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Colorado Daily – Washington State

November 10th – Game Day!

… CU in a few minutes …

Linebacker Rick Gamboa: “Everybody in their offense is a weapon, they get everybody the ball”

From CUBuffs.com … With the calendar inching up on mid-November, Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado Buffaloes want to do something they haven’t done since early October: win a game.

Their latest attempt will come Saturday against the nation’s 10th-ranked team, 8-1 Washington State (5-1 Pac-12), in a nationally televised 1:30 p.m. game at Folsom Field (ESPN).

After a 5-0 start, the Buffs have dropped four in a row. With a 2-4 conference record, Colorado is still searching for a sixth win that would make CU bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons. The Buffs have had seven chances in the last two years to pick up that elusive sixth win, but haven’t been able to get over the hump.

MacIntyre believes his team is ready to end that skid.

“This team has always come out and played hard,” MacIntyre said. “I expect them to do that. They have great energy with each other, they care about each other and I think they’ll play extremely hard. Our goal is to play extremely hard and to get one more point that the opponent has.”

So far this year, only one team — USC — has managed that against Mike Leach’s Cougars, in a 39-36 decision in September. Since then, the Cougars have put together a five-game win streak that includes victories over No. 12 Oregon (34-20), No. 24 Stanford (41-38) and Utah (28-24).

That win streak has put WSU in command of the Pac-12 North and also kept the Cougars at least in the conversation for the College Football Playoff, as they are currently ranked eighth in the CFP standings.

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November 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Scouting Report: Washington State

From the Daily Camera … 5 Cougars to watch vs. CU

RB Max Borghi: Originally committed to CU, the true freshman from Pomona has been a valuable piece of WSU’s offense, with 449 total yards and nine touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving).

QB Gardner Minshew: He’s been one of the handful of best quarterbacks in the country this season. With great poise and moxie, he’s got the Cougars playing confident, and he gets better in late game situations (11 TD, 0 INT in the fourth quarter).

LB Peyton Pelluer: A sixth-year senior, he has been perhaps the best play maker on the Cougars’ defense. He will make plays against the run, but will also rush the passer and drop into coverage.

DE Logan Tago: He could feast on CU’s struggling offensive line. Tago has eight tackles for loss and two sacks this season.

RB James Williams: A lot of the WSU offense goes to Williams, who leads the Cougars in rushing (377 yards) and receiving (58 catches for 463 yards). His 144 touches on offense are nearly double that of any other skill player (Borghi is second with 76)

Bottom line for Washington State

The Pac-12’s last remaining hope for the College Football Playoff, Washington State can’t afford to lose down the stretch — and certainly can’t lose to the struggling Buffs. A spot in the CFP and the Pac-12 North title are big goals for the Cougars and they can keep those goals in sight with a win in Boulder.

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Neill Woelk’s Friday’s Fast Five: Digging In

From CUBuffs.com … Up until a couple of weeks ago, the Colorado Buffaloes’ pass defense had been playing well. Headed into the eighth game of the season, CU had not allowed an opponent to break the 300-yard mark in the air and had given up just nine touchdown passes in seven games.

But that all changed in a hurry. In the last two games combined, CU’s pass defense has given up nearly 695 yards (345 to Oregon State and 350 to Arizona) and eight touchdowns.

Now, the Buffs must deal with No. 10 Washington’s State’s “Air Raid” attack in Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. matchup at Folsom Field. Mike Leach’s Cougars lead the Pac-12 in scoring (38.3 points per game), total offense (469.2 yards per game) and passing yards (397.4 per game).

It is no doubt a tall order, but one the 5-4 Buffs (2-4 Pac-12) must deal with head on if they’re going to end a four-game losing streak and clinch bowl eligibility at the same time.

The Buffs do have some history on their side. As a head coach, Leach is 0-3 at Folsom Field, losing to three different coaches in the process — Gary Barnett and Dan Hawkins when Leach was at Texas Tech, and to current coach CU head coach Mike MacIntyre in 2016.

How can the Buffs help history repeat itself? Our weekly Fast Five Keys to the Game:

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Kordell Stewart, Daniel Graham inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Related … “PLATI-‘TUDES LIVE BLOG FROM CU’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION” … from CUBuffs.com

From the Daily Camera … As Kordell Stewart bounced around in the pocket and the clock hit all zeros, Colorado’s hopes of victory rested on his right arm.

One of the most talented quarterbacks in CU history, he cocked his arm and let the ball fly, launching it more than 70 yards into the Ann Arbor, Mich., sky and, eventually, into the arms of Michael Westbrook.

The Miracle in Michigan was the most iconic moment of Stewart’s time at CU, but certainly not the only highlight of his brilliant career.

On Thursday night, Stewart was one of 11 legends that made up the 14th class inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It’s beyond me,” Stewart said of the honor. “You never thought that the work you put in and the things that you do because you love it so much, you never even really care so much about getting to a hall of fame, but more or less trying to win a championship with the guys around you.”

Stewart brought the crowd to its feet as a player and did it again Thursday as he led them in the fight song to cap his speech.

Stewart headlined a class that included four other football greats: Pete Brock, Daniel Graham, Ron Scott and Steve Sidwell. Also in the class was three-sport star Hatfield Chilson; men’s basketball players Charlie Gardner and Chuck Williams; baseball player Jay Howell; women’s track and field sprinter Donna Waller; and women’s skier Lucie Zikova.

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November 8th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Buff defense tries to figure out how to stop WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew

From CUBuffs.com … After a rough four-game stretch, the Colorado Buffaloes’ defense will try to get back on the right track Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. game against No. 10 Washington State at Folsom Field (ESPN).

In their last four games — all losses — the Buffs have given up an 427.5 yards per game. Their task Saturday will be a difficult one, as they face WSU graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who leads the nation with 329 completions and 3,517 passing yards, along with a Pac-12 leading 70.8 percent completion rate and 27 touchdowns.

“He has a powerful arm,” CU senior linebacker Drew Lewis said. “We just need to be able to lock down their receivers with our defensive backs and get pressure on him.”

A big reason Minshew is able to make big plays is a stellar offensive line that has  allowed just seven sacks this season, the fewest in the Pac-12 and tied for fifth-best in the nation.

“I think their offensive line is the best it’s been since I’ve gone against (Washington State head coach) Mike Leach,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “That’s helping out their quarterback a ton. For what they do, they’re big and they’re protecting (Minshew) very well and he’s able to make all the throws.”

The Cougars lead the nation with 397.4 passing yards per game, but average just  71.8 yards on the ground.

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Mustafa Johnson: “I definitely think (Arizona) schemed against me”

From the Daily Camera … Given how dominant Mustafa Johnson has been this season on the Colorado defense, it made sense that at some point teams were going to focus on stopping him.

After Johnson racked up a pair of sacks in the first half Oct. 27 against Oregon State, the Beavers had enough.

During the second half of that 41-34 overtime loss, Johnson was double-teamed more than normal, he said. Last week in a 42-34 loss to Arizona, the Wildcats did the same.

“I definitely think (Arizona) schemed against me,” Johnson said. “They had a couple times where I was getting back blocked, so I couldn’t flow to the ball as easily as I normally would, making plays on the backside. They played it very smart.”

