"I'm sorry, were you trying to tackle me? I thought not." (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Football and CSU Sucks Stories, News, and Links
College Football Alphabetical, Week 2: The Virtues Of Mediocre Entertainment - SBNation.com - Think of the Alphabetical like the Forde-yard dash, but awesome.
Thus do we arrive at Saturday night's brilliant hot mess of a Notre Dame/Michigan game, a game you probably started watching on the floor, and then moved to the walls, and then finished in the last 72 seconds by watching from the ceiling like a terrified gecko.
Neither team will set the world on fire this year. If they do, it will be by accident, likely something like Notre Dame attempting to throw you a candle that lands in a misplaced bucket of gasoline, or by Michigan helping you rewire your house and then flipping the switch and running when smoke flies from the gables. (Your house doesn't have gables? PEASANT.)
Put the two together, though, and you have one of college football's happiest conflagrations: two teams with horrible aim firing at each other until they run out of bullets, and then throwing the guns at each other in desperation.
A is for Go Read It And Come Back
There is no doubt the breathtaking playmaking of wide receiver Paul Richardson and the boneheaded penalty parade produced by the entire team have produced the most significant statistics for the Colorado football team through two games. Richardson leads the nation in receiving yards and only three teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision have committed more penalties than the 19 by CU.
Zero is probably the next most eye-catching number on the Colorado season box score to date. It is the number of times a running back other than senior Rodney Stewart has carried the ball this season. Stewart is well on his way to reprising his ironman role of last season when he carried the ball 290 times, the second most in a single season in CU history.
What's going on here? Do coaches not trust players such as senior Brian Lockridge, redshirt freshman Tony Jones or third-year sophomore Josh Ford. All three had their moments in fall camp and all three have participated on special teams units in the first two games.
Coach Jon Embree said he and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy meant to get Jones in each of the first two games, but having a senior as rock solid as Stewart has made taking him off the field in close games difficult.
Oh, and Colorado's Tyler Hansen is seventh in passing yards per game. And Washington's Keith Price, a redshirt freshman, is 14th in passing efficiency.
A further development to our headline story... CSU sucks
THE CURIOUS INDEX, 9/13/2011 - Every Day Should Be Saturday - Links for all of College Football like I'd do them if I had infinite time, creativity, and snark.
PRO COMBAAAATTTTTT [MORTAL KOMBAT] The new round of Nike's Pro Combat Uniforms are out, and first let us say how much we really like Michigan State's new uniforms.
The new Sparty uniforms also actually feature the quote Leonidas uttered at the Persians in the battle of Thermopylae, a fitting tribute because the Spartans are named after the Spartans after all, and also because like Michigan State football it ends with everyone dying.
The rest of them are here, and we recommend Navy's undershirt (a flag emblazoned with "Don't Tread On Me") and LSU's trippy tiger eye glove pattern. At last, LSU has the gloves to match Les Miles' soul.
Reading through the Pac-12 weekly release so you don't have to.
-As the NFL opened play, 228 former Pac-12 players were listed on the Week 1 53-man rosters
-In seven games hosted by Pac-12 teams, average attendance was 55,052 fans. Six of the seven sites had crowds better than 75 percent of capacity, with three sites better than 90 percent of capacity -- ASU 70,236 (98.0 percent), Colorado 49,532 (92.4 percent) and Oregon 58,818 (109.0 percent).
I don't care if they did give free t-shirts to the students, Folsom field full of gold looked Awesome!
Slive's statement also included this: "When Texas A&M joins our conference, we don't have immediate plans for a 14th member. We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers. We think about the strength of the SEC and the attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."
The important part for Pac-12 folks is the "when" that starts the sentence. "If," is a word that was available but not chosen for a carefully-worded statement.
Texas and Oklahoma officials met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12, a person at a conference school with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. In the meeting, Texas expressed its desire to keep the Big 12 together, while OU made it clear it plans to pursue membership in the Pac-12.
But according to an OU athletic department source, Sooner officials agreed to wait as Texas works through its next move. It's OU's preference to go to the Pac-12 with the Longhorns, the source said, and OU is willing to wait for a short period of time while that remains a possibility before acting on its own.
Right tackle Jack Harris, a sophomore, could be lost for the season after undergoing surgery on Thursday to repair a fracture in his lower right leg. He was injured in Saturday's 36-33 overtime loss to California. On the left side, Marshall still is waiting for the status of sophomore David Bakhtiari to be determined. Bakhtiari suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee at Hawai'i and did not play against Cal.
The status of Bakhtiari and Dannewitz will determine the starter at left tackle, but Marshall already knows he must find a new No. 1 on the right side. If Bakhtiari can play, Dannewitz could switch sides. If not, senior Sione Tau likely would open at right tackle against the Rams...
For the second straight week, the Colorado offense will spend much of its week of preparation unsure of whom its five starters on the offensive line will be. Freshman tackle Alex Lewis saw the first action of his career against Cal and played well under the circumstances. He could be thrust into a starting role this week if his teammates don't heal quickly. "He was OK, he was good," Embree said. "He didn't stand out for the wrong reasons. So that was good."
Kickers only half the story
CU is averaging a meager 12 yards per return, which is the worst total in the Football Bowl Subdivision (120 teams). Throw in the other 110 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision and the only Division I team worse than CU on kickoff returns is Jackson State. "That's crazy. I don't understand. We should be significantly better," Embree said.
"Sometimes it's the returner. Sometimes it's guys running back and then not seeing who to block and losing sight of their man. It's inexcusable, but we're going to keep looking at some different guys back there who maybe have a little electricity cause I know we didn't block it clean for Ben Kelly. He just had a knack. Hopefully we have somebody on the team who has a knack of hitting that hole."
Embree has played 10 true freshman in the first two games and says more will play in coming weeks. He mentioned running back D.D. Goodson and offensive lineman Paulay Asiata as candidates to play. ... Jason Espinoza has moved from wide receiver to cornerback. Espinoza began his CU career as a defensive back.
Colorado coach Jon Embree says Tony Jones will definitely get some carries this weekend. #CUBuffs
Quick look at Week 3 games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Jeez, Oregon State could use the week off
Oregon State is the only Pac-12 team off this week, and there are several big nonconference games and a big conference one in Tucson.
Colorado versus Colorado State sucks (Denver), 1:30 p.m., FSN: The Buffaloes took a step forward last weekend against California after a poor showing at Hawaii, but at 0-2 they are desperate for a win. The Rams are 2-0 after beating New Mexico and Northern Colorado. The Buffs have won four of the past six in the series.
And we're going to win again! Go Buffs!