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More notes on the Oregon game

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Justin M Guerriero, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Justin M Guerriero

    Justin M Guerriero Well-Known Member Club Member

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    Colorado has finally made its statement. This long-awaited win against a supposed Pac-12 superior will have lasting implications. The Buffs received 16 votes in the Coaches Poll and 33 in the AP Top 25 poll. They are very close to cracking the list, my friends.

    I'll ask again for you all to start a comments thread here. Reply to anything I say that you find interesting or want to dive deeper in.

    Firstly, and again, I've preached this many a time, but Colorado's receivers are making an insane difference this year. Shay Fields, Jr., Devin Ross, Bryce Bobo and Jay MacIntyre are proving that losing Nelson Spruce won't cripple the team. Going up against the good secondaries of Stanford and Washington will be fun to watch.

    Next is Tedric Thompson...bad PI call late in the game and drops an easy pick...but he also broke up three passes in the game. Let's just say that if Ahkello Witherspoon doesn't get that pick near the end of the game, Thompson would have remembered that gave in Eugene for a very very long time. Rate his performance. Overall, how'd he do?

    Next is Montez...I mean wow. Forget about the two picks...the guy is a natural. Strong arm, quick, good at getting out of the pocket...The Buffs are going to have a cool QB battle next year after Liufau leaves, Sam Noyer vs Steve Montez and potentially a few other additions to the mix.

    How about Kyle Evans...We've seen gold things from him so far. He's been a nice complementary piece to Phil Lindsay. The Buffs are a deep team. They've got multiple playmakers at wide receiver and defensive back, (apparently quarterback too !). The offensive line has proved that it can function well if guys are shuffled in and out.

    And the linebackers too...Derek McCartney's loss was worrying heading into this game. Last week, Michigan ran a lot of sweeps to the outside that were pretty successful. Mac said at practice this past week that he expected Oregon to do the same. And without McCartney containing the outside, that was a frightening prospect.

    But Kenneth Olugbode, who led the team with nine tackles, Jimmie Gilbert, who had five plus a sack, and Rick Gamboa, who was third on the team with seven tackles, held it down.

    One final note: after the game, around 12:30am, the football team arrived back in Boulder and got off their buses at the Champions Center at the back of Folsom. There were about 50 of us waiting there for them. It was one of the coolest things I've experienced since I got to CU.

    It was so much energy...the players and coaches high fived all of us and we chanted the Fight Song nonstop. I hope that by the end of the year, the team will return from road games to a crowd of much more people.

    All students and alumni are invited...this is going to be a new tradition. The Buffaloes are back baby.
     
  2. StormTrooper

    StormTrooper Millennial Liason Club Member

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    The celebration when the team got back was a lot of fun. I was happy with how many students showed up. Didn't know what to expect.
     
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Justin predicting CU in the CCG against UW. Nice.
     
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  4. Rob the Buff

    Rob the Buff Well-Known Member

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    The speed sweep was actually stopped through alignment and technique. The outside line backers aligned 3-5 yards outside of the tackles and there first move was a step up field. This blocks the speed sweep and sets the edge. It is now up to you inside to follow the play and clean up the back as they turn in. Olegbode had a good game and so did Gamboa. But I was really impressed with the hustle from Caroll, Topou, and Kafavalu. These guys consistently slid and followed the play and cleaned up the back. Very impressive. Players make plays but Leavitt altering the alignment was brilliant. Leavitt and Tumpkin bringing Moeller in to play basically an olb position was also brilliant.

    On offense, I am seriously impressed by our receiving core. Against some of the best athletes in the game we have been able to get behind them. I suspect this will continue all season. I have to giveLindgren a lot of credit on the calling. I love the play mix and I love the attacking style. It is unpredictable, aggressive, balanced, and most importantly adjusts. It adjusts for the talent they have, it adjusts in game to attack what the defense is giving it. I think the theories that Chev brings have corrected a lot of the flaws I saw in the past Lindgren offenses and I want to give a ton of credit to Lindgren for honestly listening and using the ideas. The route tree has more shorter routes for quicker throws. It has man reads that lead to deep throws especially on post routes (which are easier to complete). It uses the threat of the run to suck the linebackers in and provide a quick hitting pass over the middle.

    When this season began I thought we had a really good chance at a bowl. This win proves the ceiling might be even higher.
     
  5. L Buff

    L Buff Commissar of the Albuffs Collective Left Club Member

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    Justin ... thanks for your always substantive posts. Please don't confuse any lack of responses with a lack of interest in your posts/articles. If it's responses you seek, you need to say something controversial ... especially on Allbuffs ;). But I'm pretty sure your style doesn't include that kind of approach (thankfully), and the points you posted are tough to argue with. Doesn't mean that we here don't appreciate your contributions. GO BUFFS!!
     
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  6. Uncle Ken

    Uncle Ken Orr no morr Club Member

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    kiss ass
     
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  7. L Buff

    L Buff Commissar of the Albuffs Collective Left Club Member

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    jerk wad
     
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  8. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Evans looked surprisingly good
    Ross isn't a fluke
    Chidobe had a quiet game for once
    We gutted out the Web
    The end
     
  9. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    Their entire offensive game plan was built around avoiding Chido. He is going to see alot more of that moving forward. Leavitt is going to need to get creative.
     
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    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    Nice job, Justin. And nice job with the video. How did the players interact with or react to the reception?
     
  11. ko_leos

    ko_leos Club Member Club Member

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    Kicker down? No problem. OLB down? No problem. QB down? No problem.

    One thing I think is important that hasn't really being talked about as a single topic is the system we have.

    Let's face it, it's not as if we've been recruiting major talent the last couple of years. There has to be something with the system that allows these "mediocre" players to excel. Whether it's the way to motivate player performance or simplify the game to enable maximum performance, the players (1st strings or 2nd or even 3rd) are clearly delivering some arse kicking out there.

    Getting all these facets to work together is definitely on the head coach imo.

    (By the way, I don't want my theory tested with any more players...)
     
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  12. bigskybuff

    bigskybuff Club Member Club Member

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    See Justin, this is how you get responses here.
     
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