CU (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) faces pass-happy No. 10 Washington State (8-1, 5-1) on Saturday at Folsom Field, and the Buffs hope Johnson can make his usual impact.

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Travon McMillian: “They have some pretty good ‘backers, they have some speed. They’re a little bit undersized, but they’re really good”

From CUBuffs.com … When it comes to Colorado’s rushing game, the math is relatively simple: the Buffs have rushed for at least 160 yards in five games this year, and have a 4-1 record in those contests. The only outlier is a 217-yard effort against Oregon State, when a 31-3 lead turned into a 41-34 overtime loss.

Conversely, in the other four games, Colorado has rushed for less than 120 yards and has a 1-3 mark in those contests. The only outlier in that case is a 44-yard effort against Nebraska, when CU’s rushing totals were skewed dramatically by seven quarterback sacks in a CU win.

Bottom line? The 5-4 Buffs (2-4 Pac-12) would love to crank that ground game back up this week when No. 10 Washington State pays a 1:30 p.m. visit to Folsom Field in a nationally televised contest (ESPN).

The Cougars will bring with them one of the Pac-12’s better defenses. Ranked fourth in the league in total defense, they have been particularly stingy against the run, yielding just 131 yards per game, third-best in the league.

They do it with a relatively small defensive line — only one of WSU’s starting linemen is listed at more than 250 pounds — and an active group of linebackers led by Peyton Pelluer, who leads the Cougars with 71 tackles.

“They’re different,” said Buffs running back Travon McMillian. “They have some pretty good ‘backers, they have some speed. They’re a little bit undersized, but they’re really good. They shoot the gap a lot. I’m looking forward to the challenge for sure.”

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November 7th

… CU in a few minutes …

CBS Sports: Washington State on “upset alert” – Buffs to win outright

From CBS Sports

No. 8 Washington State at Colorado

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MT | Where: Boulder, Colorado | Line: Washington State -5.5

Why it’s listed: Wazzu made an appearance on upset alerts a week ago against Cal and escaped, barely, 19-13. The Cougars, still leading the Pac-12 North and in the playoff hunt, are back on alert against a Colorado team that’s lost four straight and getting desperate. And a desperate team is a dangerous team.

Colorado’s key to the game: The Buffs’ offensive line is worrisome, as are the injuries at wide receiver. Despite this, the offense fields a respectable passing attack. Quarterback Steven Montez ranks third in the conference with 266.2 yards per game. He’ll likely need to surpass that average to win Saturday.

Washington State’s key to the game: If there’s one thing Colorado can do, it’s get to the quarterback with their defensive front. In fact, Wazzu and Colorado are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Pac-12 in sacks. Whoever better protects their quarterback has the edge.

Pick: After grinding out a win in Week 10, Washington State gets back into a shootout, which is more in its comfort zone. However, Colorado is dangerous enough and a much better team at home, so this one could get wild. This line stood out from the start and we haven’t seen that one head-scratching loss we usually get with Mike Leach. So, what the heck, right? ATS: Colorado, SU: Colorado

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

From YouTube, courtesy of Brian Howell at the Daily Camera

Derrion Rakestraw: “I’m more comfortable at safety than I was at receiver”

From the Daily Camera … Derrion Rakestraw is in his third year at the University of Colorado, yet it has only been this fall that he feels as if he has found a home with the Buffaloes.

Certainly Rakestraw has found Boulder welcoming enough. It is on the gridiron where the third-year sophomore has lived an unsettled existence. Recruited as a wide receiver out of Woodstock, Ga., Rakestraw has twice changed positions before finding his way into the rotation this season at safety.

While it has been a rough few weeks for the Buffs’ injury-depleted secondary, Rakestraw provided one of the few highlights for the Buffs defense last week at Arizona, taking advantage of his first career start in place of injured strong safety Evan Worthington to record his first interception at a critical juncture.

Worthington’s status remains uncertain as he goes through the concussion protocol. If Worthington is unable to go against the pass-happy offense of No. 10 Washington State Saturday at Folsom Field (1:30 p.m., ESPN), Rakestraw is eager for the challenge.

“It definitely felt good to get my feet wet, getting in on some of those plays and just being around my teammates on the field,” Rakestraw said. “It felt good to be out there. At this point, I’m more comfortable at safety than I was at receiver when I got here my freshman year. I feel good with it. I know what I’m doing. And know all the calls and stuff like that and I’ve gotten very comfortable.”

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November 6th

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Mike MacIntyre Tuesday press conference

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com:

Buffs hoping for return of Evan Worthington … and some stability in the secondary

From CUBuffs.com … All of Buff Nation is waiting for the return of No. 2 to the Colorado offense, and with good reason.

Laviska Shenault was the nation’s leading receiver when he injured his toe nearly a month ago at Southern California, and the Buffs (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) have struggled without him.

The loss of No. 6 has been just as damaging, however, and maybe more so.

Senior safety Evan Worthington has missed the last game and a half with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit with teammate Kyle Trego near the end of the first half Oct. 27 against Oregon State.

Since then, the Colorado defense has completely fallen apart.

“A guy that’s a pro football player, you’re going to miss him,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “That’s just the bottom line, but hopefully he’ll be back this week. We’ll see. Every pro scout that comes in here, all they do is ask me about him. He’s a pro football player.”

CU is hoping Worthington will return Saturday when it hosts No. 10 Washington State (8-1, 5-1) at Folsom Field.

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CU’s offense cannot waste red zone opportunities against WSU’s defense

From CUBuffs.com … From a statistical standpoint — especially the statistic that counts — Colorado’s offense is still enjoying a productive season.

The Buffs are averaging 32 points per game, third-best in the Pac-12. Even in their current four-game losing streak, they have averaged more than 25 points per game, with 34 in each of their last two outings. Nationally, the Buffs are still in the top half of the nation in passing offense (30th), scoring offense (41st) and total offense (43rd).

But, as Buffs quarterback Steven Montez said Tuesday, “We can do a better job. There are opportunities we’ve left on the field. If we can just take advantage of a few more of those opportunities, we could have another score or two a game and hit 40 (points). Football is a game of inches and we’re just a few inches away.”

Inches may be a stretch, but a few yards is by no means an exaggeration. The Buffs have knocked on the door of an opponent’s end zone multiple times during their current losing streak — only to see the door shut. That includes two first-down situations inside the Arizona 15-yard line last week that produced just three points, a first-and-goal at the Washington 8-yard line that yielded only a field goal, and a first-and-10 at the Oregon State 15 that also ended with a field goal.

Those are opportunities — if presented — the Buffs can’t afford to waste Saturday when they host No. 10 Washington State in a 1:30 p.m. game at Folsom Field (ESPN).

It won’t be easy. While it is WSU’s “Air Raid” offense that attracts most of the publicity, the Cougars’ defense is quietly having a very solid season. Washington State is fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, giving up just 23.8 points per game and fourth in total defense, yielding 327.1 yards per game.

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November 5th

… CU in a few minutes …

Injury update: Laviska Shenault back this weekend?

From the Daily Camera … Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault delivered a message on Instagram that should have Buffaloes fans excited.

“The return of 2Live ..” he posted Sunday night.

The star sophomore — who was once a Heisman Trophy candidate — has missed three games in a row, as the Buffaloes (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) continue to slide down the South division standings.

