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Colorado at #41

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by 14er, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. 14er

    14er “Imitation is suicide.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Rivals ranks CU #41 in the nation

    I think their assessment is right on, not too many things to disagree with.
     
  2. 4DemBuffs

    4DemBuffs Most admired poster Club Member

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    i dissagree with the "4" in the ranking!!!!

    :gobuffs::woot::gobuffs::woot::gobuffs:
     
  3. MontanaBuff

    MontanaBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Concur - not much new:
    Offensive issue - quarterback; wide receiver
    Defensive issue - line depth and talent
    Special teams - kicking game

    It is encouraging, however, that the Buffs, with three consecutive losing seasons on the books, is rated above a number of teams coming off bowl appearances, including #42 Missouri.

    Go Buffs! :thumbsup:
     
  4. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Dead Nuts on. My biggest fear is the lack of athletism at QB and WR will focus defenses on stopping the run. Don't care how good this very young OLine is, it's difficult to run the ball when the D stacks the box. Paging Mr. Simmons, Paging Mr. Simmons....
     
  5. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    I think WR is gonna be better than most think. Simmons, McNight, and Simas!:wow:
     
  6. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    We'll see. Just hope we avoid injuries at that position.
     
  7. 77buff

    77buff Well-Known Member

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    "Hawkins had a slight edge out of spring practice, but only because of experience. Hansen is the better athlete and a better runner, and you might see the Buffs rotating quarterbacks this fall."
    If we end up rotating quarterbacks - we are in deep $hit.
     
  8. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    ya maybe, what are you gonna do about it?
     
  9. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    That's not what I saw. He had better command of the offense, not sure if that is becaue of experience or just leadership. He also was throwing better passes in the spring game. From what I saw it wasn't really that close.
     
  10. 77buff

    77buff Well-Known Member

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    Right now if we can't pass we won't be able to run. The passing game is a problem - or could become one - losing J-Fly didn't help. As far as what to do about it - I guess you go with the play action short to medium range, but no more Hawkins rolling out to the right and throwing back to the left across his body. Rotating QB's can work but it seldom does.
     
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  11. neil29fp

    neil29fp Club Member Club Member

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    You don't pass to set up the run--you run to set up the pass. I'd rather have a good ground game and weaker passing game than vice versa.
     
  12. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    You pass to soften up the defenders so they can't stack the box. That doesn't necessarily mean throwing 40 yard bombs all the time, but you have to be able to sneak your WR's downfield behind the safeties. Otherwise, you are constantly running against 8 man fronts. If there's no fear of the pass, it doesn't matter how good the running game is. You need balance.
     
  13. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Basically put, we don't run the ball well, we are screwed. If we can't run the ball well...that means a higher likehood of going three and out and putting our defense on the field for longer stretches of times than they should be. The success of the Buffs this season lies in the offense's ability to move the chains.
     
  14. 14er

    14er “Imitation is suicide.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    fify

    Which is true for every team, we still need balance, but it is how you move the ball against higher quality opponents that gets you the recognition for recruiting. Teams like boise st did it with lower ranked recruits and I think that is what we were all hoping for from Hawk. And are still hoping that it will show up consistantly, we have seen glimpses, just not week to week.
     
  15. CUwhit21

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    I think our success lies in our ability to do a few things:

    1. Complete the big play

    We finally saw this against Nebraska. If a defense makes a mistake, make them pay for it. Missed opportunities vs FSU cost us a chance at a big first half lead.

    2. Use the middle of the field

    Too many teams defended the sideline and flats and we didn't make them pay for it. Hopefully with better protection from the OL, we can allow our TEs/RBs to pressure defenses up the middle.

    3. Convert strong drives into points

    Missed FGs, holding penalties and turnovers turned effective drives into scoreless ones. Protect the football and turn those long drives into points.

    4. Yards on 1st down

    Can't get Cody into 3rd and long situations and it all starts on 1st down.

    5. Don't get cute after an effective drive

    Another thing we saw all too often. Several strong runs/plays in a row, just to call a reverse and fumble the handoff.
     
  16. MiamiBuffs

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    Im gonna suit up and request another year of eligibility. What are you gonna do? :smile2:

    But since I haven't played the game in over 25 years my guess is that would be a colossal mistake.
     

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