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October 6, 2008 3:20 PM

The heart of the matter

So CU comes out of non-conference play 3-1, loses big in its Big 12 Conference opener (38-14 to No. 5 Texas) and now heads off to play top 25 teams (No. 16 Kansas, No. 3 Missouri) in two of its next three games. And on the road at that.

Be honest: Isn't 3-2 about what you expected? It's what I predicted in August in the Rocky's College Football Preview, although I misfired on one win and one loss. West Virginia was more one-dimensional than I thought, while Texas was stronger across the board and quarterback Colt McCoy came to Boulder on a roll that maybe no one outside of Austin anticipated.

Now, the Buffs head into the heart of a Big 12 schedule that can be successfully negotiated if . . .
The O-line backups who have stepped up due to injuries continue to develop.
Quarterback play becomes more consistent -- which, of course, is tied to protection from that retooled O-line.
The defense tackles better as a whole (it's imperative against spread offenses) and the secondary continues to improve.
Kicker Aric Goodman works his way out of his current funk. He'll be needed down the road, and in a big way.

In August, I predicted CU would finish 7-5, and I still think getting those four additional wins is very doable. But take a backward glance at those big ``ifs.''

The Buffs emerged from last season's 19-14 loss against the Jayhawks in Boulder believing they'd let a big game get away. Of course, the Jayhawks left thinking they'd won despite not delivering their best effort, and based on their finish (12-1), you'd have to listen to their argument.

If CU loses in Lawrence, it will be the first three-game losing streak under Dan Hawkins since his debut season (2006). The Buffs' three-game winning streak to open this season -- and a similar run in late September, early October of 2007 -- are Hawkins' high points thus far.



Discussion

  • October 7, 2008

    3:22 PM

    NQ writes:

    No big surprise that CU is 3-2 at this point, true... What is a surprise is how incredibly NON COMPETITIVE they were in the last two games. It is one thing to loose to FL State in Florida, but the Buffs looked BAD in their offense and special teams. And it is another thing to loose to Texas, but the Buffs looked BAD in their offense and special teams.

    Sure, there have been injuries and both opposing teams have some great talent, but this is where the coaching must step up. Can't protect your QB? Come prepared with multiple quick developing plays to roll him out of the pocket. Have troubles with Special teams in Florida? Clean it up for Texas. I agree that it really isn't too big a surprise that the Buffs are 3 and 2 at this point in the schedule. What is surprising is how bad those 2 loses (and you can count the last 3 quarters of the West Virginia game, too) have looked.

  • October 16, 2008

    9:16 AM

    RC writes:

    The QB position has been a dump from the start. The defense saved two of the three wins. If you consider the back-up QB and what he has been able to do (look at the stats) with the #1 line, his stats are above average. Lets give him a shot. You can always go back to below average play at that position.

  • June 14, 2010

    3:06 PM

    Nitzel writes:

    Well played Texas, well played, All this hype for nothing and you get everything you want.

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