It has been roughly a year and a half since Derrick White decided to roll the dice with his basketball career.
<b>By Pat Rooney</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
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In December, when the Colorado Buffaloes are practicing for their first bowl appearance in nine years, nobody will care how ugly a game in late October looked.
<b>By Brian Howell</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
SAN FRANCISCO — Make no mistake. Tad Boyle doesn't take any stock in preseason prognostications.
<b>By Pat Rooney</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
SAN FRANCISCO — Wesley Gordon often is a walking psychological case study. Catch him cruising around the Colorado campus or in a light moment among his basketball teammates, and Gordon typically is witty and gregarious, quick to share a beaming smile and a comical comment that rarely fails to draw laughter from all those within earshot.
<b>By Pat Rooney</b><p><p><i>BuffZone.com Writer</i>
Colorado turned in the day's third-best round, a 1-under 291, to leap from ninth to a tie for fifth to complete the Pac-12 Preview Tournament at the 6,372-yard, par 73 Nanea Golf Club.
BOULDER - Colorado's 22nd-ranked women's soccer team will host No. 9 UCLA on Thursday in a top-25 showdown. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. at Prentup Field and the match will be televised live on Pac-12 Network. The Buffs have won 11 of their past 12 matches and are led by freshman Taylor Kornieck, who is the Pac-12 leader in goals and points this season.
BOULDER — Colorado sophomore Alexis Robinson likes the direction new head coach JR Payne has for the Buffaloes.
BOULDER — Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle didn't mince any words Tuesday when it came to assessing his team thus far.
Week 8 is upon us and the glorious Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 3-1, #26 AP) are back in action after exorcising their Arizona State demons with extreme prejudice. Final score was 40-16 and anyone who watched it knows that score is deceptive... it wasn't nearly that close. **** ASU!
This week the really ****ty preview turns its attention to Stanford (4-2, 2-1, #32 AP) as the Buffs travel to Palo Alto. Kickoff at 1:00 MT on Pac-12 Network. Weather forecast is high 60s, mostly cloudy, with 100% chance of pain.
The important thing to know about the Buffs is that this is a team without a weakness. One of the most complete teams in the nation. On defense, a trio of starting DLs that command double teams, a linebacking corp that is disruptive, and a secondary that features 3 lockdown corners. Oh, and the Buffs also have the top pass rusher in the conference.
On offense, an OL that just dominated ASU's overhyped front 7, a RB who is putting up Heisman consideration numbers, the best receiving corp in the Pac-12, a backup QB who has won Pac-12 offensive player of the week, and a starting QB who would be in the Heisman race if he hadn't missed 3+ games to injury. It's almost not fair.
What do we know about Stanford?
No offense outside of a RB who seems to be suffering from "declining draft stock-itis" and may not play. On defense, scaring no one. Pretty strong in the trenches, but not what they have been in recent years. I'd almost feel bad for them if I thought anyone who went to Stanford noticed or cared about football.
Stanford sucks and we will crush them.
I was able to talk to some Stanford folks this week about the game. After explaining that I meant sports and that the topic wasn't soccer, volleyball or field hockey, one of them finally brought up his calendar app and confirmed that he had a networking function in the Arboretum Grove. He got very excited once he traded a couple texts and confirmed that there would be a nice charcuterie board and a young but bouncy beaujolais.
"Okay," I thought, "that's just one example. The ****ty preview is nothing if not fair and balanced. I need to find some people who better represent Stanford's passion."
I thought I was onto something when I found a football fan club. But apparently they celebrate a different kind of ****. Meet The Poop Group
After much research, I finally found it in "Cowbell Guy". Back when they had a decent basketball team a few years ago, the Stanford band showed us how nerds party.
Whenever the Buffs play Stanford, I feel like I'm watching a new installment of "Revenge of the Nerds". Only in real life Ogre and Stan Gable don't lose to Lewis, Gilbert and the gang.
Party with Trees?
And there's also a dark side to things when Stanford gets passionate about sports. No, they'd never soil themselves by running an outlaw football program. But, dammit, they want to win that Athletic Director's Cup and nothing will stop them there. When it comes to Olympic sports, they're the Baylor of the NCAA, bringing in sexual predators in their quest to win a swimming title.