Getting Shenault back on the field would certainly help the Buffs’ quest to end their four-game losing streak. Head coach Mike MacIntyre, of course, was more cautious about the return of his best player.

“He’s still day to day,” MacIntyre said Monday. “He did a little bit (in Monday’s practice). We’ll just see. Hopefully we’ll get him back sometime before the year is over. I sure hope so.”

… MacIntyre also gave a “day to day” answer about receivers KD Nixon (hip) and Jay MacIntyre (concussion), who both left Saturday’s 42-34 loss to Arizona with injuries.

… MacIntyre said there “is a chance” that punter Alex Kinney comes back next year. The senior broke his collarbone against Nebraska and, as long as he doesn’t play in more than four games, could use this as a redshirt year. He’s only played in two games and it’s unclear if he’ll return this year. “It depends on how well he feels and how well he’s catching the ball on high snaps,” MacIntyre said …

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Mike MacIntyre post-practice talk with media (Mon.) (windy)

From YouTube, courtesy of BuffStampede.com:

Senior wide receiver Juwann Winfree: “We’re real hungry”

From the Daily Camera .. Juwann Winfree has waited a long time for an opportunity to be a focal point of the Colorado offense.

Kabion Ento’s opportunities have been even less frequent.

Although the Buffaloes lost at Arizona, 42-34, on Friday, the two seniors stepped up and proved they could be important players down the stretch.

Winfree led the Buffs (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) with a career-high eight catches and 101 yards. Ento, who had two receptions all season, finished with a career-high five catches for 82 yards.

“We’re hungry. We’re real hungry,” Winfree said. “We haven’t gotten much opportunities this season so far, so we were just ready to make those plays. We were preached to all week about how much we were going to have to make plays. This game was going to rely on the offense. That’s how we approached it day in and day out; just work hard as we could.”

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Neill Woelk: Ten Takeaways from Arizona game

From CUBuffs.com … It has now been approximately a month since Colorado began the pursuit of a sixth win and bowl eligibility.

It was, to say the least, a rough month. Mike MacIntyre‘s Buffs had their opportunities in every game in the stretch — including two games in which they had third-quarter leads — but were unable to seal the deal in any of those games.

Now, the team that was once 5-0 and ranked in the nation’s top 20 has dropped four straight. It means the Buffs (5-4 overall, 2-4 Pac-12) have had seven chances in the last two seasons to clinch bowl eligibility, and have come up short each time.

Their next opportunity comes Saturday, when CU plays host to No. 10 Washington State (8-1, 5-1) in a 1:30 p.m. game at Folsom Field. (Fun note: Washington State coach Mike Leach is 0-3 all-time in Boulder as a head coach, including an 0-2 mark with Texas Tech and an 0-1 record with WSU. He also lost in Boulder as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 1999.)

But years past won’t mean much Saturday. There are, however, are some things we learned from Friday night’s 42-34 Colorado loss at Arizona, as well as from around the Pac-12. Our weekly 10 Takeaways, and what they might mean for Colorado’s stretch run:

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November 4th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Pac-12 lines: Colorado a five-point underdog at home against No. 10 Washington State

From 5 Dimes … Pac-12 games:

— Colorado … a 5.0-point underdog at home against No. 10 Washington State … 1:30 p.m., MT, ESPN

— Utah … a 3.5-point favorite at home against Oregon … 3:30 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks

— Stanford … a 22.5-point favorite at home against Oregon State … 7:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks

— USC … a 5.5-point favorite at home against Cal … 8:30 p.m., MT, ESPN

— Arizona State … a 12.5-point favorite at home against UCLA … 12:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks

Buffs tuning out negativity – “I think the guys have stayed really positive inside the locker room”

From the Daily Camera … As the negative vibe continues to grow outside of the Colorado football program, the Buffaloes are doing their best to block it out from the inside.

“I think we’ve stayed positive,” quarterback Steven Montez said after the Buffaloes’ 42-34 loss at Arizona on Friday night.

CU (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) has lost four in a row after a great start to the season and is in danger of a complete unraveling. Injuries are mounting and so is frustration — within the team and among the fans — as the Buffs struggle to stop the bleeding.

“I don’t think there’s any negativity on our football team at all,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “They kept fighting and battling. They’re just all frustrated like we are (as coaches).

“I don’t see any negativity between the players, between the coaches and players. I don’t see an ounce of that. I just see a lot of guys frustrated that are trying to find a way to win a game. You like to see them frustrated and upset that they didn’t win. If it didn’t bother them, then I’d be really worried.”

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Washington State at No. 10 in poll; Washington in and Utah out of Associated Press poll

From CBS Sports … Georgia and West Virginia made key moves this week after a Saturday of statements across the country, each moving closer to the top of the rankings in the new AP Top 25.

The Bulldogs made a return to the top five of the poll after a dominant win at Kentucky, moving up one spot to No. 5 as they clinched the SEC East title and a spot in Atlanta against No. 1 Alabama — still the unanimous top team in the country according to the AP voters — in the SEC Championship Game.

West Virginia had one of the most significant jumps, up five spots into the top 10 at No. 7 after knocking off Texas on the road. The biggest jump of the week within the poll came from Syracuse and Boston College, up nine spots and seven spots respectively after Week 10 wins. No. 19 Florida and No. 21 Penn State each fell out of the top 15 after losses but remained in the top 25 thanks to other teams below them falling out of the rankings.

The last two weekends, 21 teams ranked in the AP Top 25 lost. The shuffling has created fluidity outside of the top 10, extending all the way down to the top dozen spots in Others Receiving Votes. Nearly all of the voters can agree on the teams at the top, but splitting hairs between two-loss and three-loss teams at this point in the season is more of an art than a science. With no real consensus not only on who those teams are but also the order, there are bound to be some interesting movements in and out of the polls.

Associated Press poll:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. West Virginia
8. Ohio State
9. LSU
10. Washington State … same position as last week
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Utah State
15. Texas
16. Fresno State
17. Boston College
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida
20. Washington … up six spots from last week
21. Penn State
22. NC State
23. Iowa State
24. Michigan State
25. Cincinnati

Others Receiving Votes: Utah (6-3) 110; Auburn (6-3) 93; Wisconsin (6-3) 37; Army West Point (7-2) 32; UAB (8-1) 31; Northwestern (5-4) 28; Iowa (6-3) 17; Boise State (7-2) 15; Purdue (5-4) 14; Buffalo (8-1) 11; Oregon (6-3) 9; San Diego State (7-2) 5; Duke (6-3) 4; Houston (7-2) 3; Texas A&M (5-4) 3; Texas Tech (5-4) 2

USA Today/Coaches’ poll

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Ohio State
8. West Virginia
9. Washington State … up two spots from last week
10. LSU
11. UCF
12. Kentucky
13. Syracuse
14. Boston College
15. Mississippi State
16. Utah State
17. Fresno State
18. Washington … up one spot from last week
19. Texas
20. Penn State
21. Florida
22. NC State
23. Cincinnati
24. Utah … down eight spots from last week
25. Iowa State

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan State (6-3) 144; Auburn (6-3) 106; Iowa (6-3) 87; Wisconsin (6-3) 64; UAB (8-1) 64; Oregon (6-3) 51; Houston (7-2) 41; Army West Point (7-2) 34; Buffalo (8-1) 22; Texas A&M (5-4) 16; San Diego State (7-2) 15; Purdue (5-4) 13; Boise State (7-2) 12; Duke (6-3) 11; Pittsburgh (5-4) 10; South Florida (7-2) 10; South Carolina (5-3) 7; Missouri (5-4) 2; Appalachian State (6-2) 2; Northwestern (5-4) 1; North Texas (7-2) 1

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41 Replies to “Colorado Daily – Washington State”

  1. Not FB related…happy for Jay Howell making the CU Hall of Fame. I was a big Howell fan growing up watching the A’s, he was nails for a few years…had no idea until now he was a Buff!!

