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Added: Jon Wilner’s Pac-12 Power Rankings (CU No. 6) and ESPN Top 25 Power Rankings (CU in at No. 23) … The middle of the Pac-12 remains muddled at the end of September – will CU be able to create some separation this weekend? …

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A September to Remember

//posted 9.28.2019
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Buff fans are excited about the future of CU football, but are also (quite understandably) a little leery about whether the 2019 team will earn a bowl bid … Before worrying about how October and November will unfold, let’s take a look back at a September to Remember …

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.27.2019

Bye Week Edition … CU 34, No. 24 Arizona State 31 revisited … A look back at 17 years worth of CU futility on the road … UCLA 67, Washington State 63 revisited … Pac-12 Notes of Note … Mel Tucker’s podcast …

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Colorado snapped a 29-game road losing streak against ranked teams, taking down No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe, 34-31.

Steven Montez went 23-for-30 for 337 yards and three touchdowns, with all three scoring passes going to Tony Brown. The senior wide receiver collected nine passes in all, going for a career-high for 150 yards, with Alex Fontenot gaining 89 yards on 25 carries to lead the rushing attack.

The Buffs posted 447 yards of total offense, surrendering 453 to the Sun Devils. The CU defense remained consistent, giving up 31 points for the third time in four games (giving up, oddly enough, 30 points in the lone loss of the season).

The victory not only gave CU its first win over a ranked team since defeating UCLA 31-20 in the Rose Bowl in 2002, it also gave the Buffs their first win in six attempts against the Sun Devils in Tempe, and a 2-0 record against ranked teams in the fourth game of the Mel Tucker era.

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For the Buff Nation, September 21st no longer represents a date of infamy – the beginning of a 17-year run of failing to defeat a ranked team on the road – but a day of renewed hope that the Buffs are finally ready to reclaim its place as a nationally recognized program …

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There is still a weekend of play in September, yet the Pac-12 is already down to one undefeated team – Cal … Where to the Buffs fit on the Pac-12 Power rankings? Who is the new No. 1 … and the new No. 12? …

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Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon passes for nine touchdown passes – and loses to UCLA, 67-63 … Cal holds off Ole Miss and its former Pac-12 coaches, finish the day as the Pac-12’s only undefeated team … No. 10 Utah falls to USC, 30-23, and Trojans third-string quarterback, Matt Fink …

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OT Will Sherman: “I’m glad we had our wakeup call before Pac-12 play” … CU at ASU a battle of contrasts …Pat Rooney: Pac-12 opener a chance for Buffs to try and rewrite history … OL Casey Roddick sees first action since 2016 – “It was a blessing to get out there” … *CU Video production – Relentess II: The non-conference games* …

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Friday Fast Facts

//posted 9.20.2019

Neill Woelk’s Friday Fast Five … Good karma: 9/21/2002: CU 31, No. 20 UCLA 20 … Something has to give Dept.: ASU offense v. CU defense … Injury Report … Two Buff defenders tied for the nation’s lead (in interceptions and fumble recoveries) …

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Can the Buffs overcome the heat (temperature at kickoff in the 90’s)? … Can the CU offense score against an ASU defense which hasn’t allowed a point through the first three quarters of any of its first three games? … Can Mel Tucker, in his first attempt, accomplish something which hasn’t happened for the Buffs since 2002? …

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Air Force running back Kadin Remsberg went 25 yards for a score on the first play of overtime to give the Falcons the lead, and Colorado was unable to answer, giving the Falcons a 30-23 overtime victory in a series which had laid dormant for 45 years.

Montez went 26-for-43 for 220 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, while Lavisksa Shenault (eight receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown) had his first 100-yard game of the season, but Montez was unable to hit Shenault on a fourth-and-12 at the AFA 16-yard line on the game’s final play. Jaren Mangham (ten carries for 56 yards) and Alex Fontenot (13 carries for 42 yards) for a Buff offense which was held to 325 yards by an Air Force defense which struggled in the 2018 season, but kept the Buffs from scoring for three full quarters of the game.

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CU forced another overtime, but couldn’t finish the deal against Air Force … Where do the Buffs rank in a conference where half of the league – six teams this week – are nationally ranked? …

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