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Wildcat fan here. Tell me about the Buffs.

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by DesertRat, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. DesertRat

    DesertRat New Member

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    Greetings from Tucson, where the summers are brutal, the winters are heavenly, and the Mexican food is unbeatable.

    Here's what I know about this years Buffs squad - improved over 2012 (which wasn't a high bar to clear, we were there back in 2003). You've beaten Colorado State, and that earns you points in my book because I'm still bitter over 1994. You've got two wins over FCS teams, which normally would be something that's looked down on but given the circumstances with the flood and Fresno St. not being able to reschedule, is perfectly understandable. The Pac-12 has been trouble for you guys so far this year. You've burned a freshman's redshirt. Your offense is pass first and your yardage is 2-1 pass-run. You also don't run the quarterback at all, so it's pretty much a pocket passer offense. Paul Richardson is a monster.

    What's your assessment of your defense? I know the numbers are pretty bad, but even then there's usually some guys doing some good things. How do you feel about your running game? The numbers aren't high, but are you confident you can run for a first on third and three, or is it a dicey proposition? What else characterizes the Buffs this year?

    As for the Wildcats, this is a slightly odd year for the program. Last year we had Matt Scott and he was pretty freakin' good. This year, we have BJ Denker, who's only start last year was against... the Buffs. The quarterback competition this year was won by Denker, even though there are a lot of people who think he's not even good enough to be a D-1 QB. But that's where this year is odd, because we have Denker and then a bunch of distant seconds behind him. We have a freshman QB who looks to be the real deal but he's redshirting this year, and we also have a transfer from Texas who has to sit out a year, and he looks like he's really good. We also lost a bunch of wide receivers to injury and departures (a couple of key guys just quit, which is the wonders of a second year in a coaching regime; this happens a lot.) Our best receiver from last year tore his ACL and he's out most if not all this year. So we went from a team that could throw the ball all over the place and run it like they stole it to a team with a senior first year starter and a bunch of freshman WRs. (This is top secret, but we're gonna be running the ball a lot this week. Don't tell your coach.)

    Where Denker excels, however, is running the ball. He is extremely FAST. He avoids a lot of sacks just because he's able to outrun almost any pass rusher. You've all heard of Ka'Deem Carey by now, and if you haven't I'll spare you the bad news on him (hint - he may be pretty good.) Teams are keying on Carey, and that's not really stopped him this year, in large part because Denker is a serious threat to run. Denker has 327 yards and 8 TDs on the ground this year. As for passing, that was troublesome for him early on, but he's gotten better as the season progresses. He had a horrible outing against Washington (14-35 for 119 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs) which may have been due in part to cold, very rainy and very windy weather. Just as we were starting to panic he goes into USC and puts up 28-44 for 366 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs.) Something happened in the second half of that game and it was like a switch had been flipped with him. Last week against Utah he went 18-30 for 168, 1 TD 0 INT. This is more like what we expect to see, 20-30 pass attempts per game for 150-200 yards. RichRod concentrates mostly on short quick routes which makes the defense lay off the running game. He'll only throw deep 2-3 times a game.

    Carey is a flat out beast. He is easily the best offensive player I have ever seen at Arizona. He makes you put him on the ground and usually gets 2-3 yards on the way to the ground. He doesn't have that top gear but he explodes for the first 20 yards in the blink of an eye. Then the defense is trying to tackle a guy from behind who routinely carries tacklers for extra yards. He's a junior but expect to see him in the NFL next year.

    The defense is improved. But that wasn't going to be a tall order - they were near dead last in FBS in a lot of categories. Arizona was in a lot of shootouts last year (39-35 against Oregon State, 54-48 against Stanford, both losses, 39-35 against USC, 59-38 against Oklahoma State, 49-48 against Nevada, all wins) and if the defense could have gotten just one stop in some games they'd have won 10-11 games. Hell, we gave up 31 points to last year's Buffs team, which didn't help the stats. This year they seem to be understanding the scheme a lot better. They won't get to the QB much but they excel in pass coverage. They're decent against the run. They are generating a lot of turnovers. You probably won't be able to run up the middle much on them but they've had some difficulty containing guys outside the tackles. Expect the occasional blitz early and then a lot more blitzes as the game goes on.

    Other things - we suck on special teams and have dropped a bunch of punts this year. Don't expect the team to wear down at altitude; they're very well conditioned, more so than any Wildcat squad I've seen. We have weird uniforms. Our mascot cannot beat up yours. I don't think any Pac-12 mascot can beat up yours.
     
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  2. chipwich

    chipwich Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    Yeah, we are familiar with Ka'Deem Carey. Check last year's game stats.
     
  3. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Need to change your name to DstRat if you're going to consistently type that much.
     
  4. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Not really Club Member

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    He might be a relative.
     
  5. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    You guys will probably win by 3 to 4 touchdowns.
     
  6. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    You dirty Rat.
     
  7. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    There are none like the original.
     
  8. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    DesertRat, if you've bothered to read this forum, you would know we had a really good practice on Tuesday.
     