Weird place. Nickname? A color. Mascot? A tree. It's really a shame, because for most of its history Stanford set the bar for political incorrectness as the Indians with branding that caused even Cleveland baseball fans to raise an eyebrow. Though they still celebrate this proud history away from the public's eye.
What about hotties? I mean, they're in California. Plus, lots of the students have daddies with money who married trophy wives. You'd think daddy's hard body wife would pass down her genes and deliver a smokin' student body? Well, not really. Search engine results were depressing. Lots of images that showed promise only for me to find that they were fans or students of other colleges that also wear dark red for school colors. Clearly what we have here is that when it comes to Stanford students, "Trophy Wife" is the step mom who became part of the family after dad's tech IPO hit big. Didn't even need a nap.
But the ****ty preview will not be denied! Not only did I find some quality, but I realized something very important that should serve our roadtrippers well...
Stanford's sluts identify themselves by painting a treasure trail on their lower abdomens. It's a well-read fan base and can go kind of high brow, so it took a while before it clicked for me. The color. The belly paint. This is their version of "The Scarlet Letter", but in an updated modern PC way of taking it back and celebrating their witchy ways.
So, what does this all mean today?
Will CU take control of the Pac-12 South and move into its rightful place in the Top 25?
What does a buffalo do when it sees a tree on its field?
It gores it and then ****s on it to mark his territory.
I post this every year and absolutely love to read the responses. Particularly for those who didn't go to CU, why are you a hardcore enough Buff to be on this board with a hundred other teams out there? Lots of newbies on the board, should be fun.
The Colorado Buffaloes host the ASU Sun Devils this Saturday at Folsom Field. The CUI's Justin Guerriero talked to Stefan Modrich, football reporter of the State Press, Arizona State's student-run news organization, to get some insider information on the Sun Devils.
Justin Guerriero: Arizona State has an offense that, so far this year, has looked solid. However, in two straight games, Todd Graham's "high octane" offense has been limited to just 20 points. What do you expect the Sun Devils' offensive 11 to do against Colorado's defense? How can they hurt CU's D?
Stefan Modrich: Having seen this team deal with quarterback injuries in the past, it's anyone's guess, really. The transition from Taylor Kelly to Mike Bercovici in 2014 (Kelly hurt his ankle at Folsom Field in a win over Colorado two years ago) wasn't perfect, but it was more stable than this year's rotation of Manny Wilkins (we still aren't sure of his status, ASU's goal was to have him practicing Thursday) and Brady White, who is out for the season with a knee injury. White joins Bryce Perkins, a freshman who suffered a neck injury. This leaves true freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole the likely starter. Sterling-Cole was intercepted on his first play as a Sun Devil last week. The Sun Devils went with running back Kalen Ballage under center in their "Sparky" formation the rest of the way. The pieces are in place surrounding whoever is under center. Tim White is one of the fastest receivers in the country and freshman N'Keal Harry is among the top-ranked freshman wideouts in all of college football. If the ASU offensive line can rev up the running game and Ballage and Demario Richard get going, the burden will be much less heavy for the quarterback to bear and they could turn in another explosive night.
JG: On the year, the Sun Devils' defense has allowed an average of 404 yards through the air to enemy teams. Colorado arguably has the top receiving core in the Pac-12. Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields, Jr., Devin Ross and Jay MacIntyre are great route runners and have excelled at short, medium and long range distances. Will the Sun Devils' defense be able to contain them?
SM: The short answer is no – they likely won't. But after playing just well enough to beat the two best quarterbacks in the country in Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and Davis Webb at Cal (the Golden Bears also could make a credible argument for the honor of best receiving corps in the conference) I don't think they'll have to. Of course, that's assuming the offense gets off to the fast start they've sought after to set the tone. There will be several big plays given up in the secondary, and some missed tackles that might frustrate fans. The coaching staff has come to accept these numbers as a casualty of playing in the Pac-12. As long as they can win in spite of it, the secondary and its rotating cast of characters (starters Kareem Orr and Armand Perry both were banged up and limited this week) won't be something that changes overnight.
