Recapping Colorado Buffaloes and Pac-12 Expansion Stories, News, and Links
Before this was happening:
Though out of the Big12, CU had to deal with a different Mighty-Mo Known on the islands as "Mighty Mo," Moniz made sure that Embree’s first night on the sidelines would be a memorable one for all the wrong reasons, leading the Warriors to a 34-17 win Saturday in Aloha Stadium and extending the Buffs’ road losing streak to 18 – 19 counting postseason play. "I don’t know if it was first-game jitters or what,"
Embree said. "But that wasn’t us...We’ll figure it out. There’s no magic solution; we’ve got to get better."
People were talking about this:
Pac-12 expansion: Assessing the options | College Hotline - Interesting look at who may look to the Pac-12 for expansion and how Texas may not be making that much more than each and every Pac-12 school will, even with their network.
Here’s the second (slightly-delayed) installment of my look at the realignment landscape following the Texas A&M/SEC rumblings.
And here’s a 10-digit summation of the Pac-12’s position: 925-932-4411
That's Larry Scott's phone number
And though this has happened:
Texas QB Connor Wood has enrolled in classes at Colorado. No word from the school, but looks like his transfer is a done deal #CUBuffs
All week we'll be talking about this:
The Buffs came here to impose their will. Colorado wanted to establish itself as a team capable of running the ball, even when the Hawaii defense knew what was coming.
True to his word, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy called 12 rushing plays on first down. The Buffs averaged 1.1 yards on those snaps.
And that, more than anything else, was the most disappointing aspect of CU's 34-17 loss to Hawaii on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
The opportunity to join the Pac-12 is up to Oklahoma and Texas, and the schools realize the ball is in their court, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad last week. The concept of a Pac-16 regained steam after Texas A&M said it would leave the Big 12 by July 2012 if it can find another home, preferably in the SEC.
I have to say this: it sure would be nice to sit down and actually watch and enjoy the first full weekend of college football. Instead, there are additional signs pointing toward a thermonuclear version of conference apocalypse that simply can’t go unmentioned.
Projecting the bowls based on the opening week.
Rose Bowl Game: Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo: Oregon vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Thought of the week: Two things we thought we'd see on Saturday that we didn't: An improved UCLA defense and a strong performance from Colorado at Hawaii. The Buffs defense was pretty solid, though the Hawaii offense was rebuilding other than quarterback Bryant Moniz. But the offensive line is a big concern, giving up seven sacks and struggling to open holes for the running game. A struggling offensive line doesn't bode well for Cal's visit. As for the UCLA defense, it played much better in the second half at Houston. We'll see if the first half was an anomaly-- Case Keenum is a pretty good QB, after all -- or the start of a pattern of inconsistency.
More than 30 minutes after a 34-17 loss to Hawaii, Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy emerged from the team locker room Saturday night still shaking his head.
Bieniemy's career debut as a play-caller became a game he'd like to forget — after he uses the film as a teaching tool, that is. Colorado arrived at Aloha Stadium feeling confident. The Buffaloes departed after netting just 240 yards of offense.
"You'd like for it to have ended a whole lot better," Bieniemy said Saturday night. "We have to hold everybody accountable for what happened, and that starts with me. I promise you, we will get better. We will get better."
I like the sound of improvement. Go Buffs.