The Colorado - Cal game is showing up on people's radar; as a RalphieReport user noted, it made Pat Forde's list of games to see. That's not good enough for me; I won't be satisfied until there's news of our resounding victory coming out of Berkeley. Go Buffs!
In Johnson's Week 2 lineup, junior Mike Iltis is expected to open at left guard in place of junior Ethan Adkins. Iltis, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder, played 35 snaps to Adkins' 25 and earned a 91 percent grad to Adkins' 80. Johnson's grading system is based on number of finishes/knockdown blocks, touchdown blocks, quarterback sacks/pressures allowed and penalties drawn.
Johnson called Iltis "a quality player" who showed up particularly well on the Buffs' 82-yard scoring drive last weekend against the Rams. The march opened with five consecutive runs by tailback Rodney "Speedy" Stewart and was easily the Buffs' most consistent offensive series of the afternoon. "From a total offense standpoint, to go 82 yards was impressive - and Mike was a contributor to that," Johnson said.
The Buffs believe Patterson set the tone for the 2010 season last Saturday at Invesco Field. When Tyler Hansen, facing a third-and-18 in a scoreless game, delivered a simple pass to his new weapon on a short crossing pattern and No. 2 ran away from the Colorado State secondary for a touchdown.
In years past, CU`s receiver would have likely been tackled for a 7-yard gain, and the Buffs would have settled for an Aric Goodman field goal attempt.
"The more ways we can get No. 2 the ball, the better," Hansen said. "We can use him in so many different ways because he`s so versatile. The more we give him the ball, I think our offense will move better." At the end of the 24-3 victory over the Rams, Patterson still only had the one catch. But he also produced punt returns of 25 and 22 yards -- both efforts would have been season bests for the Buffs in 2009 -- that were close to being broken for touchdowns.
Golden Spotlight: The Colorado Buffaloes - California Golden Blogs - Through the looking glass: Cal Golden Blog's preview of CU and the CU-Cal game. It's interesting to see a thorough review from a [mostly] different perspective (they have a few quotes from David in there).
Also: For any of you going to the game: Cal Golden Blogs has invited any of the Ralphie Report readers to join their on-campus tailgate at 10am on Faculty Glade. We'll play like we've never seen Happy Gilmore, and you can choose to ignore their 'Eating the Enemy' article... or not.
"You win, the wagon gets fuller. You lose, the wagon gets lighter," he said. "That’s pretty much the case everywhere." Hawkins' Buffaloes wagon is carrying a few more passengers after last week's 24-3 win over rival Colorado State, and like every weekend, he'll have a chance to pick up -- or lose -- a few more with a game at future Pac-10 opponent Cal.
Speaking of wagons, Bernard Jackson has his wagon rolling again at CSU-Pueblo. That plus ESPN's Big12 blogger predicts week 2: after the jump.
Support comes from surprising places for ex-CU player - The Denver Post - Bernard Jackson is turning things around, with the help of lots of Buffs. He also gets to play football again; Ex-CU QB Bernard Jackson off to impressive start at CSU-Pueblo. A quote from the Post article:
Wristen said the plan was to use Jackson at wide receiver and in "package" situations at quarterback, and through two games, the plan has gone well. The Thunderwoves are the only Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team off to a 2-0 start in non-league play.
Big 12 predictions: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
A nice start to the season, going 11-1 (91.6 percent) on my picks last week, but plenty of those were gimmes. I hit on all the swing games, but the Ja
Trivia courtesy of ESPN's Big 12 Blog, Part 1: Nebraska tried to schedule Boise St. but didn't want to pay them $1,000,000 to visit Lincoln. I can't say I blame either party.
Trivia courtesy of ESPN's Big 12 Blog, Part 2: Week 2: Did you know? - Ubben pulls together all the weird stats from the SID's of the Big 12. For instance:
Did you know last week was the first time since 1998 that three RB's each ran for 200 yds in the same week?
Did you know that OU's Landry Jones completed 31% of his passes beyond 15 yards last year?
Did you know that Colorado's 3 INTs were the most in a single game since 2007 vs. Nebraska?
Did you know that the Buffs are going to win tomorrow? I bet you did. GO BUFFS! Beat Cal!