JG: In terms of the run game, ASU's defense looks like its been doing well, giving up an average of just three yards per rush to the the opposition. Will that stat hold Saturday against Colorado?
SM: Though statistically the Buffaloes will have one of the better ground games that the Sun Devils face, this Colorado group doesn't jump out as one that is a major threat. I don't think ASU will limit Colorado to negative yardage, as was the case against UCLA. But the run-stoppers on the front seven, including Tashon Smallwood, Salamo Fiso and Christian Sam, will set the tone on defense. If they can't slow Colorado down on the ground, they'll be in trouble.
JG: As a team, what is the Sun Devils' biggest weakness? Where do you think the Buffaloes have the upper hand?
SM: The secondary seems to be the go-to answer and the easiest thing to point out upon revisiting the film after losses. But this time, I'm going to go with quarterback, just because we don't even know who it will be. Between Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez, at least those two have had much more combined experience than the current ASU duo of Sterling-Cole and fourth-stringer Jack Smith, who played quarterback in high school but has mostly played wide receiver and safety on the scout team.
JG: The Buffs' main goal this year, and for that matter in the years since head coach Mike MacIntyre took over preceding the 2013 season, has been to exit the cellar of the Pac-12. Colorado beat Oregon this year, played well against the then-No.4 Michigan Wolverines and lost closely to USC last week. What is your impression of this team? Can they beat ASU?
SM: The Sun Devils, head coach Todd Graham included, are all much more wary of Colorado at this point, saying they're a much different team than the Buffaloes of years past. They've acknowledged that this Colorado group is experienced and has better chemistry than the teams they've beaten handily. I think it's also a product of the Pac-12 being a much better conference (with more parity) than it is given credit for, and the quality of play in the South division in particular has improved. This is absolutely a game I can see ASU losing in a tough fashion on the road. While Michigan is far and away better than any team ASU will play in 2016 outside of Washington, I am wary of Colorado fading down the stretch and not being able to put ASU away if the game is close in the fourth quarter. While no players jump out as transcendent stars, Colorado is to me as complete and sound a team as you'll find in the Pac-12.
JG: Can you give me some play makers that the Buffaloes will need to contain or look out for?
SM: As mentioned, N'Keal Harry is big – 6-foot, 4, 220 pounds – and a tremendous playmaker on deep balls. Tim White is a versatile receiver who can also operate out of the backfield. Richard and Ballage are the workhorses in the running back stable, and are both outstanding pass-blockers as well as runners on the edge and up the middle.
JG: The Buffs' defense has been good at forcing turnovers this year. They forced four vs. the Trojans last week. Do you foresee a similar result this Saturday?
SM: With the possibility of a new quarterback, it seems reasonable that there could be some mistakes made, especially against a solid Colorado defense. Given that attacking and forcing turnovers is ASU's strength defensively, we could be in for a sloppy game on both sides. ASU has a 2+ turnover margin, forcing 21 turnovers and giving the ball up 19 teams in six games this season.
JG: The big question: Score prediction. What happens on Saturday?
SM: Colorado 27, Arizona State 17.
History doesn't seem to be much help this time, as Colorado has never beaten ASU and the seven Sun Devil wins have come by an average margin of 24 points. Playing in cooler weather tends to slow down the Sun Devil attack, and could affect the kicking game (both in field position on punts/kickoffs and attempted field goals) even with the Pac-12's best kicker in Zane Gonzalez on ASU's sideline. So much depends on who ASU starts under center, and though it matters for Colorado as well, I think matching up Montez vs. Liufau won't be as significant for them at home.
Contact CU Independent Head Sports Editor Justin Guerriero at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @TheHungry_Hippo.
Dear CU fan,
The biggest University of Colorado football game in the last decade kicks off at 6pm on Saturday night. Roughly 50,000 people will be there, but it’s a fair bet that about half of them will still be outside the stadium when Ralphie runs.
Do me a favor, and look up any CU home game from the late 80s, the 90s or the early 2000s on YouTube.
You’ll notice a few things: The Buffs usually win, they’re usually ranked, and the crowd is always there in full before kickoff.