  2. ………………………………………………Good Morning……………………………………………

    Go Buffs…………………………….. WacMac ….PLANK…… the Pirate.

    I believe.

    Uh Oh Buffalo

  3. Good for Mustafa getting recognition, including double teams and plays away with backside blocks. DC, fix it with twists, etc. OC’s made halftime adjustments to slow him down, that’s what coaches do…even HS coaches!

  4. Go Buffs.

    Hey only a couple of things have to happen for the Buffs to be south champs.
    1. Buffs win out
    2. USC lose to Cal and Ucla
    3. AZ lose to WSU and ASU
    4. Asu lose to Oregon or UCLA

    Hey it could happen.

    Go
    Buffs get the 6th please. It really is all that matters but oh how a clean sweep and clean de-sweep would fee.

    Note: Never forget October 27, 2018

  5. Good morning,

    Welp the Buffs don’t appear in any bowl projections that I viewed. What a damaging month of Mighty Buff Football.

    One win gets em eligible. Hopefully if they get that win, some low level bowl take them. As usual the key is the extra practices. Now it didn’t help them for 2017, cause the loss of the ‘Great DC’ and the mishandling of the Tumpkin incident by the pouting ‘unanimous coach of the year’ pretty much derailed the season and set the stage for what 2017 became.

    Welp please get #6. They deserve it.

    Buffs.

    Note: Get Chev back on the sidelines. Plenty of OC’s and HC’s call plays from the sidelines. Put Roper upstairs.

  6. Loss of Evan Worthington the last game-and-half has been very obvious. Seen a lot of very questionable safety play since then (even worse when his replacement was kicked out of Oregon state game for targeting).

    Will be curious if he actually gets drafted. People were talking about him a ton last year but he hasn’t been quite as obvious this year to me? Maybe that’s partially because the linebacker play has been so good that he didn’t need to do *quite* as much? After all, in the pass game the safety is the position you *don’t* want to be talking about all the time.

  7. Yo Stuart,
    I’m sort of assuming you get paid for the ads on your site. Just wondering if Lord MacIntyre’s personal promotional troll pays for his space too? I can’t imagine anyone spending that much time and energy researching and then denigrating good coaches and promoting a less than mediocre one year after year unless he was on someone’s payroll.

    Mike Leach has had 15 winning seasons in 17 years, but according to the troll the only reason he’s winning is because he got lucky this year with a quarterback.

    He apparently has all the time in the world to research other team’s fan boards, and then write long love letters to the greatness of Mickey Mac. Is Mac the only one? Or are their others paying the tab as well?

    The troll has denigrated Bill McCartney and Gary Barnett, and never said anything remotely close to a criticism of MacIntyre despite years of mediocrity. I wonder why that it? It certainly does not sound like someone who is a real fan of the Colorado Buffaloes.

    A week after blowing a 31-3 lead, Mac’s troll is pushing for a contract extension! At first I thought it must just be family, or friendship. But nobody spends so much time promoting mediocrity unless they are getting paid to do so.

    I wonder what the pay is like in the troll business? It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. “Are you a good witch or a bad witch (or in this case, troll)?

    I guess if you are Mike MacIntyre, he’s a good troll. If you are someone who wants what is best for the University of Colorado, he would be a bad troll.

    Trolling is common in college football. Say bad things about another school so potential recruits will not want to go to a rival. Make up good things about your own school to help prospective student athletes choose their school. The list goes on. But most of it is done by fans trying to support a school.

    I can’t imagine what the motivation is for MM’s publicist. Is it a percentage like an agent? Or a flat rate? Or maybe it’s by the post or the word. Who knows?

    Maybe the troll is right. Maybe we should up Mac’s pay to $10 Million a year and make him coach for life. But under no circumstances should we ever have any expectations of him other than enjoying the right to bask in his greatness. Some things are so exquisite that even the discussion of wins and losses are unacceptable. After all, the only reason he loses is because he is teaching us not to expect him to win. The desire to win is a shallow desire, right? Young men can only learn the harsh lessons of real life by coming out on the short end over and over in college. And, by the way, we should ban all criticism of the head coach.

    Welcome to the troll’s new world order of the Colorado Buffaloes and their esteemed and most honorable coach.

    1. Mark, I guess there goes the “mark replies and can carry a conversation mostly respectfully” bit. C’est la vie. I will reply more fully to your diatribe when not reading and typing on my phone.

      Great work though, really.

      Go Buffs

      1. Marky Mark, my man, lets go through your comments in turn, shall we?

        Yes, I sponsored Stu’s site for a year. Why? As a thank you for all the time he puts into this site, for our fun, without any remuneration. He does have a full time job, that, much like mine, affords him the balance between enough money and the time to enjoy it. Well done, Stu. The bill was based on standard online advertising metrics. For me, the exposure was secondary. I’m very fortunate to not need to advertise at all. My business has grown for the last 15+ years, even during the meltdown, by referrals and repeat clients. Why? Because we’re very good at what we do, helping our clients evaluate their options for one of their biggest financial decisions in their lives. How Stu chose to use those dollars from my sponsorship? I don’t know, but I have a sense that he plowed them right back into his passion play, CUatthegame.com. Stu, thanks again for doing what you do.

        As to spending my time researching? Not really. I just watch a lot of college football (really the only sport I watch) and the Pac 12 weekly stuff. And, since I grew up in Pullman, I have a lot of friends and family in the UW and Wazzu clans.

        As to Leach? You either don’t read, or don’t understand what I’ve said. I love the guy. I think he’s a good coach. I think he’s the best thing to happen to Pullman since I left. I hope he never leaves there. Yet, I am certain some day he will. After all, had he gotten his wish, he’d be at TN right now.

        However, it was our pal VK – whoever he is – who brought him up as an example of a “winner” presumably, who’d have been better in Boulder than Mac. To which I replied, yes, he’s winning, but, you’d dislike his post-game comments, because he’s all about player effort, execution and toughness. Every time. Basically, same as Mac, that drives whoever he is, and others crazy, but with more winning.

        And, all that aside, no way he’d ever be in Boulder, and… I don’t think he’d be a good fit there anyway, regardless of his coaching chops, for reasons I and others have pointed out.

        Denigrating coaches? That’s all you and your ilk do w/ Mac.

        As to McCartney, here’s my take: He won. I loved that. I was there for the glory days. But, personally he was a mess. He’s subsequently admitted the same – and left the program to try to work on that part of his life. However, how he left was in my opinion, not how a good, solid leader leaves a program. He basically walked out, and said “good luck guys”.

