Game Day Buff Bites: Wyoming Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado_mediumWideout Simas ready to make impact in debut - The Denver Post
The Buffs get some offensive help today with the debut of WR Markques Simas. How long have we talked about Simas? Finally, today SHOULD be the day that we see Simas on the field but who knows with this coaching staff.

"I don't want to hear, 'He could have been this, he could have been that,' " Simas said. "I want to be that guy. I want to be one of the best receivers at Colorado."

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - Buffs rev up intensity
Defensive Coordinator Ron Collins makes some comments that are a little disturbing. My main question is why didn't they learn what it takes in fall camp or even after the game against Colorado State? Why did it take six weeks for this to click?

"I think sometimes players don’t realize what it takes, and now these first two games have kind of sent a little shock to their system. They need to pick up the intensity in practice. "At times, they need some motivation to get going. You know, sometimes they don’t know if they’re coasting or going hard. If they are coasting, then you have to let them know. Because we have enough guys that we’ve got competition. If guys are not getting it done, then we have other guys who can step up and do it."


Colorado_mediumIt's California dreamin' for former Buffs wideout Smith - The Denver Post
Former Buff receiver Josh Smith breaks his silence a little and talks about his decision to leave Colorado and attend UCLA. Josh said that the pressure of being and impact player and Mark Helfrich's decision to leave played into his transfer. He also had this to say about Dan Hawkins:

No hard feelings for CU Smith maintains UCLA's music production department is the main reason he left. While he said football issues contributed to his decision, he wasn't upset with Hawkins. "He's a good coach, as far as personality and effort," he said. "He always made sure we played with excellence and class and made sure we knew who we were representing."

Colorado_mediumHawkins hopes CU can be comeback kids - The Denver Post
Three questions for CU

1. Will Colorado's defense prevent the gashers? "Gashers" is what Colorado coach Dan Hawkins calls long gains made by the opponents' offense. They are lethal. The Buffs allowed 11 plays of 20 or more yards against Toledo, including four of 40 or more. In the opener, Colorado State also busted four plays of 40-plus yards. That must stop.
2. Is CU's offense certain about the scheduled time for kickoff? In its first two games, Colorado sleepwalked through the first two quarters and failed to score a first-half touchdown. Hard to believe, but the Buffs trailed Colorado State and Toledo by a combined 43-6 at halftime. Talk about having to play uphill from the get-go.
3. Will the Buffs' revamped offensive line control the line of scrimmage? With Ryan Miller moving from right guard to right tackle, fellow sophomores Matt Bahr and Blake Behrens are expected to share time at right guard. Offensive linemen typically work at several positions, but chemistry can be an issue after a shuffling of personnel.

Colorado_mediumOmaha.com - The Omaha World-Herald: - You heard it here last: Weekend predictions
I laughed:

2. Colorado picks up a fumble and scores with 1:35 left to beat Wyoming at home. Dan Hawkins gets another contract extension.

Colorado_mediumCU vs. WYO on cable : All Things Colorado Sports Colorado
Saturday’s Wyoming at Colorado football game will be shown on Fox College Sports Central. That’s channel 414 on Comcast’s Denver/Boulder digital sports-tier package. Kickoff at Folsom Field is scheduled for about 1:40 p.m.

It does not look like the game is on Dish Network

Colorado_mediumESPN To Air Sal Aunese Feature This Weekend - CUBuffs.com
ESPN will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the passing of Sal Aunese this weekend as part of its college football coverage. Aunese, who started at quarterback for CU in 1987 and '88, succumbed to inoperable stomach cancer on Sept. 23, 1989, after a 5 ½-month battle.

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - Nothing personal

Gabe Knapton says Colorado barely gave him a second glance when he was a standout defender right down the road at Skyline High School. No matter — he didn’t want to wind up in Boulder anyway. "I knew I was going to Wyoming," said Knapton, a sophomore linebacker for the Cowboys. "(If) they don’t want to look at a Colorado football kid, then we’ll show them what Wyoming is like."

Colorado_mediumLaramie Boomerang - Laramie, Wyoming > Sports
Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen expects a competitive performance from the Buffs today:

"First of all, they have good football players," Christensen said. "Their backs are to the wall, and they’re wounded a little bit, but I guarantee you they’re competitive kids, they’re a competitive staff and they’re going to come out fighting. It’s going to be a challenge or us."

Colorado_mediumEven as 7-point underdogs, Wyoming Cowboys look scary | INDenverTimes

Colorado_mediumSpeedy revs up for game vs. Pokes - Boulder Daily Camera
CU running back vows to play despite nagging hamstring injury

Colorado_mediumFormer Coach Gary Barnett says inexperience, expectations hurting CU - The Denver Post

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