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Is 2014 a Make or Break Year for CU?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by burnsgm, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. burnsgm

    burnsgm New Member

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    First and foremost to preface I like most on this board am a CU alum who is truly emotionally and otherwise invested in the program. I have rarely post but often lurk around the board in lack of a better term. With our 14 recruiting class looking all but set, I realize we could see some surprises both joining and jumping ship, but for the most part we shouldn't see any drastic changes for better or worse, I felt now would be an appropriate time to pose a question I have put a good deal of thought into. With HCMM heading into his second year and ready to hit the ground running (hopefully) on his third recruiting class is this upcoming year make or break for the CU football program?

    From a recruiting perspective it has been covered ad nauseam that we need to continue to improve the overall talent coming into the program in order to get to where we ultimately want the program to go, while understanding our limitations. HCMM and co. have shown they are not rockstar recruiters a la Tosh, Hugh Freeze and Ole Mi$$, etc and due in part to necessity has taken a developmental approach to our recruiting. With that being said, in order to to continue to close the gap with our Pac-12 brethren we have to add more high 3*-4* guys to complement the hidden gems Mac has shown he has a knack for finding. While the new facilities should certainly help nothing is going to improve our recruiting but winning. While I realize nothing I said was groundbreaking it does provide some food for thought is the 2014 football season and the ensuing 2015 recruiting cycle make or break for our beloved Buffs football program?

    This coming season provides a real chance to make a bowl and my opinion it's absolutely imperative we get to one. Not only will a bowl game provide some much needed national buzz and a sign that Mac has us trending in the right direction, but also as mentioned previously on the board the 15 additional practices are so crucial for the development of younger players in the program. Our OOC schedule this year sets up very favorably for us and i think we all would be very disappointed not see us heading into Pac play unbeaten. After that it gets very tricky, home games vs OSU and Utah and road trips to Cal and Tucson jump out as winnable games, after that who knows. Regardless of how we do it we need to be able to scrap together six wins out of next season to get us to a bowl game. Is this the year we get our "statement win"?

    From a player development standpoint 2014 is also vital. We all have our Buff colored glasses on but there are some major question marks across our roster. Will Sefo continue to progress and build on the flashes he showed this season and establish himself as our QB going forward? Is Gillam going to continue to mature both on and off the field and prove to be a star and anchor of our D? Can Nembot utilize his physical gifts and really grasp the RT position and will the rest our our O-line follow suit? What guy/guys are going to step up from our receiving corp and try to accomplish the impossible task of replacing P-Rich? These are just a few of the many questions that need to be answered and I'm sure will be discussed endlessly between now and CSU.

    All this being said I think it is very fair to say 2014 is very much a make or break season for the Buffs. While we can't come back all the way from where we were in two years we all know we can position ourselves dangerously close to the brink in two years or a regime. I'd love some feedback from you guys am I being over dramatic or is this one of the most important years in the program's storied history? I apologize for the long winded rambling but have at it AllBuffs...

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  2. cubuffs85

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    Not a make or break year, yes I know Embree got canned after year 2, but that was more cutting our losses.
     
  3. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    I like most on this board too.
     
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    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

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    In lack of a better term.


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  6. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    I didn't use italics.
     
  7. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

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    And no, 2014 is not a make or break year.


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  8. skinsfan55

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    I don't know if it's make or break, but it's certainly an important year. If we flounder for another year at 4 or 5 wins (or 6 without a bowl) then it'll suck, but the program isn't going to die. Then again, if we improve and go to a bowl and the facilities plan moves along as scheduled it'd be a huge springboard for the Buffaloes.

    Basically, if we don't show big improvement next season it'll be a big missed opportunity, but we'll survive... it'd just be a case of making it harder on ourselves.
     
  9. Uncle Ken

    Uncle Ken Orr no morr Club Member

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    I used to like most on this board, but now I ****ing hate Snow. I feel like NW has been pissing me off a bit lately too. Monk's act has gotten pretty old. Let's see...who else? Oh, L Buff is a ****ing prick. Ummmm, Tante. Seriously I hate that mother ****er, and I'm not even joking. There aren't a lot of posters I like around here.

    But I don't think 2014 is make or break at all.
     
  10. MtnBuff

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    Not a make or break year and a good thing because I don't think we can expect to see much improvement in the record. I think we are going to see noticable improvement in a number of areas but we will only go as far as our OL lets us and unless we see some shocking surprises the OL isn't going to be very good next year.

    The good news is that M2 seems determined to bring in some big athletes that can develop into quality linemen who will let us do what he wants on offense but that development isn't going to happen in time to help next year.

    We do have to make sure next year that we win the games we should and maybe steal a couple giving us a similar record or one game better than this year. That and the staff having a couple years to work on next years recruits and we should see a little better recruiting class though still not something that makes people outside of the Buffs fans pay much attention.
     
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    Maybe they'd like you back if you did.


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  12. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    If you can't say anything nice. You're not supposed to say anything at all. Not make or break.
     
  13. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Every year is a "make or break year". Bottom line business. I don't think it's "bowl game or bust", but it's got to be a step forward instead of a step back.
     
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    In before DBT complains that he didn't make the list.


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  15. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    So you're saying opposite's attract?
     
  16. burnsgm

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    *Make or break was probably the wrong term to use, as programs have proven time and time again to recover and seemingly rise from the ashes. The post was intended simply to ask how many more 3-5 win seasons can we withstand before no longer become a program going thru a really tough patch to a ISU, WSU, Miss State etc.
     
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    Too long. Didn't read.
     
  18. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    It ain't fiction, just a natural fact.
     
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    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    Can't speak for DBT, but I'm pretty devastated to know my hatred isn't reciprocated...

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  20. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    On a 1-10 scale, how important is it? I really don't know, if they have a bad year next year, that increases the level of importance for 2015. If it's a good year (make a bowl), that lessens the importance for 2015. All-in-all, every year is "important," I don't think 2014 is exactly out of the norm.
     
  22. Uncle Ken

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    Sorry Junc. You're a total ****. DBT is a spineless *****, also.
     
  23. cubuffs85

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    Yeah I largely agree with this, way too often years, games, plays are overvalued. I hate more than anything the term "must win" game, it devalues it when it truly is one.
     
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    If I am spineless, why do I get sciatica? I am a ***** cat, though.
     
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  25. Uncle Ken

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    It was more about your voting record. Also, I didn't want you to feel left out.
     
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    Geez you finger blast a guys mom one time in a movie theater when you are 17 and he carries that **** around like luggage for the rest of his life.
     
  27. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Answer the fookin' question.
     
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    Appreciate your concern per this program. It's a good thing. Seems to be much emotion on allbuffs boiling to the top these past few days.

    If our improvement continues to grind higher, it is a minimum of 2015. May be 2016. If we do surprise to the positive and go bowling in 2014, bonus. I think 2015 is the revealing year and I feel coach will deliver. Goal being competitive all games and a bowl contender.

    So no per 2014 being the make or break. Minimum of 2015 as long as fundamental progress and team unity progress as they have thus far.
     
  29. Uncle Ken

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    Help me out on the proper decorum here, Tante. I think I'm supposed to neg rep you right?
     
  30. Burrito Palazzo

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    You're only supposed to negrep if your wife cheated on you.
     
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