Sunday Afternoon Quarterback


… Game Three … Colorado 45, New Hampshire 14 … 

— CU rushing offense v. New Hampshire rushing defense —

By the numbers … A week after posting a total of 44 rushing yards on 35 carries against Nebraska, the Buffs had 311 rushing yards on 51 attempts against New Hampshire. Travon McMillian had a career-high 162 yards on only ten carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter. Beau Bisharat added his career-best 92 yards on 13 carries, while Alex Fontenot (eight carries for 25 yards) and Kyle Evans (25 yards on five carries) each chipped in a rushing touchdown.

Grade: B … It’s difficult to quibble with an offense which produces over 300 yards of rushing offense, but there are some other numbers which are more unsettling. After one quarter, CU’s rushing totals: four carries for minus-11 yards and two sacks. Even at the half, the Buffs were only up to 17 carries for 68 yards. If the Buffs have similar slow starts against Pac-12 foes, there could be different results on the scoreboard.

— CU passing offense v. New Hampshire passing defense —

By the numbers … In one half of work, Steven Montez completed 14-of-19 passes for 166 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. In the second half, Sam Noyer completed three-of-five passes for 14 yards, together with an interception which was returned for a touchdown.

Grade: C+ … Steven Montez was sacked twice in the first quarter, when the Buffs opened almost exclusively through the air (nine of the first ten play calls were passes). Montez played better in the second quarter, but his last pass of the day was an interception in the end zone just before halftime. Sam Noyer was given little opportunity to throw in the second half, but did throw an ugly pick-six which gave New Hampshire its first points of the game.

— CU rushing defense v. New Hampshire rushing offense —

By the numbers … A week after Nebraska went for 329 yards rushing on 54 attempts (6.1 yards per carry), the Wildcats managed only 42 yards on 31 carries (1.4 yards per carry). Even taking into account the 33 yards lost to sacks, New Hampshire was held to 75 yards rushing.

Grade: A- … New Hampshire came into the game against Colorado struggling to run the football, and they did not disappoint. The Wildcats ran ball on first down 11 times during the game … and averaged 1.2 yards per carry on those rushes. The longest runs of the day were all by backups in the second half, when the outcome of the game was no longer at issue.

— CU passing defense v. New Hampshire passing offense — 

By the numbers … Quarterback Christian Lupoli made his second career start in Boulder, and did not have a great day. Lupoli completed 13-of-31 passes for 160, one touchdown and one interception. Tommy Herion came in late, completing three-of-eight passes for 68 yards, which included a 37-yard completion in the final minute of play.

Grade: A- … Lupoli was sacked five times, and his interception came on the first series of the game, setting up the Buffs for their first touchdown. Neil O’Conner, the preseason All-American wide receiver, had five receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, but 71 of those yards came on his touchdown catch late in the third quarter, with the Buffs ahead at the time, 38-7.

— CU special teams — 

By the numbers … In his first game as the starter (replacing Alex Kinney, who is out 3-4 weeks with a broken collarbone), Davis Price had five punts for a 38.6 yard average. Price also continue to handle the kickoff duties, with six of eight kickoffs going for touchbacks. James Stefanou, who is still nursing a groin injury, was only called upon for one field goal attempt, a 19-yard chip shot late in the third quarter, with the Buffs already up 35-7.

Grade: B- … Until or unless someone instructs Ronnie Blackmon to stop fielding punts on the bounce, and to never, ever field a punt inside the CU five yard line, this unit will never receive an A grade. By my count, Blackmon has fielded five punts inside the Buff five-yard line, and, against New Hampshire, it cost the Buffs. Blackmon muffed the punt, and barely got out of the end zone, setting up the CU offense at their one yard line. Two plays later, Sam Noyer threw a pick-six, giving New Hampshire its first points of the game.

Overall Grade: B+ … If you bet on the Buffs, you are not happy with the result. Colorado was a 35-point favorite to beat New Hampshire, and only won by 31 points. The Buffs did surrender 14 points to a Wildcat team which had only scored a combined ten points against Maine and Colgate, and the CU offense did struggle in the first quarter.