Then, for a contrast, check out a game from the last few years. The Buffs usually lose, and the crowd doesn’t completely “fill in” until sometime late in the first quarter. Thus far in 2016 the Buffs have been winning, and they’ve been ranked, but the fans haven’t gone back to being on-time. It’s time to change that; starting on Saturday night.
I’ve written about this before, and I hate to sound like a broken record, but the late-arriving crowds are an issue that can no longer be ignored given the importance of the games CU the Buffs will be playing the rest of the season.
Now, I realize that the world has changed quite a bit since the 1990s when Folsom was regularly packed at kickoff. Metal detectors, pat downs and bag searches (not to mention E-tickets that won’t scan) have all increased the amount of time it takes to get into the stadium. It’s a pain for everyone, but that’s the reality we live in, and it’s not going to change.
What can change is the amount of time people allot in order to get to their seats ahead of kickoff. You can wrap up your tailgate fifteen minutes earlier, or work in more of a margin for error for your commute. There are other fanbases that seem capable of doing this without much trouble.
I was reminded of the chronic lateness of CU fans when I went to see the Broncos play their season opener against the Panthers last month. The game was at 6:30 on a Thursday night, which was far from an ideal time in terms of traffic and people’s work schedules. Mile High Stadium has the same clear bag policy as Folsom, and every fan had to go through metal detectors at the entrance. The stadium was full fifteen minutes before kickoff.
To be fair, the Broncos are a religion in Colorado and they have one of the longest sellout streaks in all of sports. I also realize that Mile High has many more entrances than Folsom does, and that it doesn’t take as long for people to get inside because of that. But think of the game the Buffs played at Michigan this year. 110,000 people were there, and almost all of them were in their seats by kickoff. I can’t imagine the Big House has shorter lines than Folsom does on gameday.
Home field advantage is more important in football than just about any sport. Crowd noise disrupts play calling, forces unplanned timeouts, and causes false starts. Against the caliber of competition the Buffs will be playing the rest of the season, something small like that could decide the outcome of a game. And a decisive play could come at the very beginning of the first quarter (anyone who hasn’t blocked out the memory of Super Bowl 48 could tell you that).
This is not a drill. The Colorado Buffaloes have a very, very good chance to win the Pac-12 South. There are six games remaining in the season, and four of them will be at Folsom Field. They have an excellent opportunity to win all of those games, but it’s not going to be as easy as their first three home matchups.
On Tuesday, Rick George suggested that fans arrive at the stadium an hour early in order to avoid long lines at kickoff. While that may seem like a lot of time to spend waiting, I can tell you that I’ve been arriving that early for years and it’s a far more enjoyable experience than waiting in a long line and hearing the cheers when Ralphie runs while a security guard pats you down.
Folsom is always praised for its architecture and its scenic location, but its atmosphere is rarely mentioned these days. Incoming teams are always reminded of the altitude in Boulder, but the home crowd isn’t considered a major factor. The real truth, as any longtime CU fan can tell you, is that Folsom can get extremely loud when it wants to. The fans are right on top of the field, the slope of the stands is steep, and Dal Ward, the club level and the Champions Center bounce a lot of noise back onto the playing surface. Mike MacIntyre has commented several times this season on the considerable amount noise at field level, even when the stadium isn’t close to being sold out. Imagine if these four games were all full from the opening kick to the final whistle. Folsom Field could quickly transform into one of the most challenging places to play in a conference that generally isn’t known for its home field advantages.
It took years of losing for CU fans to develop these bad habits. It doesn’t have to take take years to correct them. In fact, it could happen overnight if every fan took it upon themselves to ensure they got inside the stadium on time. The team has played well enough this season to deserve seeing a full crowd when they run out of the tunnel. Besides, do you really want to miss Ralphie?
I spent most of my week trying to put last Saturday's win into words...
With the help of Mac, Sefo, Chido and PL, this is what I came up with: http://bsndenver.com/they-set-out-to-make-cu-great-again-and-paved-the-road-to-a-signature-win/
Hope you guys don't mind me plugging it but dammit I worked hard on it and wanted you guys to see it