Gemmell: Someone will get a conference win. And because the game is in Boulder, I'm going with the Buffs. The Bears continue to suffer injury after injury and they've turned the ball over 25 times. The true freshmen quarterbacks for both teams makes for an interesting storyline, and both teams have explosive wide receivers. With a lot of things being equal, go with the home team. Colorado 28, California 27.
Miller: Both teams are bad on defense, but the Bears seem better equipped to punish the Buffs. Of course, picking against the home team is a kiss of death in the Pac-12. Not sure if my Cal curse still exists, but this might tell me. California 40, Colorado 38.
By my count (and you’re allowed to check my addition) that’s 37 whiffs, which matches CU’s missed tackle total provided by MacIntyre on Tuesday. That could be a school, conference and modern day NCAA record, but it most assuredly and most disturbingly was a MacIntyre personal mark.
"I’ve never been a part of that – ever," he said. "The most I’ve ever been a part of was like 20. If you get above 10, you’re in trouble."
One ugly streak will end in the Pac-12 this week when Colorado, which has lost 14 consecutive conference games, welcomes California, which has lost 12 league games in a row. Both teams’ last Pac-12 victory came against Washington State last season. Both teams have first-year head coaches. This season, Cal came within a touchdown of one Pac-12 team (Arizona); every Colorado conference loss has been by at least three touchdowns. I still see a spark in Boulder that injuries have prevented in Berkeley.
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said he probably wouldn't have played Richardson last week at Washington if the junior hadn't approached him and told him he wanted to test his ankle in pregame warm-ups and play if it felt good.
"We’ve won three games," MacIntyre said at his Tuesday media luncheon. "I think they won one last year. We beat CSU who they didn’t beat last year. We beat a team that’s in the playoffs. We beat a team that was fifth in the nation in I-AA. So I think we’ve shown some stuff there.
The bigger question for Colorado (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12), which has been blown out in every Pac-12 game, is what troubles the defense overall? While Saturday night's game might have been the first meltdown in tackling fundamentals, Colorado hasn't stopped anyone in conference play. The Buffaloes are allowing an average of 50.5 points and an astounding 589.5 yards a game, both figures worse than a year ago, which led to the coaching staff getting fired.
By my count (and you’re allowed to check my addition) that’s 37 whiffs, which matches CU’s missed tackle total provided by MacIntyre on Tuesday. That could be a school, conference and modern day NCAA record, but it most assuredly and most disturbingly was a MacIntyre personal mark. "I’ve never been a part of that – ever," he said. "The most I’ve ever been a part of was like 20. If you get above 10, you’re in trouble."
Someone has to win, right? California and Colorado are the only two teams still seeking a conference victory. Both teams have true freshmen starters at quarterback with Jared Goff at Cal and Sefo Liufau at Colorado. Speaking of true freshmen, keep an eye on Colorado linebacker Addison Gillam, who already holds the school's record for tackles by a freshman with 86. Cal hasn't won a conference game since topping Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012. Colorado hasn't won a league game since topping, well, Washington State on Sept. 22, 2012.
The loser gets a long, lonely winter of self-doubt, of national ridicule, and (likely) the black cloud of an even longer conference losing streak.
Yea, this game is kinda important …
CU Buffs to serve 10,000 strips of bacon before morning tipoff - The Denver Post - The school is hosting "Bacon Fest," handing out 10,000 slices of bacon to those who attend the nonconference contest, which tips off at 10 a.m.
When Denver East senior guard Dominique Collier (No. 62 by ESPN) signs a national letter of intent Wednesday with Colorado, it will mark the fourth consecutive year that CU coach Tad Boyle has nabbed at least one top-150 national prospect.
"If you guys are looking for the definition of the phrase ‘winning ugly’ I think you saw it tonight," he said afterward. "It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t our best effort, but I was really proud of our guys for finding a way down the stretch to win the game. "I’ve got a lot of respect for Larry Shyatt, the University of Wyoming and their program. They play us tough every year and it was good to get a win against them. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it, we’ll learn and we’ll move on and we’ll get better. I’ve said many times you’d rather learn from a win than learn from a loss and I think our players understand that."
"It's a matter of I feel like I'm letting (the team) down by having subpar shooting performances," he said. "I feel like my percentages are what is keeping (the opponents) in the game. "Personally, I just feel like for our team to be the best that it can be and for it to reach its potential, me, and also (Askia Booker), are going to have to be efficient. I can't control Ski, so I get mad at myself.