But that picking nits … Rick Gamboa intercepted New Hampshire quarterback Christian Lupoli on the first series of the game, with Laviska Shenault finding the end zone three plays later. From that point on, the result of the game was never seriously in doubt. Buff fans can quibble with the Buffs’ first quarter, but the score was 28-0 at the break, allowing CU to substitute freely in the second half. A total of 27 defensive players registered stats against New Hampshire, and, while it may not always have been pretty, that extra playing time for the backups could well play dividends for the Buffs down the road.


Pac-12 Power Rankings

Note … These are my subjective Power Rankings, which will be updated every Sunday. (Please feel free to post your own rankings in the comments section) …

12. UCLA … Ranking last weekend: 11

This weekend … UCLA fell at home to Fresno State, 38-14. After falling behind 16-0, the Bruins made it a 16-14 game early in the third quarter. From there, Fresno State dominated, out-scoring UCLA 22-0 the rest of the way. With the loss, UCLA is 0-3 for the first time since 1971. “No one feels sorry for you,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “We knew this was a really good football team coming in. We knew that it’s one of the best teams in the Mountain West and we had to be prepared to play, and obviously they did a better job.”


Up next … Bye … next week … at Colorado (Friday, Sept. 28th, 7:00 p.m., MT, FS1)

11. Arizona … Ranking last weekend: 12

This weekend … The Wildcats (1-2) won their first game of the season, routing Southern Utah, 62-31. Kahlil Tate threw for five touchdowns and a career-best 349 yards. Still, this game was tied at 17-17 until Arizona scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. The weekend before, Oregon State played Southern Utah … and led 41-7 at halftime.

Arizona travels to Corvallis this weekend, in a battle which will either help right the Wildcats ship, or sink them before the calendar turns to October.

Up next … at Oregon State, 2:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks

10. Oregon State … Ranking last weekend: 10

This weekend … Oregon State’s road losing streak was extended to 21 games with a 37-35 loss to Nevada. The Beavers fell behind the Wolfpack, 30-7, with 10:16 left … in the second quarter … before launching a furious comeback. Oregon State would have gotten out of Reno with a win, but kicker Jordan Choukair missed a 33-yard field goal attempt with four seconds remaining.

“We had a chance,” said first-year Beavers coach Jonathan Smith, who was the starting quarterback at Oregon State last time it played Nevada in 1999. “That’s a good football team and that’s a good offense. We had our chance and we just couldn’t take advantage of it.”

Up next … Arizona, 2:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks

9. USC … Ranking last weekend: 3

This weekend … Easily the most talented team in the Pac-12 South, USC has played poorly the past two weekends. After falling to Stanford, 17-3, last weekend, the Trojans laid an egg in Austin, falling to Texas, 37-14. A preseason Top 15 team, the Trojans dropped out of the polls this weekend. True freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels passed for 322 yards, but the Trojans were held to minus-5 yards rushing. Texas made USC one-dimensional and turned its defense loose, USC coach Clay Helton said.

“They wanted to see what J.T. could do in the passing game and forced our hand,” Helton said.

Up next … Washington State, Friday, 8:30 p.m., MT, ESPN

8. Utah … Ranking last weekend: 7

This weekend … It’s hard to fault a team for losing to Washington. The Utes fell at home to the Huskies, 21-7, and, as is often the case, the Utah defense gave the team a chance at a victory. The Utah offense, however, just couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities it was presented. Utah has now scored a grand total of two offensive touchdowns against FBS opponents, including just one offensive touchdown the previous weekend against Northern Illinois. The Utes are probably better than the 8th-best team in the Pac-12, but they have yet to show it on the field.

Up next … Bye … next week … at Washington State, TBA

7. Arizona State … Ranking last weekend: 5

This weekend … The Herm Train was derailed by San Diego State late Saturday night, falling 28-21. If you only watched the highlight package, you witnessed a wild finish, with the Sun Devils fighting back from a late 28-14 deficit, with a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. What you may have missed is the Aztecs’ 13-play, 65-yard drive in the fourth quarter to take the 28-14 lead. San Diego State, playing with a backup quarterback, didn’t pass once on the drive, dominating the line of scrimmage.

Another dose of reality may be forthcoming this weekend.

Up next … at Washington, 8:30 p.m., MT, ABC

6. Washington State … Ranking last weekend: 9

This weekend … The Cougars took care of business against business against Eastern Washington, 59-24. Quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 470 yards, with James Williams rushing for three touchdowns. Washington State is 3-0, and has looked good in getting to that record, taking out Wyoming on the road, then handling San Jose State and Eastern Washington with ease.

