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Reassessing Goals

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  1. RSSBot

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    By Stuart


    [h=3]Reassessing Goals[/h]Back in August, “A*Bowl is*the Goal” was the mantra for the University of Colorado and their fans.
    With Colorado now at 1-6 on the season,*with another beat down at Oregon up next, a bowl game is no longer an option – not that it has been since the second week of the season.
    Some*long-standing records are in danger of falling*over the next five weeks, records which no Buff fan wants to*hear about.
    In its 123-year history, Colorado has never had seven consecutive losing seasons. One more loss, and the Buff Nation will have endured seven straight losing campaigns …*with the*end of the streak nowhere in sight.
    Since 1915, Colorado has never finished last in conference play. A win over Washington State gave the Buffs a Pac-12 win, but it will likely take another win for this record to remain in tact.
    Dan Hawkins was reviled during his tenure in Boulder. In 58 games under Hawkins, the Buffs were blown out a total of ten times. In 20 games under Jon Embree, the Buffs have been blown out 11 times.
    Colorado*finished the first half of the 2012 season ranked 100th or worse in … deep breath … rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, pass efficiency offense, passing defense, total defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, third down conversion offense, sacks allowed, kickoff return defense yardage, and red zone*scoring defense … and that was before USC played pitch-and-catch for most of Saturday afternoon in the Coliseum.
    So, what are realistic goals for the remainder of the season?
    10/27 … at Oregon …*1) Try and avoid a shutout. Oregon will score quickly, giving the Buffs plenty of opportunities with the ball. Colorado should win time of possesssion, but then again, Oregon (101st in the nation in time of possession) doesn’t care.*2) Keep the Ducks (with Chip Kelly’s permission, of course) under 60 points.*Oregon scored 43 points in the first 20 minutes of the game against Arizona State. Had the Ducks maintained that pace, they would have put up 129 points against the No. 1 defense in the Pac-12 (and a defense*ranked in the top ten in the nation). Instead, the Ducks took the foot off the gas, and cruised to a 43-21 victory. If Chip Kelly wants 90, the Ducks will score 90. The only thing CU has going for it is that Oregon plays at USC the following game, and won’t want to get any starters hurt.*3) Keep everyone healthy … there will still be four games to play in November.
    11/3 … Stanford … 1) Try and score in double digits. But for a 21-point barrage in the fourth quarter against Washington State, the Colorado offense has struggled to score points all season. Even when moving the ball against USC, the Buff offense was its own worst enemy (first five trips to the red zone against USC netted a total of six points).*2) Keep the game interesting for the first half. The Buffs played fairly well against Arizona State … for a half. The second half kickoff return for a touchdown took the life out of the Buffs – and the Folsom Field crowd. Depending on the weather, the Buffs could be looking at a Homecoming crown of 40,000 or less. If the Buffs want to have anyone on hand for the second half, they must give fans reason to return from the halftime tailgating. Stanford is in the bottom half of the Pac-12 in scoring, but is in the top third in scoring defense. A low scoring game is a possibility, which gives the home team hope the longer the game goes on.
    11/10 … at Arizona … 1) Remember that this is the team you beat 48-29 last November. Arizona sprinted out to a 3-0 record this fall, including an impressive 59-38 win over then No. 18 Oklahoma State. The Wildcats then lost their first three games of Pac-12 play, giving up 47 points per game. Arizona can give up points, to a team ready – and able – to score them.*Can the Buffs finally show that they can score? 2)**Keep the final score within two touchdowns.*This is still a road game, and Colorado has two road victories under its belt since 2007. The Buffs felt they had a fighting chance the last time they ventured into the state of Arizona. The result? Arizona State sprinted out to a 21-0 first quarter lead on its way to a 48-10 embarrassment of the Buffs. With the Buffs coming into the game with a 1-8 record, the Buffs will need some signs of momentum for the final two games of the season.
    11/17 … Washington … 1) Give fans hope for the finale. Washington opened the first half of the season 3-3, but all three losses were to ranked teams (and one of the victories was over a ranked team). This just in … Colorado will not be a ranked team on November 17th. Last season, in Seattle, Washington scored on its first five possessions of the game. The Huskies probably won’t do that against the Buffs in Boulder, but who knows what the state of mind of the Buffs’ players will be by* this point?*2) Make some plays that give the CU video crew some*highights for the 2012 season video reel. Of course, the plays should probably be shot at field level … so as not to show the plethora of empty seats in the background.
    11/23 … Utah … 1) Rise up for senior day, just like last year. Colorado came into Senior Day last season against Arizona with a 1-9 record, and on a seven game losing streak. Coming into Senior Day in 2012, Colorado may well be looking at a 1-10 record, and be on*a seven game losing streak. Last season, the Buffs surprised everyone, including themselves, with 48-29 victory.*2) Beat the Utes again, 17-14, to avoid the first 11-loss season in school history. The game will likely have to be a low scoring game, as the Utes have a good defense. A couple of breaks, a couple of turnovers, and who knows? The Buffs could end the 2012 season on an up note.
    And avoid the conference cellar for the first time since 1915 …




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  2. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    My suggestion for the coaching staff next week -- run the ball EVERY DOWN.

    I don't care if every play goes for negative yardage. Line up in a goal line formation and just run the ball. EVERY DOWN. Try to pile up on top of the ball carrier after each running play. Take a LONG TIME to get off the pile. Try to burn the clock as much as you can.

    When Oregon has the ball, if Colorado is ever able to make a tackle, again, pile up on top of the ball carrier. Stay on top of the ball player for as long as you can. Try, as much as possible, to make Oregon burn the clock.
     
  3. leftybuff

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    How about setting a goal of just not looking like pussified clowns? Would that be too much to ask?
     

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