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When Lobbestael drops back to pass, he has a number of options. In each of the first two games (blowout victories over Idaho State and UNLV), 11 different receivers caught passes, with no receiver grabbing more than five in a game. Lobbestael’s favorite target, though, is sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson. Remember Paul Richardson’s performance against California – 11 catches for a record-setting 284 yards? Wilson is Richardson’s equal.
Colorado 31, Washington State 28: The Cougars receivers have an advantage against the Colorado secondary. But the Buffaloes defensive front seven has an advantage against the Washington State offensive line. I see Cougars quarterback Marshall Lobbestael under relentless pressure. Can he find an open man and get rid of the ball quickly? Ultimately, though, homefield is the difference in this game.
A is for Aquatic.
As in The Life Aquatic, aka the Clemson 2011 of films. I know they're a mess, full of meaningless scenes and ineffective tangents. I know the ending before it even happens, since the "everyone rushes around and listens to Dabo Swinney jabber on about love and having backs and Tiger Stadium and stuff." A Clemson game will feature mistakes, immense, comical mistakes that should be set to tack-piano music and accented with clown horns and donkey brays. Isn't that right, Tajh Boyd?
Can you guess which phase of the Buff's game Ted Miller thinks will break out this week against WSU? Here's a hint: it's not the screen pass...
Tyler Hansen of the Colorado Buffaloes has some of the worst first quarter stats, completing last than half of his passes and averaging a meager five or so yards per pass. He's a little better at hooking up with his receivers in the second half. But then in the third quarter? 62% completion rate, over 10 yards per attempt, five touchdowns, no picks, tops in the Pac-12.
In the spirit of rulings like Matt Barkley v. T-100Burfict, the Pac-12 has decided to go back into the books and review some of the salient verbal jabs of humanity. Here are some of the decisions that are being passed through the books of the Pac-12 offices.
The University of Colorado men’s golf team has entered the Top 25 in the national rankings for the first time in three years, as the Buffaloes appeared in the first regular season rankings of all three organizations that closely follow college golf which were released Wednesday.
Lockridge said he is approaching his four days of practice on defense as if he will play in this week's game and both head coach Jon Embree and defensive coordinator Greg Brown said CU fans shouldn't be surprised to see Lockridge in the secondary against the Cougars. "Athletically, thank god, I can make that transition," Lockridge said. "I'm quick on my feet. Technique, I don't have any. I've never played defense in my life. "I'm excited. In my head, I'm making it smaller than what everyone is thinking it to be. I just know I need to hurry up and learn real fast."
Rodney Stewart let loose: San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman gashed the Cougars for 191 yards and four touchdowns. Can Colorado's Rodney Stewart follow his lead? The Cougars are better on defense than they have been, but these are still many of the same players who yielded 220 yards on the ground in 2010. Stewart and the Buffs running game has mostly been held in check, see a No. 11 ranking in the conference. It would be a good time for Stewart and company to reverse that early-season trend.
"I'm ready," Richardson said when asked about this week's matchup with Washington State at Folsom Field on Saturday. "It's another challenge that's laid before me and I'm going to knock it down." Richardson said both CSU and Ohio State used the same approach to slow him down. They had a cornerback play him tight at the line of scrimmage with safety help in back and a linebacker playing wide to take away short slants where he can catch and run. "It's a lot of respect, but at the same time I have to be able to be that playmaker and that guy that goes out there and despite whatever the defense has out there, I've got to be able to make those plays," he said.
Brian Lockridge crunched the numbers and came up with these: nine and eight. The first figure represents the weeks remaining in his college football career, the second is the number of Colorado defensive backs injured since August.
On Tuesday morning, Lockridge approached offensive coordinator/running backs coach Eric Bieniemy and defensive coordinator/secondary coach Greg Brown about a position switch. On Tuesday afternoon, for the first time in his football career, Lockridge was playing defense. Brown has nearly run out of bodies. Lockridge, a fleet 5-7, 180-pounder, is offering his.
Lockridge's first day on defense probably was what he and his coaches expected: "Horrible technique," he said. "But my recovery speed helped me out." And his learning speed, he believes, also will help absorb Brown's schemes before CU opens its Pac-12 Conference schedule on Saturday against Washington State (1:30 p.m., Folsom Field, FCS Pacific).
"Realistically it is (a lot to learn)," Lockridge admitted. "But I can do it. I have one class, so I can spend the majority of the day with the coaches and studying. Before Friday, I guarantee you I'll have it down."
It's only been a day and a half, but Lockridge calls the move "a good change-up for me. When I get the technique down it'll help. And communicating with our safeties (Anthony Perkins, Ray Polk) will help me out a lot. Other than that, it's just playing ball and being active. I'm having fun."
Fun is good. It's a lot easier when you're having fun.
Colorado's Kristina Schleich (women's tennis) battled sunstroke and Kevin Kring (men's golf) fought off 99 golfers en route to earning CU Athlete of the Week honors for Sept. 19-25.
"Fought off 99 golfers"...with nothing but a 9-iron. Go Buffs.