Like Colorado, the proof will be in the pudding, as Pac-12 play opens. Last season, Washington State shocked USC on a Friday night. Would it be a shock if the Cougars made it back-to-back wins?

Up next … at USC, Friday, 8:30 p.m., MT, ESPN

5. Oregon … Ranking last weekend: 4

This weekend … The Oregon non-conference schedule was rated, by almost everyone who rates such schedules, as the easiest among the Power Five conferences. Home games against Bowling Green, Portland State, and San Jose State barely registered on the interest scale. Even the Oregon players seemed to have lost interest in the preseason, defeating San Jose State, 35-22 (the same San Jose State team which lost to UC-Davis and lost to Washington State, 31-0.

The schedule now get serious …

Up next … Stanford, 6:00 p.m., MT, ESPN

4. Colorado … Ranking last weekend: 6

This weekend … It’s a sign that the program has turned a corner when there are issues with a 45-14 victory. The Buffs scored five minutes into the game and never really looked back. The Buffs don’t have the talent of Oregon, but have a more impressive resume to date. Similarly, with Nebraska losing to Troy (albeit without its starting quarterback) and with BYU defeating Wisconsin on the road, Cal presently has a better resume than does the Buffs.

The Buffs now have a bye week, with plenty of time to reflect on how the 3-0 start to the 2017 season devolved into a 5-7 finish. At least this year, it’s a struggling UCLA team coming to town for the Pac-12 opener … instead of Washington.

Up next … Bye … next week … UCLA, Friday, September 28th, 7::00 p.m., MT, FS1

3. California … Ranking last weekend: 8

This weekend … Cal raised its season record to 3-0 with an easy 45-23 win over Idaho State. Quarterback Chase Garbers completed 20-of-25 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the rout. As noted, Cal has on its resume a road win over a BYU team which has defeated both Arizona and Wisconsin on the road. Like Colorado, the Golden Bears get a bye week to contemplate how it can turn a successful non-conference campaign into a successful Pac-12 record. A home win over Oregon would put Cal into the Top 25 nationally.

Up next … Bye … next week … Oregon, TBA

2. Stanford … Ranking last weekend: 2

This weekend … Stanford had to overcome a ho-hum start against UC-Davis (sound familiar, Buff fans?), but ultimately had no difficulty dispatching the Aggies, 30-10. The Cardinal’s 17-3 over USC doesn’t look quite as impressive as it did a week ago, but the Stanford players could be forgiven for looking past UC-Davis to the showdown in Eugene next weekend. The winner of the Oregon/Stanford game will be anointed as the primary challenger to Washington in the Pac-12 North.

Up next: Oregon, 6:00 p.m., MT, ESPN

1. Washington … Ranking last weekend: 1

This weekend … Defeated Utah, 21-7. It wasn’t pretty, but the Washington defense did what it needed to do to hold off the Utes. Washington may be 2-1 on the season, but has the most talented roster in the conference. The Huskies may need to run the table to get back into the College Playoff discussion. A Pac-12 conference opening win on the road against Utah was a good start.

Up next … Arizona State, 8:30 p.m., MT, ABC

… Your thoughts? Post your rankings in the comments section … 


14 Replies to “Sunday Afternoon Quarterback – New Hampshire”

  1. Ah the Mighty Buffs.

    Oline: Still struggling. Still inconsistent. Still mixing and matching. The Adams trademark. Based on the 3 games played and looking at the grades it is more up in the air than one of my spinning lob shots. For 3 years he has mixed and matched and mulched and with the same results. Midland to below average oline. And they are still young. So very young. Is the talent better? Still just a bunch of 2 to 3 stars with an injured 4 star. But I believe there is more talent than in the past. (It was time for those 3 seniors to move on) Adams needs to step it up.

    The DLine: Rough first half at Kornkob Kommunity Kollege but jumped right back in it. New DL coach is damn good. He has his plan. He executes it. And he is a leader.

    LB: Young talent everywhere. Only going to get better. Defensive scheme and play calling is damn nice.

    DB: Still have my concerns here. Seems to be just something missing in this group.

    RB: Seems to be well……………….OK………..Just need to make the big plays on 3rd down and RedZone when required. I hope they can. Looking at you Oline.

