals’ last FBS win came in 2000 against Utah State.

and something you will often this week … The Bengals are coached by Mike Kramer. Not a familiar name? He was the coach at Montana State when the Bobcats upset the Buffs, 19-10, in 2006 (damn … I can never get away from that game!).



September 4th

Colorado moves up to No. 6 in ESPN Pac-12 power rankings

From ESPN … Welcome to the first power rankings of the season where we actually have data! You can see our preseason power rankings here. If you don’t like where you’re ranked, stop losing to FCS teams!

6. Colorado 1-0 (preseason No. 11)

The Buffs looked like a legitimate Power 5 program. We won’t know how significant this victory is until we see more of Colorado State. But quarterback Sefo Liufau looked healthy (enough to keep him on the field well into the fourth quarter) and the defense was aggressive and opportunistic — extending its streak of forcing a turnover to 14 games.


CU coaches interested to see how the Buff players react to blowout victory 

From … There’s no doubt CU coaches will be watching carefully Monday morning to see how the Buffs react when they return to practice after a weekend off.

“We’ll see how we handle having a little bit of success really early,” MacIntyre told the media after Friday night’s win over the Rams. “We’ve got to handle that correctly, and we’ll see what the guys are made of on Monday.”

From a physical standpoint, the timing of the opening game couldn’t have been better. After a month of fall camp practices, the Friday opener provided what amounts to two days off for the players. While they did lift weights and attend meetings on Saturday, the weekend still gave them basically two days to rest, recharge and catch up on their studies.

It will be their last such opportunity until late October, when they’ll have 11 days between their Oct. 22 game at Stanford and their Nov. 3 (Thursday night) home game with UCLA.

But while players had a weekend to give their minds and bodies a break, CU’s coaches were back at work, reviewing film of the CSU game and preparing for Saturday’s home opener against Idaho State at Folsom Field (3:30 p.m.).

What they’ll see on film from the Bengals is a team that opened with a 47-3 win over Simon Fraser in its season opener on Saturday. ISU quarterback Tanner Gueller threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns on a 24-for-36 afternoon, and Idaho State also finished with 165 yards rushing, led by Jakori Ford, who ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Defensively, the Bengals limited Simon Fraser to minus-22 yards rushing while recording four quarterback sacks and a pair of interceptions. ISU head coach Mike Kramer called it a “convincing effort,” but added, “I wouldn’t call it dominant.”

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September 3rd

Idaho State cruises in opener, taking down Division II Simon Fraser

From the Idaho State athletics website … The Idaho State football team opened the 2016 season with a 47-3 win over Simon Fraser on Saturday afternoon at Holt Arena. The Bengals tallied 543 yards of total offense while holding Simon Fraser to 233.

Tanner Gueller threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns while completing 24 passes on 36 attempts. KW Williamscaught four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jakori Ford rushed for 68 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

Defensively, Joe Martin had nine tackles while Mario Jenkins and Jake Pettiteach had seven. The Bengals had 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. Joe Martin and Ryan Shields had their first career interceptions while Adkin Aquirre recovered a fumble.

The ISU defense forced Simon Fraser into nine punts, three turnovers and one safety.  The Clan from Simon Fraser also was held to -22 yards rushing.

The Bengals scored on their first possession when Gueller hit an open Williams on a 37-yard strike with 12:32 to play in the first quarter. The Bengals added 19 second quarter points to lead 26-0 at the break. Ford had an 11-yard touchdown run, Zak Johnson kicked a 34-yard field goal and Gueller found Pat  Carter in the end zone for a 29-yard pass. Simon Fraser also had a safety midway through the quarter.

Williams scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Gueller in the third. Following a Simon Fraser field goal with 5:16 left in the third, Tom Jewellscored a touchdown with 9:49 to play when he recovered a fumble in the end zone and four minutes later Michael Dean tallied a 15-yard touchdown run for the final score of the game.

Idaho State plays at Colorado next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on the Pac 12 Network in the state of Colorado.

but bear this in mind … The Clan from Simon Fraser has lost 14 in row since beating South Dakota School of Mines on Oct. 18, 2014.