        Barnett. Love the guy. I love his commentary. He knows a world more about football than any of us. But, the reality is, he was a .500 coach, who benefited at CU from Rick’s recruits, and a very weak Big 12 North. And, he undid himself by being way too candid about his thoughts on the whole Hnida deal (whom he inherited, from Rick, as we know). As to the other allegations against the program at that time? We can skip that. 70-3 was bad enough. Was I on the fire Barnett bandwagon? Nope. But, I certainly understood the decision to move on.

        As to my promoting mediocrity? Yeah. Ok.

        What I’m promoting – or trying to but clearly it escapes you and those who don’t think Mac’s the guy – is a broader view, with a rational perspective, that includes a lot more than immediate gratification/results.

        Taking that view, from the dumpster fire that was CU football when he took over, he’s done remarkably well. I don’t need to rehash that side of the ledger.

        Now, the knocks are – as you constantly run out there – he hasn’t won the big game. True. He has not – yet – gotten to winning consistently. Also true. But, that does not mean he cannot, nor will not. Well, unless you believe in the fabled Peter Principle, but if you do, when did VK peter out, when he medically retired? How ’bout you? We can all continue learning and growing, and improving our craft. It’s about working at it.

        Now, back to Mac, I mean, if he wins this weekend, then what? Does that flip your entire narrative on its head? No. But, it’s just another small step, in the right direction. Same thing if he gets to a bowl at 6-6, or 7-5, whether by winning Saturday or against UU or Cal. That’s two bowls in three years, after the “lost decade” of CU football. I call that progress.

        Alongside that, who would be on your short list of coaches to replace him this year?

        As I pointed out the other day, by and large, new coaching hires are “failures”. More than 2/3 of the hires in 2012 had losing records similar to, or worse than Mac’s, without actually closing the “competitive gap” improving their rosters, and competing for division and conference championships. And of the 1/3 that did, several would have never, ever considered coming to CU, and others subsequently flamed out.

        Couple that with the state of the programs those coaches inherited, relative to Mac. Again, to me, he’s done a pretty good job.

        Could he do more and be better? Absolutely. And, I know he’s working on it tirelessly.

        You were presumably at the OSU game, hopefully proudly wearing your CU gear, as you no doubt were the day after, lamenting that nobody else was, so you didn’t see this. When they were talking about OSU’s last road win in Boulder, they showed a picture of Mac. It was four years ago, but looked as if he’d aged 10+ years. Why? Because the dude works his ass off trying to turn the program we all love around, and bring it the success we crave. That’s stressful, and it shows. Regardless of wins and losses.

        Now, you seem to like to harp on the fact that “well, he gets paid $2million/yr, so, whatever, suck it up”. Fair enough. But, to think the guy’s not working his ass off, for our beloved Buffs, is crazy talk. And, you may then claim that his work is fruitless, and he’s a failure. Well, to that I respond he’s failed on way fewer of the program – and his – stated goals than he’s succeeded with.

        And lastly, whether he is around in 2019 or not, the roster is set up to do pretty well, in my opinion. Again, to me, he deserves the opportunity to take that team to the next level, given what he’s done so far. Clearly you disagree. But, you cannot even seem to give him credit for all the things he’s done well during his tenure at CU.

        That’s my point. It ain’t all one-sided, my man. Look at the whole picture. Thankfully, Rick George does. It’ll be interesting to see how the season plays out, and what moves – if any – Mac and/or RG make to the CU football program.

        Now as to my calling your rant a diatribe? Vk – whoever he is – may have needed to pull up a dictionary to understand the word, but, I’ll do it for him: Diatribe: a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something

        That sounds exactly like what you foisted upon me, above. You used to support your opinions occasionally with some facts.

        Last night’s rant was all about me, with nothing more than baseless personal attacks. Well played. Right into a diatribe.

        See you next time, Mark.

        Go Buffs.

        1. Yo Eric,
          Please re-read what I wrote. I don’t see your name in there anywhere. But as an old fisherman, I decided to go fishing for trolls. In the fishing game, it’s called trolling. So I set the bait, and it appears you took it hook, line and sinker.

          You use my name in your personal attack, however. And I’m not an “unknown” — all you have to do is click on my name and it will take you to MY website about the Buffs. On that site it will tell you everything I’ve said publicly about Colorado and MacIntyre over the last six years.

          The original site, Colorado Buffaloes Watch (buffwatch.blogspot.com) was replaced this year with GoldenBuffs.com.

          My first article about MacIntyre was “A New Dawn for Colorado Buffs Football” on buffwatch. Go back and read that and move forward in time to catch yourself up.

          I have written many article praising MacIntyre and others in the coaching staff over the years when it was deserved. As an old journalist I believe in calling them like I see them. I gave praise when I though it was warranted and criticized when I thought it was deserved.

          This year, even as the Buffaloes started 5-0, I felt something nagging in back of my brain. It was an expectation for the other shoe to drop. And as I feared, it has.

          As a corporate manager and business owner for many years, there was a principle aware of about management styles. Relax, it’s not the Peter Principle.

          It’s the awareness that employees sometimes fight back against bad managers by lessening their productivity. They don’t lower it enough to jeopardize their own jobs, but collectively they lower it enough that the manager gets rightfully fired.

          One of the management types this happens to with some frequency is the manager who wants to take all the credit and blames everyone else but himself. I fear that this is happening now in the University of Colorado football program.

          So, go back and read what I have written. You will see that my feelings about MacIntyre are an evolution of thought and time and experience.

          It’s not personal regarding MacIntyre. I don’t know him. I don’t care what his personal, family, or religious beliefs are. They don’t matter to me in the least.

          All I want from a football coach at MY school is that the run a clean program and that they WIN. Period.

          As for Bill McCartney, he is a man I greatly respect. He was one of the most prominent men in college football. He won a National Championship and coached a Heisman Trophy winner.

          But to Bill McCartney, football was NOT the most important thing in his life. So he walked away at the height of his career to focus on his family and religion.

          Bill was a fisher of men. Tens of thousands of men gathered to hear McCartney talk about devotion to family and god. If that made him a “mess” as you put it, that reflects more on you than him.

          As for me, you will probably not find a more non-religious guy. But I have studied religions and have had great fun with religious debates with people I’ve met around the world. I mostly don’t agree with what many folks “preach” but I do respect those who actually try to use their beliefs to be better people.

          McCartney’s attempt to do better in his personal and religious life led him to walk away from his job as a coach. And let’s not forget, Boulder was not easy on Bill. He was excoriated unmercifully by many in Boulder for his religious beliefs. I remember hearing two women talk on the Pearl Street Mall, and commenting about missing being able to complain about McCartney praying. It’s a strange world.

          But, to end, let’s talk about football.

          Like I said before, win and run a clean program. That’s all I want. If MacIntyre can only do one of those two things, he needs to go. Remember in business the old adage, “it’s a lot harder to get a customer back after they’ve moved on than to keep them happy in the first place.”

          Right now, the customers (fans) are not happy.

          Mark/GoldenBuffs/Boulderdevil

          1. Mark, I’ve read your stuff, since you pointed it out a while back. I have not done a deep dive though. Nor have I checked out the latest iteration, since you went to GoldenBuff.

            As to “setting the bait” so, y’er sayin’ you weren’t specifically trying to bait me? Fair enough, but I’m not buying it. You clearly had “Eric Bait” on the line. So yes, I’ll bite.