    WR: No comment.

    QB: It seems that after #one, it may drift down to #3….This is a concern.

    Coaching: Nice job. Still some goofy O plays (the lindylu ghost) but the full force of the O has yet to be seen. Come on Chev….sheesh…………. It will debut against UCLA. Defense coaching has been really good. QB coaching has shown a major improvement in Montez. Roper is running that sideline. Mac is back in the game. Just needs to play his role. Adams? Hopefully he can finally make a frigging decision and stick with it. One of the most indecisive dudes? At some point ya gotta jump in and go.

    DB coaching needs to heat em up please.

    Hagan your are just gonna have to go with what ya got and hope Adams comes through

    Overall grade. B+

    A good win. They all been good wins.

    9 to go then we will see what the next step is. Win 3 to get a bowl. Could they really go 12 and 0?
    Up the Buffalo

    1. Careful Berlin, you may pull a hamstring jumping on and off the Roper bandwagon. Weren’t you guy the slagging him as a “Mikey Mac” clone who Mac could have done much better as a QB hire? BTW, who else but the MAC2/Roper connection could have gotten Montez in the Manning Academy and who would have been a better hire as QB coach? Names?

      And just to pull an old Berlin trick, here is a rehash of your post from January 6:

      “And the cherry on top was to bring in a top notch qb coach to get those qb’s to the level the new OC’s needed the QB’s to be at.

      Instead the new cherry on top is a MickeyMac clone.
      I denticals……twins………siblings………..clones………..So what does it all mean……………..??? Disappointing but not disheartening. Why cause I believe Chev Adams togehter are strong enough to take charge unlike lindy was….as a weak clone sleepwalker.

      Anyway it is all on the coaches…..”

      So there you go. And I agree, it is on the coaches, and on the players and on the AD…it’s called “a culture”

      1. Yo 96. I am always on the bandwagon. The Buff Bandwagon. I said it was not disheartening, Why cause LindyluEarache was gone. He is a Mac clone. But he can coach quarterbacks. That has been missing for 5 years. And I gotta tell ya he don’t take no crap from Mac. Just like Leavitt didn’t Very impressed. And it is the cherry on top.

        Yup The culture. The staff has changed. The culture has changed.

        Uh Oh always on the bandwagon of the Mighty Buffalo

        1. Looks like were riding the same wagon then. BTW, Tampa was my home for 14 years and I had season tickets to USF which is my wife’s alma mater. Went to the first open practice ever at the big old commuter campus and saw Leavitt’s first coaches office; a 24 foot trailer parked on an old intramural soccer field. Was at the his first game ever, a blowout of Kentucky Wesleyan (that same year USF was also blown out by Elon College by 50+). Leavitt was a damn good coach who along with Bob Stoops built the Kansas State defense and Coach Snyder should give them both part of his social security checks each month. Took USF all the way to number 2 in the country later on–truly remarkable how he built that program from scratch. I even ran into him at the Publix supermarket on North Dale Mabry Ave buying Pepsi, Hershey Bars and Cheetos. The man likes his junk food and can coach. However, he doesn’t walk on water either. The knock on him in Tampa was he wasn’t a great recruiter in an unbelievable talent- rich area and never built a rapport with local coaches. They steered a lot of dudes elsewhere. And when Adam Munsterteiger at Buff Stampede remarked on a podcast how Leavitt blew off some scheduled recruiting visits on his turf in California which caused MAC and Chev to go into damage control it sounded eerily familiar to what they were saying in Tampa. Scott Frost, Willie Taggart and now Charley Strong knew (and know) how to get Florida dudes away from the SEC and ACC and steer to USF (Strong, Taggart) and UCF (Frost). The only guy he got for the Buffs from that area was Craig Watt, who de-committed before Leavitt left and is now at Valdosta State of all places. Also, Leavitt could get out-coached in games. Saw in person Greg Schiano at Rutgers school Leavitt’s defense by using Ray Rice all over the place and also ran it down his throat (had a flashback when Jared Baker of Zona did it to Leavitt in 2015). Also saw Gary Patterson and TCU take it to him as well. The old Conference USA. Yeah, he didn’t take crap from MAC, a bit of a loose cannon stomping on the sidelines at USF, but that was also his downfall and why he left USF under a dark cloud which may cost him a chance at a head job again. So I know your unabated man crush on him will never cease, and I agree that he was a major part of the 10-4 rise, but he was just that: a part. And Leavitt should give Chido, Akhello, Tedric, Josh, Samson, Isaiah, Kenneth and Mac2 a chunk of his big Phil Knight paycheck as well. I know, I saw a lot of Leavitt’s teams and players (Anthony Henry, Kavon Webster, Greg Selby, Jason Pierre Paul to name a few) I bet a lot more than you did (unless you lived in Tampa from 1996-2010, had season tickets, watched away games on tv, read Tampa Tribune, St. Pete Times, etc…) . He is damn good, but to say he saved MAC’s bacon and all that other jazz is ludicrous. I wished he would have stayed, but not surprised he didn’t. And none of my Tampa area USF alumni buddies miss him which says something as well. He’s in a great spot with Mario Cristobal (who recruited the hell out of Florida and is doing the same at Oregon)and I have no doubt he will do the same there, but you have to look at the whole picture.

