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Football Press Conference Live At Noon On BuffsTV - CUBuffs.com - Head coach Jon Embree will hold his weekly press conference today at 12 p.m., live from the Dal Ward Athletic Center. The press conference can be viewed for free on BuffsTV.
Buffs Lose Rippy For Season, Stewart For Two-To-Four Weeks - CUBuffs.com - In case you missed it in yesterday's comments
Junior inside linebacker Douglas Rippy suffered torn knee ligaments in the game and will undergo season-ending surgery in the near future, while his cousin, senior tailback Rodney Stewart, suffered a severely sprained knee that will keep him out of the lineup anywhere from two-to-four weeks, according to CU head coach Jon Embree.
A is for Artifice. Wrestling really is handy. It allows for so many easy but accurate comparisons. For instance, the current general drift of the college football season feels like a long slogging WWE storyline building to the Hell In The Cell matches between LSU and Alabama and then Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. These dates are fixed, and all other matches in the interim will be a matter of formality. Given that, the roles are all too obvious. Nick Saban is the Undertaker, with smoke filling the room on his entry, and defeat a cold inevitability. No one actually enjoys watching him, but that's too bad: the Johnny Cash is already playing, and leaving the ring is not an option. Bob Stoops is Vince McMahon: practically the commissioner, stomped out with some serious frequency in high-profile spots despite his august position, and in possession of a seriously majestic betrayal face.
56: Approximate percentage of time you should expect to convert a fourth-and-3 from between your opponent's 11 and 20. Down 17-7 with 1:11 left, Illinois faced this situation and elected to go for the first down instead of the gimme field goal. Zook caught major hell for this, but honestly, the numbers at least somewhat back up the call. If Illinois makes the field goal and recovers the onside kick, they have to advance the ball about 60 yards in just over a minute. For an offense that gained just 4.1 yards per play (285 total) for the game, that would have been a tall task. Having advanced to the Ohio State 17, Illinois faced a down-and-distance combination that offered them decent odds of conversion, and they had Drag Route King™ A.J. Jenkins on their team. Nathan Scheelhase's pass to Jenkins failed to find its mark, and Illinois lost, but a) odds of them tying the game were terrible no matter what, and b) there is a solid defense for the choices Zook made. (Of course, this assumes that Zook was using logic and hadn't just lost track of the score again.
Anybody can beat anybody. It ain't over until it's over. Blaa blaa. Here's what we strongly suspect, based on what we've seen so far, about the Pac-12.
CU will also be without senior receiver Kyle Cefalo for this Saturday’s game against Oregon (1:30 p.m., FSN); he, too, suffered a knee sprain against Washington. Sophomore receiver Paul Richardson (knee), senior cornerback Brian Lockridge (ankle) and senior cornerback Travis Sandersfeld (leg) all remain out with injuries they sustained in earlier games.
Cabral's options involve shifting junior Jon Major from the "sam" (outside) position into Rippy's middle linebacker spot; elevating true freshman Brady Daigh, Rippy's backup, to a starting role; or possibly shifting sophomore Derrick Webb from the "will" inside position to the middle - a spot Webb has played. "I can move Major anywhere I need him," Cabral said. "I just don't know right now what our plan of attack is for Oregon and what I need to do to adjust my guys. I'm going to get the best guys out there . . . I've got to see who my best three are and go from there."
Cabral said what the Buffs are experiencing this fall reminds him a lot of the transition that took place when Barnett returned to Boulder in 1999 after taking Northwestern to the Rose Bowl during his tenure at the Big Ten school. Barnett was hired by CU after Neuheisel bolted for a larger paycheck at Washington. Barnett wanted to build a tougher, more physical team after three years under Neuheisel, who valued speed and throwing the football. The circumstances are very similar now. "Transition is hard and when you're trying to change a culture and trying to change attitudes, it doesn't come easily," Cabral said. "We went through a hard time too when Gary came back."
Tad Boyle can starting thinking big. Shane Harris-Tunks, Colorados 6-11 center, practiced on Monday after missing some time with a strained quadriceps. "I can't wait for our first game. It's been a long time and it's good to be out here practicing again," Harris-Tunks said. "I feel confident. I've been playing pick-up games since May. My knee feels really strong." "Once Shane gets going, having that much size on the court, we'll be able to do a lot more things than we have in the past when we didn't have a true center," [Austin] Dufault said.