            Regardless, your post above is much more in keeping with the dialog you and I have had in the past. No personal attacks. Just points supporting your opinion/s. I appreciate that.

            Allow me to reply, in turn. After all, that’s why I’m here – well, one reason – is to read about my Buffs, and enjoy some discussions. As well as to pass time, between helping my clients, and otherwise enjoying life. Not to berate, nor be berated for expressing opinions. However, I would really like VK to come clean and tell us who he is now. I think it would be hilarious. I know he never will, but I’ll keep trying.

            And, as I’ve said before, we may never change anyone’s minds, but… the conversation can be fun.

            I shared your sentiment that at 5-0, the team wasn’t as good as their record. In fact, I said it after the Nebraska game, in that we’d learn whether that was a good win, against a good team (beefy linemen and all) or? Something else. Turns out, it was a little of both. A great win, particularly for a program still trying to find its footing, but… Nebraska was also not quite the team people thought they might be. Nevertheless, to go into that place and steal the win, coming from behind, was a great step in the right direction. Some might even call that a pretty big-time win, even if not against a ranked foe.

            Then, at 5-0, teasing our pal VK who likes to use the ol’ “you are what your record says you are” to support his view of Mac not cutting it at CU, I employed the same line. But, I also qualified it with a “not quite”. They were not a 5-0 like Bama, to use a clear example. They were not as good as their record said they were. So, I shared your trepidation.

            Nevertheless, at USC, they gave themselves a chance to win that game. More so in Seattle. And, in Seattle, although many crowed about the game plan, play calls, etc. I actually thought it was great. They chose, knowingly, to run the ball and slow the pace from Folsom Fast. They chose to employ that tactic, rather than trying to go fast, throwing the ball all over the yard, into the teeth of one of the best secondaries in the country, using their second and third string receivers. I call that a good coaching decision by Chev, Klayton, and Mac et al. Maybe you disagree. But? It actually almost worked.

            OSU – complete bust. Nobody disputes that. But? That happens. Particularly in college football. We see it almost every weekend. Even Gary Barnett said “if you’ve not had a loss like that, you’ve not coached long enough yet”.

            AZ? Super tough. Injuries? Sure. But nobody cares. And again, they had ample opportunities to win that one, too.

            I’m sure you’ve not forgotten the times not too long ago, when even making a game competitive was really never happening? I see those gut-wrenching losses we got this year, as tough as they are, as progress from the not too distant, and also pretty distant – like the lost decade distant – past.

            As to McCartney, I respect him in some ways – his ability to motivate, for one – and certainly for what he brought to CU football; but in others he was a less than stellar example, and could be considered somewhat of a hypocrite. The fact that he left coaching to work on his “mission” both personal and through his organization is commendable. But, I think he could’ve gone about it in a way that would’ve set the program up for success, rather than a lost decade of futility (although it did take some time to fully unwind). Again, those are just my opinions, and can certainly be debated.

            Gary I think was unfairly persecuted, to a large extent, in Boulder, particularly at the end.

            But, as it relates to football, no 5th down, and no Natty – sadly; and with Gary, he’s still a .500 coach, and I think it’s hard to argue that the Big 12 North was a very weak division in a pretty weak conference that may have inflated his results during his tenure at CU. Enter 70-3.

            Hawkins: Don’t look now, but he’s winning again. Sure, it’s at UC Davis, but? Whatever.

            Hey, there’s Bienemy! Is he now an offensive guru? Is he living off a great talent in Patrick Mahomes? Maybe a bit of both? Regardless, I’m sure he’s a better coach than he was in his stint at CU. Would I want him to come back? Probably not. Not sure he would either. In many ways, coaching professionals is a lot easier than college kids.

            I think my perspective on religion is very much in line with yours. But? To each their own. Mac wearing his on his sleeve, and building his program around his faith is his prerogative. And, it’s not uncommon in that profession. Some toe that line much more than others, as we’ve seen over, and over again. I appreciate that Mac toes it to the fullest; is it my cup of turf? Not really. But I’m not playing for him. And, I’d think his personal beliefs are part of what made it extra painful around the Tumpkin debacle. But, my guess is he asked Joe. Joe denied it to the hilt. He forwarded it up the food chain. The rest is history.

            Coaching D1 football is hard. Finding those “winners” is a lot harder than it seems, and progress is not always linear.

            In my mind, Mac has made progress in way, way more areas than where he’s not. Even counting wins and losses.

            Is he where any of us want to be, most of all him, in that regard? No. But, I do believe he’s working tirelessly to get there. And, the team still shows up and fights their ass off for him. Maybe, with his starting secondary and receivers, the W/L story is different? And, although nobody cares, it’s hard to argue that even the 2nd and 3rd string guys are so much better than those tiers were just three years ago. 2016, even. Had they lost starters that year, at this year’s clip, would they have gotten 10 wins? Maybe not.

            If it were easy to go get the next Urban Meyer or whomever, everyone would be doing it.

            Heck, look at Kentucky and Stoops. Patience seems to be paying off for them. Yes, you can argue that he’s at least had bowl eligible seasons more than Mac. True enough. But, you have to acknowledge in that same vein that the bottom of the SEC – let alone their non-con scheduling – may have more to do with that bowl eligibility, relative to playing in the Pac 12, than any coaching chops.

            As to the “customers” at CU not being happy? Yes, some are pissed. EP won’t be happy until we’re chronically in the top 10. VK – whoever he is – it seems will never be happy. You’re not happy. Others aren’t happy, but are willing to ride out the storm that has become this year (including a good friend, and alum, who spent a bunch of years working with Marolt and considers him a mentor; yeah, that Bill Marolt). Others, firmly believe Mac’s still the guy.

            Personally, I don’t think the few hundred people like us who post here chronically (and really, the chronic posters are a few dozen) are indicative of Buff Nation as a whole. But, I could be wrong.

            As to my opinion on Mac, clearly, I’m in the spectrum of those willing to ride out the storm that has become this season, giving him the benefit of the doubt that he can be the guy to take our beloved program to the next level.

            So far, his track record says he has as good a shot as anyone, at least that CU would be able to bring in (which has to be part of the calculus). And, he’s worked his ass off to get them to this point, and in my opinion, deserves the opportunity to get them over the hump. But, that’s my opinion.

            Looking forward to watching a good game Saturday. Here’s to our Buffs pulling off an upset, and getting Mac’s first “big win” against a ranked opponent.

            If he wins out, he’ll get that opportunity to get over that hump. If he doesn’t? We’ll see what Mr. George thinks. Again, I’m glad I’m not an AD. My life is way too good, and way too easy, and way too stress free to deal with that – particularly since most of the AD’s job is now running around, glad-handing, looking for money. Such is the way of college sports.

            But, it’s still a bit mind-boggling to me that CU has never been able to pull in that massive benefactor. It’s not like we don’t have plenty of highly successful and wealthy alumns, but… that’s a whole other discussion.

            Catch ya next time, Mark.

            Go Buffs.

        1. Yes, a cogent argument nary any personal attacks is exactly what you predicted. Oh wait. No it’s not.

          Who are you, anyway? What are you afraid of, my man? Come out, come out, whoever you are.

          Go Buffs.

          1. I’m WacMac. A midland coach responding to a midland troll.

            Hey, since you are so powerful tell Stu that everyone on this board has to identify themselves…………….Hmm

            I gave you my name do the work.
            Buffs.