          GO Buffs.

  2. #1, agree with VK. Get rid of those gray/grey unis.
    #2, the TV audio from the PAC 12 Net is terrible. They must have bought this as used stuff down on Mission St. in SF.
    #3, it seemed that the Buff offense realized that you need to have a running game to set up the passing game after the 1st Qtr.
    #4, sometimes though you need an effective passing game to set up the running game.
    #5, I hope that what we saw against NHU was some experimenting by Chev to determine future ways to attack our upcoming PAC 12 opponents.
    #6, keep working on the line play for both the O & D.
    #7, I hope that Chris Miller gets 100% healthy as I think he will help the secondary.
    #8, Everybody ought to be happy up to now, and look forward to the UCLA game in a couple weeks, although it is always scary meeting a team that is way over due for some success.

    1. #9A, Oh yeah I forgot (my age is creeping up on me). For those that said that Eric Bienemy was in over his head when at CU, lookee lookee, who the O Coordinator is for KC Chiefs. Chiefs certainly looked terrible on offense yesterday.

      I know, I know the pro game is different then the college game and maybe some coaches are more suited for it. Contrary though what VK has said a lot in the past, it does help when you have players that can execute plays at any level, and the Buffs back in those dark days were bereft of guys that at times could even throw a pass to a receiver that could even catch it.

      1. So your basically validating the “players make plays, players win games theory” then? BTW, Charlie Weis won a Super Bowl as an NFL offensive coordinator and then ran his flap when hired at Notre Dame about a “definite schematic advantage” they (Notre Dame) would have over their opponents. Trying to claim superiority of the pro game over the college game, blah, blah, blah. And guess what? he absolutely sucked as a college head coach (Notre Dame, Kansas) and offensive coordinator (Florida) and as head coach at Kansas dug the program into a huge hole, much like CU was in during its lost decade (which includes Embree and ilk), which KU is still trying to crawl out of. Or you can add Greg Robinson who won two Super Bowl rings as Shanahan’s defensive coordinator who ran Syracuse’s program into a hole they are just starting to climb out of. Or John Mackovic who as head coach of the Chiefs led them to the playoffs and eventually went on to dig Arizona’s program into a hole. The list can go on and on but the point I make with these three guys who had NFL success running three college programs into the ground is just because a guy has success in the pros doesn’t mean that anoints them as a competent college coach because the NFL is somehow superior. Embree and Bieniemy were thrust in an almost impossible situation and the program was at rock bottom. They may or may not have been able to dig out of the hole CU was in (mostly caused by the Boise State Bozo) but the fact is the fan base had already deserted and recruiting was at rock bottom. Plus, as Nick Kasa said, the pro style offense was absolutely not suitable for that team–too complicated, too much thinking and absolutely not suited for the personnel they had. So I’m glad Eric is thriving at KC and glad to see ex-Buffs have success (Vance Joseph anyone). But the argument that success in the NFL automatically validates a guy’s coaching record and overrides his college record does not necessarily hold water BTW, if Greg Robinson turns San Jose State into a defensive juggernaut I’ll eat my words, but giving up 44 points to UC-Davis means he has a long way to go.

        1. Well said. Moreover, the thing that sticks with me is what Ditka said about Harbaugh at the 9ers. Harbaugh our Singletaried Singletary. He went on to say, both dudes know the game very well. Harbaugh had basically the same roster. Ran basically the same style offense and defense, and they won. He was able to convey what he wanted in a way the players understood and bought in. Not so easy like it looks.

