Change is in the Air

Feels good.  Quite refreshing.  After years of publicly and privately questioning many of the coaching decisions at CU we finally get some relief.  Dan Hawkins tenure will end at CU today.

Now the program can once again be surrounded by optimism and opportunity.  Who will it be? What kind of offense? Who will the assistants be? How will they recruit? How will the recruits react? How will we fare in the Pac12?  How much will we win?  When will go to the Rose Bowl?  Everything focused on the possibility of what this program can become.

It is a huge relief.   Thank you.

Bieniemy, Embree, McCartney, Hagan, Leach, Venables, Logan…   or maybe Troy Calhoun.

Hawk –  Thanks for all your hard work and time that you have given the University of Colorado.  We are all disappointed you couldn’t have been more successful.

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Congrats to South Carolina and Sparty on a big WIN this week!  Next upset of the week…


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BUFFS End Non-Conference Play 3 – 1!

The BUFFS ended their non-conference play at 3 – 1 after beating Georgia 29-27!  Rodney Stewart, the 5-foot-6, 175-pound running back called “Speedy” averaged eight yards per carry, running for 149 yards and a touchdown in the win.

I woke up this morning and checked the score of the game again to ensure I did not dream that we stepped up in the game and were actually 3 – 1.  I realized that Marc had the clarity of vision to see how the season would go months earlier: “Let’s dream for just a second.  What if CU emerges 3-1 from non-conference play?  With Georgia very unsettled at QB and it being a night game at home, it is possible.  What if CU heads to Norman at 5-2?  What if CU heads to Lincoln at 8-3 playing to win the Big XII North?”

What if CU heads to Norman 5-2?  What if CU heads to Lincoln 8 – 3 poised to win the Big XII North?

We are not back, but it is nice to see some wins!  Hopefully we will continue to rack up the wins so that the student section doesn’t think that beating an unranked 1 – 2 opponent is a reason to rush the field!

Time to BEAT Missouri and storm onto the national scene where the BUFFS should be!

CU next Saturday…

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Humiliation is not acceptable

In Gary Barnett’s final year he took the team to the Big XII championship.  In that game the Buffs were humiliated 70-3 by Texas.  Barnett was fired as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes in large part due to this disaster.

Hawkins has at least five disasters under his belt.

  • L 52-7 Cal
  • L 54-38 Toledo
  • L 58-0 Mizzou
  • L 55-10 Mizzou
  • L 19-10 Montana St

It is time to say enough is enough.  Colorado cannot accept these results.

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Let’s Do This

It’s been a long hard winter.  The standard cocktail party question “When are the going to fire Hawk?” And this week I have the answer.  You can’t fire an undefeated coach.  And that is exactly where we stand today Coach Dan Hawkins and the Colorado Buffaloes are undefeated heading into a brand new campaign.

We have every reason to be excited and hopeful.

  1. We named a starter at QB weeks before the season started.  This can only result in a little team unity heading into our initial contest.  Good Luck Tyler Hansen
  2. The offensive line is finally coming together.  The mass of men on the line crumbled quickly and struggled to regain confidence the rest of the season.  But now they all have plenty of game experience under their belt.  We are expecting big things.  Rodney Stewart can’t say enough about how big the holes they are opening for them.
  3. WR went from weakness to bright spot.  The additions of Toney Clemons, Paul Richardson and Travon Patterson are huge both physically and metaphorically.
  4. Big Targets and Lots of time will lead to big days for Tyler Hansen
  5. It’s a farewell tour.  Even I am excited for final games in Columbia, Norman and of course Lincoln.
  6. Aric Goodman has been kicking on tiny uprights. Let’s hope it turns him from a practice kicker to a pressure kicker.
  7. We have some of the best DBs in the business.  Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown are NFL caliber.
  8. Patrick Mahnke has been moved to LB.  Surely his “speed” will be better utilized there.
  9. We have real depth.  Holy cow.  There are multiple places on the field where I am stoked to get the number 2s in because they have just as much talent as the 1s.  It has been a while since we’ve had that.

Let’s dream for just a second.  What if CU emerges 3-1 from non-conference play?  With Georgia very unsettled at QB and it being a night game at home, it is possible.  What if CU heads to Norman at 5-2?  What if CU heads to Lincoln at 8-3 playing to win the Big XII North?

Can you imagine any better way to say good bye to the Big XII than taking the Big XII championship trophy with us?  I can’t.

The preseason is always fun to dream before the harsh reality sets in.  But if you can’t feel the rush that a scenario like this creates, maybe you need to take a step back and remember why you are a fan in the first place.  Being a fan is about shared excitement.  Your team reaching a pinnacle that others didn’t think possible.  It’s not about hating and wishing ill on others.

Let’s Go Buffs!

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Blog Poll Week 12

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 Texas
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Georgia Tech
8 Oregon
9 Ohio State
10 Pittsburgh
11 Iowa 1
12 Penn State 1
13 Oklahoma State 1
14 Virginia Tech 1
15 Miami (Florida) 3
16 Clemson
17 LSU 6
18 Oregon State 1
19 Utah 2
20 Southern Cal 3
21 North Carolina
22 California
23 Nebraska 1
24 Mississippi
25 Arkansas
Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out: Wisconsin (#17), Stanford (#20), Arizona (#22), Oklahoma (#25).

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I’ve sunk to a new low. I’m so done with this season that I completely forgot to post the pick ’em last week. We did make picks, but it doesn’t matter now. I’m a day late on this, but picks were made prior to the game last night.

BK Dr E Gampp Hawk Katfish Marc Nick Ryno Mirabella
@Missouri (-12.5) Iowa State Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou Mizzou
@Nebraska (-15.5) Kansas State NU NU KState KState NU KState KState KState KState
@Oklahoma State (-14.5) Colorado OSU OSU Buffs Buffs OSU OSU OSU Buffs Buffs
@Texas (-26.5) Kansas UT UT UT KU UT UT KU UT UT
@Texas A&M (-7.5) Baylor A&M A&M A&M A&M A&M BU A&M A&M BU
@Texas Tech (+4.5) Oklahoma OU Tech OU OU OU OU OU Tech OU
Last week 5-1 (.833) 3-3 (.500) 4-2 (.667) 3-3 (.500) 4-2 (.667) 4-2 (.667) 2-4 (.333) 3-3 (.500) 5-1 (.833)
Season 37-38 (.493) 33-42 (.440) 35-40 (.467) 42-33 (.560) 39-36 (.520) 41-34 (.547) 40-35 (.533) 37-38 (.493) 39-36 (.520)

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