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Colorado_mediumCoffee is for closers, way to go Ladies: Colorado Shuts Down Colorado State 72-53 -

Colorado used a stifling defensive effort and an early 18-point run to shut down Colorado State 72-53 Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.

Four CU players scored in double-digits. Chucky Jeffery and Lexy Kresl each had 14 points while Meagan Malcolm-Peck and Jen Reese each added 12.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: After Puffing Themselves Up, Buffs Go Flat - 

In Colorado's two-win football season, it might be difficult to determine which of the nine losses was more painful and/or perplexing. Or it might not be difficult at all. We'll try and help you out here.Embree believes a foundation has been put down this season in several areas, but not in consistent play - which was apparent Saturday. "I don't know what it is," Clemons said, noting unless players are honest in their self-evaluations self-improvement in the final game won't come.

"I think it comes with a confidence thing; it comes down to the players," Clemons continued. "Individually some of us play with passion, some of us don't. In this game everybody has to have it. If you don't, games like that will come up.

"Hats off to UCLA; they had all the intensity and passion and they played like it for four quarters. If you want to be a good team and play with elite teams, you have to come out and play with intensity on every snap and be passionate about your work."

The Buffs' last chance in 2011 to do those things is Friday in Salt Lake City. "We've got one game left to try and end the road streak," Embree said. "We've got three practices left . . . four days of football left for the majority of those guys; they'll never play again."

 If you only watched one football game this weekend, (if so I hope it wasn't ours) then you should know that the BCS is in full-on pan-delerium mode - BCS Standings And Bowl Projections, Week 13: SEC Tiebreaker Now Nationally Relevant -

If you think using the BCS standings is an awful way to decide who plays for the national championship, you have no idea. There's something far worse: Using the BCS Standings to decide who plays for the conference championship. Here are the complete Week 13 BCS standings. We're faced with just this scenario if top-ranked LSU loses to No. 3 Arkansas on the day after Thanksgiving. That outcome would produce a three-way tie atop of the SEC West, and would exhaust every step in the SEC tiebreaker until it's decided by the BCS standings.

That's pan-delerium, as in: pandemonium and delerium all rolled into one. We can thank Jeff Foxworthy for giving us a word to describe what's about to occur in college football...

 They tell me laughter is the best medicine: Lee Corso picks the Cougars to win... - YouTube

 If the Hist-O-Graph articles are any clue, I'm a nerd. Here's another nerdly-nerd series of articles about football from the king football-nerd: Adj. Pace Rankings - Football Study Hall

In today's Varsity Numbers, we're going to look at a couple more aspects of teams' personalities. In the interest of space, I'm going to post portions of tables in the column and use this site for the full lists. Below are all FBS teams ranked in order of Adj. Pace.

This is calculated by going beyond simply who runs the most plays. Teams that pass more are naturally inclined to run more plays (since there are more clock stoppages involved), so what we do here is project how many plays a team would typically be expected to run given their run-pass ratio, then compare their actual plays to expectations. Teams, then, are ranked in order from the most plays above the expected pace, to the least.

 SitRep: Disturbances Everywhere In College Football After Week 12 -

Horror, casualties, missing persons: Spencer Hall assesses the damage after Week 12 of the college football season. The SitRep usually summarizes operations in the college football theater.

This week, due to a complete breakdown of communications on the battlefield, there is only this recording, left in the form of a voicemail from the front. We are efforting a recovery mission to assess what can only be estimated as damage of a catastrophic nature to all involved. Until new information is ascertained: 


Homer walks slowly through a dark, smoke-filled shop. Strange, exotic smells fill the air, while arcane relics from a by-gone era clutter the shelves. The proprietor, a short, pale man of indeterminate Asian origin, takes a long drag off of his pipe and waves Homer over to the counter that he stands behind.  

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Colorado_pac-12What we learned in the Pac-12: Week 12 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

The Pac-12 South is a mess: Somebody has to win the Pac-12 South, despite the best efforts of the contenders not to do so. Here's how it goes: If UCLA beats USC next weekend, it's the champion. If UCLA loses and Arizona State beats California, and Utah beats Colorado, the Sun Devils are the champs (the Bruins lose a three-way tiebreaker due to a 2-3 divisional record versus 3-2 for the Sun Devils and Utes; ASU eclipses Utah due to a head-to-head win). If UCLA loses and Arizona State loses, and Utah wins, the Utes are the champs. If all three lose, UCLA is the champion. 

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs cross country teams geared up for nationals - Buffzone

"This is probably the best we've looked in the last five years, I think," senior Andy Wacker said. "The men have just been performing really well and we have more good runners than usual, a lot of depth. We're definitely really excited."

There's general excitement among the five seniors -- Richard Medina, Christian Thompson and Wacker on the men's side; and Emma Coburn and Katie Cumming on the women's side -- because this is shaping up to be the best season they've ever had at CU.

"I definitely think we have the best team we've had since I've been here," Cumming said. "We have a great group and I know we have really high expectations. We're going to go in and do our best, just like we did at Pac-12s. "Based on our training and our mindsets, I'm very confident that we're going to execute a great race."

Both the men and women won Pac-12 titles on Oct. 29. They'd love to repeat that feat today at nationals, although that's a tall order.CU is ranked sixth nationally on the men's side and the women's side. As Wacker said, that "definitely means we have a shot."

However, Wisconsin goes in as the favorite to win the men's title, while Florida State is favored to win the women's crown. "In the sport of cross country, there are fewer upsets than in other sports for some reason," Buffs coach Mark Wetmore said. "I don't know why. Generally the best team wins. Both of those teams (Wisconsin and Florida State) would have to stumble in some way for anybody to beat them.

"Behind that, though, there is a pack from second to eighth on both sides of pretty even teams, some of whom we'd like to think we can out-race. We'd like to think we can go there and evaluate the conditions and maybe manage it a little better than some other people."

Colorado_mediumBuffs Take Down Broncos 81-76 -

Carlon Brown scored 23 points and Colorado defeated Western Michigan 81-76 in the seventh-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament on Sunday.

Brown was 8 for 14 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line for the Buffaloes (2-2). Austin Dufault had 16 points and eight rebounds for Colorado, while Nate Tomlinson scored 12 and Askia Booker added 11 points. The Buffs' five-point margin at the end was their biggest lead of the game.

"This win gives us confidence and that's important in college basketball," said CU head coach Tad Boyle. "We're going to get mentally tougher for our upcoming games."

Mental toughness sounds like just the thing...Go Buffs!