          Go Buffs

          1. And to clarify, I am clearly in the jimmys and joes’ camp more than the x’s and o’s. Particularly in college. In college, the team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins. Having said that, if the jimmys and joes aren’t buying what the coaches are sellin? That won’t work either.

            As that all relates to our Buffs? I think Mac and Co have brought in better jimmys and joes, and they do buy what Mac is selling. 2017 was driven by losing half the 2016 defense to the nfl, and a qb who thought his physical talent could still carry him. He knows better now. Did me roper help that? Sure. But Steven had to take that and do the work. Without it, this year looks a lot different.

            Go Buffs

        2. My point that I’m not sure I clearly made or you didn’t get is that there were people that were writing and stating that Embree and Bienemy were in over their heads and really didn’t know much about football. As you stated they inherited a terrible situation where I’m not sure anyone would have done much better in the two years they were here.

          They obviously have a lot of football knowledge and are doing very well at the pro level, where some guys don’t, remember Nick Saban at Miami, Petrino who is kinda of a skunk but does better in the college game. There are a lot of them out there that need to find their niche.

          Just trying to make the point that Eric is doing well in his chosen career and I for one am happy for any ex great Buff that does well in any endeavor. There are really a lot of factors that come into play regardless, and sometime one is lucky where they go and others not so lucky, and then there are some like the Hawk……….well you obviously lived through that and have seen his results.

          1. I hear you AZ. Embree was in over his head and that is not Monday Morning Armchair QB speak. Many people said so at the time (was never a coordinator on any level). The plan was to have MAC 1 be the head coach and mentor either EB or JE-whoever got the job. The problem with EB was not that he didn’t know X’s and O’s, but that he tried to do too much with a pro style offense. I don’t think that since he is having success 7 year’s later running Andy Reid’s offense means he was ready to be CU’s co-ordinator under an out -of-his-league head coach and the results proved it. That’s why I say you shouldn’t use NFL success as some barometer for college success. But, you know what? That is all water under the bridge. I can bring up the David Bakhtiari’s comments at Green Bay when he said the entire team quit, or Yogi Roth stating that CU at that time was the worst power-5 team he had ever seen, or the anonymous opposing coach in the Athlon preseason mag who stated that CU was the worst coached team he had ever seen in college, or MAC2 in his first year having to stop practice and have the team practice end zone celebrations because the team was so beaten down mentally from the tongue lashings and verbal beat downs during the Embree years, which falls on all the coaching staff. They were in over their head. You know why I’m not going to rehash and look at the quotes? -because this is 2018 and I love this 3-0 team with great young talent and another rock-solid recruiting class and a very, very good coaching staff. I bet if you told Buff fans after Embree was canned that the next coach after his first two years would stand at 22-20, with road wins over Oregon and Nebraska, 4-0 over the lambs with two blowouts and a PAC-12 South title, plus they have promising talent and a solid recruiting base then 99% would have taken it. So let’s enjoy this and live in the moment and like you I wish Embree, EB, and all ex-Buffs nothing but success.

    2. AZ, VK isn’t the first to harp on Gray unis….. infact, he said they looked good up close. BuffBilly didn’t like them and I said they looked horrible on TV….so there are a lotta unhappy eyes when they have them on……glad you agree. If a poll were taken I would bet the largest % would say they don’t like them.

      How about it Stu ? I’m sure many would like a poll on that (being we’re in bye week). Either 1). Like ’em 2). Love ’em 3). Indifferent 4). Hate ’em. I already have a vote for #4.

  3. Three and OOOOOOOOO.

    The uniforms. Kinda like em but hard to read the numbers. Look good up close but from the suites, not so much.

    So the defense has given points up in the first 3 games:

    I am convinced this defense is so much better than last year.
    I am convinced this D is so much better than last year.
    The front 7 and their coaches learned a lot in the first half against the holers. They gave up 258 to CSU then 268 to Nubs in the first half and 89 in the second and 42 to NH.

    Now the DB’s IMHO are still a question mark. I am hopeful the bye week will help them to get to the next level. Missed assignments, sloppy tackling, slow to react

    Feel really good about this team and hopefully Friday Night Lights is a great game with a V.


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