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Cross Country that is, but still.  The Women are 11th and the Men are 6th.  Now back to your regularly scheduled football.

Colorado_mediumThe Alphabetical: Exploring The College Football Fan Enthusiasm Life Cycle - Spencer Hall - - A pretty funny article that highlights some of the absurdity of the still-young college football season, broken down by the letter.

Hall explores the great cycle of college football interest and anxiety, reminds you why October is the cruelest month, and writes Lou Holtz gibberish that still doesn't approach real Lou Holtz gibberish.

A is for Apex.... Consult the following graph for reference: Panic/Optimism Re: Your College Football Team...

Colorado_mediumBrooks: A Conversation With CW (Conventional Wisdom) - -

In August, while sharing an ice tea and appetizers on my deck, long-time friend and colleague CW (Conventional Wisdom), shared a prophecy about Hawaii's visit to Folsom Field on Saturday. He's changed his tune, though.

Colorado_mediumRingo: Penalties show nature of football teams - Buffzone

So I thought I`d ask several Big 12 coaches how they try to correct a team with a habit of committing a lot of penalties... I started with the elder statesmen in the league, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder.

"We shoot the offenders," Snyder deadpanned.

Lots of quotes from Hawkins, Hansen, and McKnight - PLUS - Want to submit your question to the Dan Hawkins radio show? The link is after the jump...

Colorado_mediumCoach Dan Hawkins surprised by CU Buffs' performance against Cal - Colorado Daily

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said he was surprised by the way his team played in a 52-7 loss at Cal over the weekend, but he believes his players will rally with an "electric" Hawaii team coming to Folsom Field this week for the home opener. "I think our guys have great resolve and they're not going to cash it in," Hawkins said today during the Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference. "They've got a lot of pride and they've worked too hard. I don't have any doubt that they will rally back."

Colorado_mediumColorado-California Quotes - - Here's some player quotes that didn't show up in the other write-ups:

Tyler Hansen, QB On California: -"Their D-line and linebackers are really good. They did some things defensively that confused out O-line a little bit, but we'll clean that up for next week...  ...Cal's a lot faster and more athletic than Colorado State was. We knew that coming in, but their speed surprised us a little bit. We underestimated how fast they were. I think that was the biggest key."

On the game: -"We just didn't execute. It's disappointing. We had some good drives. We moved the ball well at times. In the redzone we shot ourselves in the foot. We had a few turnovers, some of those were on me. We just can't do that if we want to win...  ...We know we're good, we just got to go out there and do it.

"We have more mature guys and older guys. We should have played better on the road but we didn't. There's easy stuff that we're just not doing."

On joining the Pac-10 and this game: -"The future of our program is playing in the Pac-10, and they're a Pac-10 team. It's disappointing to think about that, but we can't think about that now. We're still in the Big 12 and we still got our conference games left. We are optimistic about them."

Scotty McKnight, WR On California's defense: -"Defensively, [we saw] a lot of what we expected and what we saw on film. I think they ran a little more cover three and brought a little more heat; zone blitzes and stuff like that. Nothing we weren't prepared for. We practiced against it. We just played terrible...  ...There were a couple times I could have had some big plays, and I think that could go for every receiver. We felt like we had a mismatch at the wide receiver position and we couldn't get the ball out.... We didn't have time."

On Colorado's offense: -"I can control what I can control. I play wide receiver, I'm not going to act like I know everything about offensive line play or quarterback play. All I need to focus on is keep getting separation and keep getting open and as a receiver unit, that's what we need to work on. We need to do better on offense. We were killing our defense today. You might take a look up at the scoreboard and see we gave up so many points, but as an offense we killed them. Whether it's turning the ball over or not creating any field position for ourselves, we were killing those guys. We need to come together as an entire team and hit it on all cylinders or its going to look like that again. We have a ton of work to do."

On the game: -"This is the most embarrassing game of my life. I don't even know how to handle it. We did not show up to play today. We have the players. We have talented guys, but we just executed terribly today in all phases of the game. We didn't all show up today. We need to. Cal is a good football team. They've got some great players.... That doesn't say that we don't match up against them though. We have some great players as well. We beat ourselves most of the day. We didn't give them a chance to beat us. We continuously got penalties and turned the ball over. That's stuff we can control and we didn't. That's why the score looks like that."

Colorado_mediumSubmit Your Question To The Dan Hawkins Radio Show - - Have a question for Hawkins? Lucky you!  They've got a form, he's got a radio show, and they've got a bar.

Submit Your Question To The Dan Hawkins Radio Show Fill out the form below to submit your question to the Dan Hawkins Radio Show. Catch Hawk's radio show each Wednesday at 7 p.m. live from the Lazy Dog Saloon in Boulder.

Colorado_mediumXC Ranked In National Polls - - The CU women's cross country team moved up to 11th in the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, while the men's team maintained its sixth-place ranking from the preseason poll.

Go Buffs!