            Note: Clearly you are using the “identify Yourself” as a deflector in answering the question brought on by you.

            Why does the Pirate have a bettering record than WacMac?

            Come on get out of the diaper hamper. Man up.

            buffs

    2. Mark,

      There ya go. Yur a diatribe guy now. You can’t disagree or challenge the footman and get away with it.

      Good luck and be prepared to get asked to provide lots of irrelevant data, come clean on who you really are, and most of all double talk deflection, teflon attitude and be asked again to bow to his highness.

      Good luck man

      Note: And it is never her fault it goes off the rails……..“mark replies and can carry a conversation mostly respectfully” bit.

      There ya go you already been put in one of her kornholes

      1. Hey VK – whoever you are – Mark at least doesn’t hide behind chat room anonymity. I’m not sure why he changed his handle from Boulderdevil to Golden Buff, but whatever.

        And, by all means, we can all disagree. I just ask you guys to support your opinions with facts and details. You never do. Haven’t for a decade, probably more. Your first resort, is pretty much to go into “diatribe” mode, rather than actually supporting your opinions.

        Why is that? Come on, whoever you are, show yourself. What are you afraid of?

        Go Buffs

        1. Yo footman. So you know who Mark is? Can you call him? Visit him? No?
          You have his name. Go find out about him

          You have my name. Go find out.

          Good luck.

          Buffs.

          Note: Can you do it?

  8. Whoever you are, you continue to simply not get it. It’s classic.

    You have to go to 2017 (or one game in 2018) to hear the real Leach post-game comments, because that’s when they’ve lost. Yeah, he sounds very nice about his players when they’re winning. So did Mac. Simple.

    I’d like for you to go find any post-game comments from Leach after a loss where he doesn’t talk about lack of execution or toughness of his players.

    Here are just a few more where he does exactly that:
    After the USC loss this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUyelpEEEQ you will know doubt cling to the “it was just a play; in hindsight I wish it was a different play, but in hindsight I wish a lot of plays were different”. But, you have to also remember that in Leach’s offense, the QB calls the plays at the line.

    After the 37-3 Cal game last year https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/watch-mike-leachs-post-game-press-conference-cal-loss-must-watch/ from which there’s this gem: “We didn’t play good in any aspect of the game,” Leach said. “Cal out-coached us; Cal out-played us at every position that I saw. There may be an exception, but I don’t think there is. Every position I saw Cal out-played us. They wanted to win more than we did. They tried harder than we did. They tried more consistently than we did. Our guys just sauntered around out there on the field like we’d accomplished something, which obviously is false. And Cal certainly illustrated that.” Again, you will cling to the “they out-coached us” line. But, that’s a tiny part of Leach’s post-game comments. Mac’s said they have to coach better at times too.

    But, as it comes to Leach, find any post-game comments after a loss where he does not put it on the players lack of execution, toughness and effort. Please.

    Once again, you’re taking a guy you like – Leach – and cherry picking what you like about them to fit your narrative. Easy to do when he’s at 8-1. Hey, why don’t we have Saban coaching at CU?

    As to why I didn’t read or take part in Howell’s chat yet, I’ll get to it. Yesterday was a busy day. But again, people have their opinions. Some of us back up our opinions with facts. You really don’t. Which must be exactly why you’re never going to stand by your opinions by actually showing us who you really are. If you actually stood by what you spew, you’d tell us who you are. Who are you, anyway?

    Go Buffs

    1. Still waiting……….for the answer

      Why does leach have a winning record and Mac 1/2 does not. Details please. There must be a reason? And you must know it?

      Why did Leach have 3 losing seasons (12-25 and 7-20) like Mac (10–27 and 2-25), but the next 3
      seasons Leach goes (24 -12 and 19-8 which one would expect Mac to do cause he is a better coach, has better facilities, has better players, has better coaches

      Please explain why this did not happen. And why Leach is having a great season and Mac is having his normal season?

      See facts are facts. Mac has an idol. This idol says “you are what your record says you are”

      Go Buffs………Beat the pirate……….

      Note: Don’t get off course now……………This was the original info I wanted from footman of Lord Mac. You went drifting off into links to press conferences…………..etc etc.

      Note 2: Yup coaches are mean human beings. But you have to see through what they say to see what they really are.

      Note 3: Your knowing who I am is not relevant. Just answer the Questions. I may be Q?

      1. Been waiting for your specific answers for years. Why is leach winning this year? One word: Minshew.

        Answer this, why don’t you tell us who you are, and stand by your opinions,!instead of hiding in chat room anonymity?

        Go Buffs

        Go Buffs

        1. Yur dancing.

          6 years. Why does lord mac have a losing record and Leach have a winning record?

          Never mind. I know. Mac is a lousy head coach. Wait that’s wrong. Mac is a midland head coach who came into a situation that was great for him. No expectations. Made a ton of money. Got new facilities. Got to watch his son play. Had one winning season thanks to the DC and some good players. But now. Now Mac is Mac . There are expectations. Pressure. Demands. He just doesn’t have it. Even if the team carries him to 8 and 4 (Have they really lost 4 in a row?) The Die cast. Peaked. Peter Principle in full force. (2 years ago as I called it)

          It’s over.

          Buffs.

          Note: Boy now the injury excuse is being played by Mac big time. He’s always got em and uses em well no don’t he?

          Note 2: Who am I ? I am the storm.

      2. Moreover, the point I was making is that leach, like Mac, makes success or failure all about the players. Now, if you want to ask why leach has a winning record? Fine. Why does saban? How ‘bout urb?

        And, in all those cases, it is moot, because none of them would ever coach at CU. And, in the case of leach, as much as his counterculture style “might” fit at CU, there is no way the rest of his act would. Particularly his lack of community involvement.

        So, how bout this, who would your short list of coaches to replace Mac be?

        Care to stand by that one, whoever you are? I doubt it. Show yourself. Go ahead. I bet you won’t.

        Go Buffs

        1. You keep changing the point. Dancing the dance. Afraid to admit you are wrong. A pedestrian troll.

          I don’t need to supply you anything. I can tell you who isn’t on the short list. Mac. And that is good enough for me. He flimflammed his way into and extension. Took advantage of people and the situation.

          Buffs.

          Note: PETER ALWAYS WINS. Look at yourself.

          Note 2: Who am I? You don’t want to know.

          1. There he is. Saying a lot of words, but saying nothing, hiding behind his bogus veil of anonymity. Like most blow-hards, you got nuttin’. If you did, you’d show yourself and stand up for what you believe in. Or supposedly believe in. But, that would be too much for you to handle, clearly. Why don’t you come clean to us all? What are you afraid of?

            Go Buffs

    2. You need to read Howell’s chat. If the slide continues, and even if the Buffs go 6-6 and get into the tupper ware bowl he thinks MM will be gone. Not sure how the Leach thing makes MM look better.
      Not sure why finishing last again in the conference makes him look good period. I myself am about one more wildcat away from emailing Rick myself.
      Is this desperate, hysteric and continuous defense of the coaching staff just because you are having a war with VK? You keep asking VK who he is. I think a better question would be what is your personal connection with the coaches?

      1. I’ll get back to you tomorrow too. Too much to unpack and reply to on typo driven phone typing.

        And, regardless of your opinions, you should email rick. You might be surprised by his response.