Co-offensive coordinator Chiaverini admits to “getting emotional” over first game coaching Buffs

From … Bold, fast, decisive, and satisfying for Darrin Chiaverini, the former Buffs receiver who admitted to “getting emotional” Friday afternoon on the team’s bus ride from its overnight headquarters to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“Exciting,” he said, “especially for someone who played at Colorado and played in this game. It was emotional for me . . . I’m thinking, ‘I’m at the University of Colorado and I’m going to walk out there with the Buffaloes.’ That’s special; it means a lot to me as a person, someone who bled on Folsom, bled on Mile High. It was a really cool moment.”

It was also very cool for “Coach Chev” to watch the offense he co-coordinates with Brian Lindgren score on three of its first four possessions, roll to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, go up 31-0 at halftime and ultimately demolish Colorado State, 44-7. The Buffs amassed 578 yards – 318 passing, 260 rushing – all numbers that produced opening-night satisfaction for Chiaverini and befuddled CSU coach Mike Bobo and his defense.

“I thought our guys played really well,” Chiaverini said. “For the first game and to have all the different tweaks to the offense – I mean, you can see a different look from us. It’s much different from what’s been done in the past.

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12 Replies to “Colorado Daily – Idaho State”

  1. according to montez we’ll get to see a lot of him this saturday.
    i’ll bet that his comments are posted all over i.s.’s bulletin boards.
    time to start maturing.

    1. I would say it’s time for Mac to start maturing and preparing his backup QB’s by allowing them a chance to actually run plays instead of just handing off to the 3rd string tailback. I think Montez should start and Sefo should cool his jets on the sideline until the 2nd half. No more stat-padding against FCS teams. If Mac and Sefo want to impress us, they’ll do it against Pac-12 opposition.


  2. I sure hope we build a lead big enough to make Mac feel secure about getting Montez into the game….and letting him fling it a few times. I want to see him in action. He also would benefit from as many real game reps as possible if he is the starter next season.
    And I dont want to see him in action because Sefo is hurt. I dont think Sefo will need to run with the ball much this weekend

  3. Pleased with the performance vs. CSU. Played well in all phases – offense, defense, solid special teams. This weekend, Buffs need to come out strong and continue to show improvement every week. Take the lead, and then keep the pedal to the metal and earn another dominating win. 2-0 sounds pretty good heading into Michigan.

  4. you know what? I dont give a flip about the “votes” from these pundits or the coaches. These are the same guys who had OU and LSU into the playoffs. The pundits dont have, or even if they did, spend enough time to look at each team in depth and the coaches barely have enough time to scout the teams on their schedule.
    I am going to spend some time finding a job where I can make predictions in a publication by simply regurgitating last year’s results and look like a nitwit at the end of the season.

  5. The Buffs dominated a team they should have dominated last week (What a change from last year!). They need to do so again. Stay focused, no let downs. The aim is not to just beat Idaho State but for perfection. 2nd string in after first drive of third quarter and clear the bench except for redshirts all fourth quarter.

  6. Sefo beats out Webb for player of the week. How about that? Webb can have it next week. This may sound churlish but I dont want Sefo to get it 2 weeks in a row. I want Steven Montez to get some PT in the entire second half of the next game.

  7. wow we haven’t been ranked in the top six for a long time. It is so high up that I think I’m getting a nose bleed. Fun stuff Buffs keep up the good work. Bring on the Bengals.

  8. With Absolutely No Disrespect to players or coaching staff and despite the Saturday’s stomp-down on Simon Fraser, Idaho State is not a very good football team. I appreciate that teams change from year to year but, 3 Quick points.

    1. (I saw this game in Boise) Boise State mauled Idaho State last year 52-0. (Down side for Boise State they lost their starting QB for the year.)

    2. Our D-Line will dominate their OL, all QB’s & RB’s have a problem when the OL is an issue. Actually, in my opinion our entire Defense will be better than any Idaho State saw all last season.

    3. Our current Offense is better than what Boise had last season. This will be the preseason game Mac II, has wanted. NOT Only That but, we are not the same CU Buff squad that faced Montana State!

  9. First thing I thought of after the game was a letdown. Kramer is doing his best to lie (pun intended) in the weeds when he said his win “wasnt dominate.”
    Now that we have ended the first game slow start ghost lets exorcise the Big Sky one too…..and after that?….a really big road win

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