CU is 2-16 on the road under coach Dan Hawkins, including last year's game against Florida State at Jacksonville, a contest that was technically a "neutral site" game although it was played in Florida and more than 1,700 miles from Boulder. The Buffs have lost their past nine road games — including Florida State — and have not won a Big 12 road contest since Oct. 27, 2007, when they beat Texas Tech 31-26. That year, CU also beat Baylor in Waco. Those are the two road wins in the Hawkins era.
It makes sense for CU to do all it can to force that passing game to produce today. If the Buffs allow running back Daniel Thomas, the Big 12's third leading rusher, to have his way, it might be a long day for the defense.
CU wants to stuff the run and make the Wildcats pass. It has been a winning formula for CU twice this season and led to some near-misses as well. Defensive coordinator Ron Collins has the Buffs playing well after a slow start this season. The most dramatic improvement has come in stopping the run. CU has held Kansas and Texas -- both nationally ranked programs -- to a combined total of 38 rushing yards the past two weeks once sack yardage is deducted.
Ringo picks the Buffs 24 - 21, even suggesting that Colorado matches up even or better against Kansas State in every phase of the game except special teams. Yes, coaching was included in the head to head matchups where the Buffs were considered even with Kansas State.
Here is a stat I didn't know about Jimmy Smith...who knows if its accurate, I am almost positive it isn't because I know both Shipely and Briscoe caught a ball against him in man coverage but still like the recognition for Smith:
Biggest surprises: In order, the candidates are Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has allowed one completion in man coverage; Texas Tech running back Harrison Jeffers; Texas defensive tackles Kheeston Randall and Ben Alexander; and OSU receiver Hubert Anyiam.
Uncoach of the Year: Colorado's Dan Hawkins wins top — rather, bottom — honors in falling way short of his bid for 10 wins and waiting too long to switch to quarterback Tyler Hansen. However, Sherman could edge out Hawkins if the Aggies win fewer than six games, which is likely.
"I don’t think it’s healthy to have one division that’s just clearly dominant," he said. Beebe preaches a mixture of creativity and patience. "At the beginning of the conference (1996), you had Kansas State, Nebraska and Colorado were the dominant teams," he said. "Texas and Oklahoma weren’t as good. I think it could be cyclical and that we could be in the situation where that might turn around someday."
"I feel a little bit of anger," Cory Higgins said as he looked around the room at his more popular and appreciated peers. "I just want to earn respect I guess. It`s about that time. I`ll use this as motivation." Higgins, selected All-Big 12 third team as a sophomore, has earned individual accolades. The 6-foot-5 junior guard led the conference in steals (59), was fifth in the conference in scoring (17.5 ppg) and also led CU in rebounding (5.4 rpg) last season.
Friday football roundup | After School
Colorado Buffaloes commit Nick Hirschman is piling up the stats right now. Last night, he completed 12 passes for 413 yards and five scores. His Los Gatos team won 47 - 0.
Seniors Nick Hirschman and Andrew Berg put on a show, hooking up for four touchdowns, including back-to-back strikes of 70 and 69 yards. Hirschman finished 12-of-17 for 413 yards and five touchdowns; Berg had 247 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Jake Hackman-Salazar added 166 receiving yards and a TD. Joey Visuzzi had 19 tackles, Alec Gletzer added 14 tackles and Charlie Zweng had two fumble recoveries for Los Gatos.