        Go Buffs

        1. I can pretty much predict what his canned response will be. He isnt about to expose his hand to response emails from disgruntled fans. Any statement of weight will come as a public one. Aside from that your chronic approval of chronic losing is getting drowned out.

      2. Hey EP, it is what it is.
        Can’t expect much more from the “footman” of lord mac 1/2.

        Anyway, I expect the players to gut out a victory and get that bowl. As i mentioned before, Chev needs to be on the sideline to rally the O. Adams can’t do it. Roper would be better upstairs. We will see if this team can handle the “dymanic situation” of the coaching change.

        Buffs.

        See ya

      3. EP – I read Howell’s chat. Again, it’s his belief aka opinion, that if the slide continues Mac will – and should – get fired. I disagree – well, depending on the nature of the slide, if there is in fact a continued slide – as I’ve pointed out.

        The Leach thing I tagged into only to point out he has as much “blame the players” talk as Mac. Maybe more. It’s actually how most coaches are. Did you watch Whittingham’s post-game presser after their loss Saturday? Lots of “we had opportunities to make plays, and didn’t make them”. So, I think it’s funny that you guys rail against Mac for that, then turn around and point to “better” coaches (who may in fact be better coaches, I bring you Nick Saban, as Exhibit A) who say the same things. Hard to find that w/ Saban because he doesn’t lose, but… even in wins he dumps on his players.

        As to the “desperate, hysteric and continuous defense of the coaching staff” again, I just try to point to a broader picture. I could say “in your desperate, hysteric, and continuous bashing of the coaching staff” as well.

        My personal connection w/ the coaches, is probably not much deeper, or no deeper than yours. I love my alma mater, and want the football program to get back to regular top 20 finishes, and having periodic opportunities to compete for National Championships. Having said that, we all know even those are lofty goals. How many teams have competed for national championships in the last decade? Seems like about eight. That leaves like 120 that had no shot. As much as I’d like to see regular top 10 finishes, given the 100yr+ history of CU football, I don’t hang my happiness on that happening, though.

        Here’s to hoping they win out. 8-4 would be awesome. 7-5? Ok. 6-6? Meh. 5-7? No good, but? May still be better to give Mac another year with the program he’s rebuilt, than trying to find “that guy” who may or may not be better than “this guy”. I tell you what, I’m glad it’s RG’s call, not mine.

        Go Buffs

  9. Seriously, Leach would never survive in Boulder w/his Trump leaning political views that he is free to share in Pullman (where they: a) agree w/most of what he says, b.) no one else notices b/c he is in Pullman—think Northern Wyoming:) No question as Wilner’s poll earlier this year showed that Leach does THE MOST with the LEAST in the conference. Everyone knows that….so why is he still in Pullman??? See the above.

    1. Never said I wanted leach. Just pointing out to the footman that he does do more with less. The footman says this year is because of one guy. Ignorant with a lack of understanding of the game. Replaced 7 coaches star oline and dline guys and is still kicking arse. Why is Mac not doing more with more? Asking for a fan base of friends.

      Buffs.

      Note: Now don’t misunderstand. I want the Buffs to pound WSU, win their last 3 games, get a bowl, and if things fall right go to the pac12 championship game and win it. I hope the players carry mac all the way there cause he cannot get it done.

  10. Jay MacIntyre needs to just medically retire from football. Right now. He has had way too many concussions in a short amount of time. Feel awful for him.

  11. 5 points? Amazing. This would be the perfect turnaournd game to win. Mein Gott it could happen. The ol ball has to bounce in the Buffs direction at some point. This could light the fire and save the season. It really could. I hope it does.

    Go Buffs:

    Note: So……………..Mike Leach does it again: Has Washington State in the Top 10 and at 8-1, in control of the North. This, with 7 new coaches (including DC) and a transfer QB. Replacing a record-setting QB, top 2 WR’s, All-American OL, and All-American DL from 2017 team.

    1. Leach is killing it in Pullman. He struck gold with Minshew. Goes to show what a difference some players really can make. It is great to see. You would hate his pressers though. It is all about players’ effort and execution. Every time. You might also have not liked him flirting with another team. But the winning, you would like.

      Go Buffs.

      1. Great pressers from Leach.
        Always positive about the players. Rags em but never blames them for the loss

        Win or lose a leader at work.

        I like the leadership.

        3 years to turn it around
        Then 4 years of building on it ……………….34 and 14 (24-9)

        Yup ya gotta get the kids, even though they change each year. (you always used that excuse for Mac not doing well cause of the players and then blaming 2017 on losing all those players from 2016)
        And once ya get em ya gotta coach em up and build em into a team and …………………….WIN.

        Why can’t Mac 1/2 do it and Leach can?

        Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

        Buffs

        1. Hmmmm is right, either you don’t have pac12 network, or you really don’t know what you are talked no about, again. Here is just one example: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/14/john-blanchette-mike-leach-steals-the-show-after-t/

          There are more. Like after every game, but especially when they lose.

          As their best guy notes: the players were trying to do too much; the players were trying to be perfect rather than just playing and the players aren’t tough enough.

          Care to try again, whoever you are?

          Now, I love leach; but he’d be terrible in Boulder, and besides all that, my point is that he puts it all on the players. 100% of the time. Much like the guy you hate, Macintyre.

          Go Buffs.

          1. hahahahahahahah… dig up a 2017 article…………Mein Gott………….. Care to try again………… we know who you are.

            Tell me why leach has a winning record and mac 1/2 does not.

            Did you even read the article………………………?
            “But, hey, he won the press conference. Some folks think that’s as good as winning the game..”

            Why does mac not have a winning record and and leach does.

            “A) The players were trying to do too much.
            B) The players were trying to be too perfect and not letting it rip (which is either the same thing or something completely different).
            C) The players aren’t tough.”
            The last one seems to be his favorite, as it implies how tough he is and clears the decks for him to go all hard-core in the ensuing week and beyond. But he knows to use it sparingly – maybe just once a year,

            Really did you read it…………Their best guy didn’t say it…………it was a reporter………. Don’t you get the ol jist here?

            So answer the question
            Why can’t mac 1/2 do what Leach has done?

            players go players come coaches too.

            So? It’s easy …………Mac appears to be a nice family man………………but………………he is a lousy head coach.

            Where is the beef……………..? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

            Yur dancing like loan shark who got caught with the ol kickernator routine eh.
            Dinglenator your love for the losers is neat.

            Nah Mac 1/2 is the great deflector, the teflon man. Leach sucks it all in takes it and jumble it back out. He is tremendous…….. Would he flop in Boulder. Nope. He would be a superstar here……..PC your Butt.

            Buffs.
            Note: Make sure you read Howell chat…………….Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
            I notice you didn’t bring up any howell stuff this week. You musta read it.

            Note: Whoever I am is someone you should know.

          2. Howdy, whoever you are. So, you think Howell’s chat supports your narrative? I could pull out 10 quotes from Brian and 10 from fans that actually speak to your “Mac sucks fire him” narrative, or my “Mac’s actually doing pretty well, all things considered” narrative. So, what else you got, that you’ll actually stand by? Well, nothing. You’ll remain in your veil of anonymity. Why is that? What are you afraid of, in letting us know who you really are? I’m asking for a friend.

            Go Buffs

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