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Just How Bad Has CU's (Not So) Special Teams Been?

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It has now been officially stated by me that the entire operations known as the CU special teams needs to be blown up and put back together. New players, new coaches...everything. The main reason: CONSISTENTLY being horrible, costing the Buffs points and, since the beginning of the season, not giving the Buffs anything positive. Yes, Josh Smith will bust one here and there that will give CU good field position, but not since the Eastern Washington game has he really put the Buffs in an immediate position to score. So just how bad are the Buffs this year on special teams? According to my calculations, the Buffs have given up a total of 81 points to the opposition on special teams. Get out your calculator and do the math. 81/10 = 8.1 points/game. See the chart below for a breakdown of what I am counting in my 81 points. You could argue against one of the Missouri touchdowns due to bad coverage and short punt but most of the other "blunders" are truly legitimate. The number could be higher if you factor in the momentum changers the missed field goals cost the Buffs in the Texas game and the Florida State game. You could even throw the Iowa State game in as one of those games where the Buffs convert, it may be a different outcome. 81 points. Yes, Josh Smith has a few good returns and a touchdown against CSU that would offset a few points but when the CU place kickers are 28.6% on the season in made field goals and the Buffs play musical punters in the Mizzou game, they lose the benefit of the doubt in a lot of scenarios. To make matters worse, the Buffs are 117th in the nation in kickoff coverage, giving up 27.17 yards/kickoff. There are only 119 teams in FBS! CU ranks 85th in punt coverage giving up 11.0 yards/punt. For how good WR/KR Josh Smith has seemed to have done this year, the Buffs still rank 50th in punt return average and 54th in kick return average. In net punting, the Buffs only average 39.1 yards/punt which is good for 79th in the nation. I am sorry, this performance is not acceptable. 8.1 points a game plus the influence that poor special teams play has on the momentum of the game has killed the Buffs this year. I believe it cost them the Florida State game, gave them no chance against Missouri and could have cost them the Iowa State game.

Opponent Play Result Total Points
Colorado State Kickoff TD CSU Kickoff Return TD -7
Eastern Washington Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Eastern Washington Buffs Fumble Josh Smith fumble, Led to EWU TD -7
Florida State Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Florida State Jfly Bonehead Return Smith Gets tackled at the 4, led to safety, field goal -5
Florida State Kickoff TD FSU returns kickoff 94 yards -7
Texas Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Texas Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Texas Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Kansas St Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Kansas St Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Missouri Punter Fumble Suazo Drops the Ball on Own 5 yd line, TD Mizzou -7
Missouri Bad Punt DiLallo 23 yard punt before half leads to FG -3
Missouri Bad Punt/Cov DiLallo 34 yard punt, returned 30 yards, net 4 yd punt, TD Mizzou -7
Missouri Bad Punt/Cov Suazo 33 yd punt, returned to CU 39, TD Mizzou -7
Texas A&M Missed Field Goal Goodman Missed Field Goal -3
Iowa State Missed Field Goal J Davis Missed Field Goal -3
Iowa State Missed Field Goal J Davis Missed Field Goal -3
Iowa State Blocked Ex Point Goodman Blocked Extra Point -1


TOTAL -81


TOTAL/GAME -8.1