  9. LaserDeathHawk

    LaserDeathHawk Club Member Club Member

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    Go **** yourself. That's all you need to know about us
     
  10. TimmyDUBs

    TimmyDUBs Dirty haole Club Member

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    All you need to do is run a bunch of options. they confuse us and will gain at least ten yards per play. Oh wait that was Charleston Southern. You'll gain at least twenty per play

    Otherwise, if you want to watch our best defensive guy, keep an eye on 44 all game. He is a true freshman linebacker that the league will become more and more familiar with each year.
     
  11. Idot Buff

    Idot Buff Club Member Club Member

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    Summers in Tucson are not brutal, bitch. If you want brutal, move to Houston or New Orleans.
     
  12. OUBuff

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    Willard?
     
  13. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Well, unlike my brethren here, I'll give you my brief rundown. On O, we can't run to save our lives. The OL gets not much push up front and we pass to set up the run. Lots of outs, sideline and comeback routes with a few over the top go routes to PRich to keep the D honest. We can move the ball, but it is far from consistent. Spruce #22 is a very good possession receiver and a great compliment to PRich's explosiveness. On D, the DL takes up space, and the only real rush threat is Chidera Uzo Derebe. The LB's are quiet except for Gillam a true frosh #44 who has been a real bright spot. DB's are spotty, G. Henderson is a great technician at CB #20, K. Crawley #2 is a talented CB but often out of position. Safety play is often a liability. Special teams are far from it although our PK is better than average and our punter...wait for it, can punt with both feet.
     
  14. 89BUFF89

    89BUFF89 Well-Known Member

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    We suck, you'll win 100-3
     
  15. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    A friendly tip. You may want to skip right past the Texas transfer and go straight to the real deal Frosh. Save yourself a few games of pain and futility....

    In return for that friendly advice, I will expect you to find a way to keep Carey off the field tomorrow night and the QB run out of the playbook. I think that's a fair price....
     
  16. DesertRat

    DesertRat New Member

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    RichRod and his OC Calvin Magee are great with QBs. Connor Brewer is running the scout team and the guys are raving about him. (Our scout team could probably win 8 this year, so many redshirts and transfers.)

    I hear there's a certain plant that is now legal in CO that can help take that aggressive edge off.

    Well, I have to get a year's worth in one post. Only have cause to pop in here once a year.

    Me, dirty? I get a shower once a week whether I need it or not.
     
  17. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    So Connor's teammates love him, and he's great on the scout team?

    You might be surprised how little this changes my previous advice....
     
  18. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Buffs are going to beat Zona like it's basketball season. That's all you need to know.
     
  19. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    My wife is a UofA grad. Her parents live in Sierra Vista. My SIL and her husband live near Golf Links and Bonanza. Looks like CU and UA are developing a bit of a rivalry in basketball. Who knows? Maybe we can do the same in football and skiing.
     
  20. DesertRat

    DesertRat New Member

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    Ah, I know exactly where that's at - seems like every time I drive by there I have to stop for a school bus. Hey , we have a ski area over here, so if you can send the ski team over when it actually gets some snow, the ski rivalry is on.

    I'd like to see the football rivalry develop. It's a neighboring state and a beautiful area, and the Buffs aren't going to be down forever. You've suffered through two bad coaching hires (Hawkins seemed to make sense at the time...) and now McIntyre has to pull the program out of the gutter while trying to catch up to the PAC-12. The basketball rivalry is fun and I think you guys are the ones standing between us and a PAC-12 title.
     
  21. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Junior Morgan Pearson ran for 8748 yards last weekend, leading the buff team to a number one ranking in the nation.

    He is supported by freshman Ben Saarel, who made a debut last weekend and surprised everyone as the number two runner on the team and made a statement as one of the fastest in the nation.

    Captain Blake Theroux is confident and cocky about the Colorado squad beating Arizona and pretty much the entire Pac 12. He is a solid #3, but would be the lead guy on almost any other team across the country.

    There is a group of three others who are showing great form and are all capable scoring.

    All these guys are basically an over developed set of lungs on a pair of legs, and weigh under a buck thirty five soaking wet.
     
  22. DesertRat

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    I knew something about this game was going to bite us. We are so hosed.
     
  23. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    They go hard for the first 23 minutes and 50 seconds and then are pretty much done.
     
  24. Ralphandler1

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    Wow..... A UA fan comes here and tries to have a forum to actually discuss the game and we have guys, who have been fans and visiting this forum for years, saying **** like F*** you, telling him he types too much and being kinda dicks about it. DesertRat my apologies my buffalo bretherin are being kinda douche bags currently. But at least some of us responded appropriately.
     
  25. sweaty teets

    sweaty teets Club Member Club Member

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    go suck on an egg
     
  26. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Noobs are not supposed to post anything that long unless it's interspersed with cheerleader pics, coed pics and funny gifs or memes. That's Boardiquette 101.
     
  27. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    Eat a bag of dicks.


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  28. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    The scout team could win 8? :lol:
     
  29. DBT

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    Impressive though. I only go hard for 5 minutes these days.
     
  30. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    That would be the people you're apologizing for....
     

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