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Colorado football is coming back under MacIntyre

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I thought this was a very reasonable look at this season's prospects (though he seems to have missed that we likely need to win 7, not 6):

    The schedule is reasonably navigable. The Buffs open at Hawaii and then get three home games, Colorado State being the most difficult opponent of that bunch in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. It’s reasonable to suggest that they could be 4-0 right out of the chute. It’s also possible that 2-2 happens and there begins to be a wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    Then, you’re maybe looking at two wins to be bowl eligible, which is a reasonable goal. This reclamation project on paper looks like it should be easier than digging SJSU from football Hades since this is Colorado … a program with a history of success … but the Pac-12 is not exactly the WAC (where San Jose State was when MacIntyre rescued the program). The rough aspect for Colorado is that its swing games are on the road, games like Washington State and Oregon State.

    http://bloguin.com/thestudentsection/football/colorado-football-is-coming-back-under-macintyre.html

    Buffs have been getting mixed press this summer. Some dismiss CU as a bottom feeder and expect more of the same. Some respect CU as a cellar dweller, but see a team that would be in a bowl game if it wasn't playing in the Pac-12 South, looking up at 5 bowl teams in its division, and dealing with a Pac-12 schedule of 4 home/ 5 away. Within that, they all seem to like MacIntyre and think he's doing a good job, which goes to how little they thought of the program before. But within those who are in that second group that sees the schedule & division as the issue, it seems like there's a bit of a feeling that MacIntyre did it before. No one predicted 10 wins and a Top 25 finish in his third season at SJSU. Can he repeat that magic?
     
  2. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    The expectations laid out in this article are not unreasonable


    -expect to be 4-0 after OOC
    -win 2+ conference games
    -go bowling or at least be close

    We are so close statistically. It is not going to take a herculean effort from any one player on any one side of the ball. All that is needed is for the entire team to take an incremental step forward. This season is all about whether or not HCMM and his upgraded staff can push this team to take that step.
     
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  3. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Funny that most articles almost completely ignore the potential impact of Leavit and Tumpkin on the defense, as though K. Baer was working some kind of magic on "D" to keep the entire bottom from falling out, rather than him (and his low level of energy) being a huge part of the problem there., both as a position coach and coordinator.

    If Leavitt was DC last season, its not unreasonable to believe the Buffs would have been a bowl team.
     
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    Since the Kool Aid is flowing, I'm picking our upset for the year; we beat USC at home under the lights on ESPN.
     
  6. Shldr2Shldr

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    That night could be really special for multiple reasons.
     
  7. WizzersGhost

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    Can you even imagine Leavitt sitting on his hands as Baer did? There is a reason Baer has been a DC at what, 6 different schools? None for very long.
     
  8. Shldr2Shldr

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    Urging the team to do something and actually getting them to execute are totally different things. I believe Leavitt will do everything in his power to get the execution to the level he expects, but its still a wait and see situation at the moment.
     
  9. HUFset

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    Need more help on D to get to 6 wins. We barely beat UMASS last year. If Leavitt shows up as expected, then I'll drink the Embree Kool-Aid (4-0 non-conference) everyone is passing around.
     
  10. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Joel Klatt said similar things yesterday when he was on with the 1043 guys.
     
  11. J.R. Ewing

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    That near loss was a result of two things, IMO. A completely lackluster effort, and quite possibly the worst STs play I've ever seen. I was sitting right behind the bench in that empty stadium. For the first 3/4 of the game, that was the least energized team I've ever witnessed.
     
  12. HUFset

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    Still need to get the road monkey off our back to beat the Beavers and/of Cougars.
     
  13. SuperiorBuff

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    I'd rather beat a cougar's beaver than ride a monkey.
     
  14. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    It's Kool Aid for people to expect to go 4-0 against two MWC schools, a MAC school, and a FCS school?

    That's not Kool Aid, that is the expectation.


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  15. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Expecting CU to pull of 4 straight victories (when was the last time even we won even 3 in a row... or 2?) against any opponent is actually asking quite a bit
     
  16. Buffalo Brad

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    Well, going 4-0 may be asking a lot but that is my expectation this year. Bottom line is they need these games and should be favored in each. Progress is this year demands that they get these wins and it is on the coaches to get the players ready to do so.
     
  17. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    4-0 is a weird thing to think about.

    Going 1-0 in each of those 4 games is something that should happen. But, as slider pointed out, winning 4 games in a row hasn't happened here in a long ass time. I think if those 4 games were sprinkled throughout the schedule instead of being consecutive that more people would circle them all as wins and a 4-0 record in the composite.

    The other side: WHAT A GREAT ****ING OPPORTUNITY!

    College sports, more than most, is about momentum. The schedule sets up for the Buffs to start fast and build a ton of confidence out of the gates. When that happens, it can lead to some special things after that which we wouldn't expect or project on paper before the season starts.
     
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    I don't want to talk about 4 - 0, because when we lose to Hawaii, it will be crushing.
     
  19. sliderNcider

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    I think the probability of us being 2-0 vs Hawaii/CSU is somewhere around 50% (or less)
     
  20. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    So do you walk around every day expecting someone to come up and kick you in the dick?


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  21. BuffNut99

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    We started 3-0 in 2008, 2-0 in 2013; otherwise we haven't sniffed it.
     
  22. Quattro

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    And when was the last time we played three other teams that went 7-30, among other factors?

    The fact of the matter is everyone expects us to go 4-0 that isn't a Buff fan. Every publication has us going 4-0. We are favored in all 4, or will be. This is the easiest OOC schedule in the country, it's pathetic. We need to expect to go 4-0. Time to nut up.


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  23. TSchekler

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    The last time CU won 4 consecutive games, at any point in a season, was 2002 when they won 5 in a row.

    The last time CU won 4 consecutive games to start the season was 1998 when they went 5-0 out of the gates.

    So, while I disagree with Slider's take on this season (and his general outlook on just about everything CU), I see how talking about 4-0 can make people extremely skeptical, regardless of opponent.
     
  24. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    How many years have we played 4 OOC games against non-BCS/P5 schools?

    2011 is the only year.


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    Well let's leave Nichols St. out of this conversation. This is about starting 3-0. I think the setup is good for us getting Hawaii in week one and then getting CSU after they play Minnesota the week before. I understand worrying though, i think everyone on this board is worried. This is pre camp injuries as well.
     
  26. TSchekler

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    Yes, that's obviously the other side of the argument. CU hasn't played this weak of an OOC schedule in a long time.
     
  27. BuffUp

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    I agree with that statement Sir.
     
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    This team drives me crazy. My head tells me this is a team that was leading in the 4th quarter 7 times last season...we will be a better coached, bigger and stronger team this season...we have an easy OOC schedule and a few winnable conference games. On paper, IMO, this team has what it takes to get 6-7 wins.

    But it's the Buffs...so call it PTSD or whatever...my heart just can't follow my head until I see it on the field. Missouri mule time for me...
     
  29. Scotch

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    :lol: If 4-0 happens, I think the feeling will be more a sigh of relief than it will be happiness.
     
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    Leavitt might be the difference maker. MM takes the project so far, but his finding nemo pep talks wear thin with the players. Leavitt has the chops to get 'em over the top.
    It may take 1 more year of Leavitt recruiting his type of guys for the D, but Rick George struck gold with his strong suggestion that Leavitt join the staff.
     

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