Senior Nick Kasa is one of 26 players to be named to the 2012 John Mackey Award midseason watch list, an award presented annually to the country’s best tight end on December 6 in Orlando at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
CUBuffs.com: What's been the most frustrating thing for you during the first half of this season?
Bieniemy: "I just want to see what happens if we play a game where a team physically beats us and can say 'we're better than you.' I just want to see us play assignment-sound football. I know you can't always be perfect, but I just want to see us execute a game plan and give ourselves a chance to have a chance. Then let the chips fall. If we're not good enough, we're not good enough. But let's get it to the fourth quarter and see what happens.
"It's tough, it's very challenging. It makes you find out a lot of things about yourself. For whatever reason, we've been placed in this situation and I've accepted this challenge. What makes it worth the while is our kids. They fight, they fight. "We had a hiccup in Fresno (a 69-14 loss to Fresno State), but other than that our kids . . . they've played hard and fought their asses off every game. It's not like they're going out there with the intent to make mistakes. There's nobody slacking off; they're going out there playing every play to win."
Coming into the season, Colorado had 16 true freshmen on its depth chart. That alone should have served fair warning for what was coming up.
And, yes, the Buffs have played like a very young football team through the first half of the season...
Except, wait for it, red zone offense? That's right. Once the Buffs get inside the 20, they are remarkably efficient. They are the only team in the conference not to commit either a fumble or interception in the red zone and they have converted on 15 of 17 chances.
Only Oregon has a higher red zone conversion percentage. That's something to build off, right? Absolutely.
Six teams are up and six teams are down if you compare our Week 1 Pac-12 power rankings to our Week 8 power rankings. No team is exactly where we projected it to be in the preseason. So, yeah, we nailed it! Oregon State and Arizona State gained the most ground, with both advancing seven spots to Nos. 2 and 4, respectively. The biggest drop belonged to Utah, which fell six spots to No. 10, and Washington State, which tumbled four to No. 12. Yet really, it feels like the biggest news at midseason is the change at the top.
Pac-12 weekend rewind: Week 7 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Taking stock of the seventh week of games in the Pac-12.
2012 bowl projections, Week 8: Alabama, Oregon draw one step closer to each other - SBNation.com - Oregon's in line to get another shot at a team from the state of Alabama in a BCS National Championship, with the Ducks and the Tide still looking like the country's best two national title candidates.