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Tuesday CU Football Buff Bites - Buffs Offense "Uncharacteristic" Against Hawaii

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Colorado_mediumEmbree Press Conference Live Tuesday At Noon On BuffsTV - - Colorado head coach Jon Embree will hold his weekly press conference on Tuesday at 12 p.m., live from the Dal Ward Athletic Center. Embree's press conference will be streamed live, and for free, on BuffsTV.

Colorado_mediumNo major changes in store for Jon Embree's CU Buffs - Buffzone

After reviewing film of the season-opening loss at Hawaii, Colorado coach Jon Embree said his offense made some uncharacteristic mistakes, his defense must tackle better and the kickoff coverage unit has to improve quickly with the next test scheduled for Saturday at home against Cal...

Embree went through a laundry list of mental mistakes his team made in the opener, including seven penalties. He said he wasn't overly concerned with the number of penalties the Buffs committed, but he promised he won't allow players to continually repeat their mistakes.

"If we're talking about this next week and the week after, then, yeah, we have a problem," Embree said. "And if it's the same guy, then we have to get a new guy in there. That's coaching.

"If we keep kicking the ball out of bounds, we're going to have a new kicker. If the same guy keeps getting personal fouls, can't play him."


Cal is one of the most penalized teams in the nation after one week of football. The Bears were flagged 11 times for 90 yards in losses in a win over Fresno State last week. ... California has been a decent team on the road over the past two seasons going 5-6 in true road games.

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Moniz, UH Offense Pulled Fast One On Buffs -

CU defensive coordinator Greg Brown isn't often surprised. His eyes don't roll that frequently, his jaw never drops too far.

Not the case Saturday night in Aloha Stadium...on UH's first possession of Saturday night's second quarter, which has the Warriors at their own 43-yard line, Moniz takes the center snap, sticks the ball in the belly of tailback Joey Isofea, reads the Buffs linebackers, then deftly pulls the ball back and runs virtually untouched for a 57-yard touchdown.

Brown blinks . . . and blinks again.

Zone read option? What?

"The one play that you know is coming with the run-and-shoot is the speed option; that was no surprise," Brown continued. "But the thing that was a nice wrinkle - and to their credit - was the zone read play. When you run that, it's a whole different animal . . .  

What do Cal fans think of their team? Did CU Volleyball win? Will Texas follow us west to our new conference? Answers to these burning questions (and more!) after the jump...

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 power rankings: Week 2 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.

1. Stanford...

2. Oregon...

11. Colorado: It's possible Hawaii is pretty good -- we'll find out during its visit to Washington -- but at this point, the Buffaloes showed more than a few weaknesses while losing their 19th consecutive game away from Boulder. The O-line is a particular worry. 

Colorado_pac-12Quick look at second week's games - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Each Pac-12 team plays again this week, and no game is against an FCS foe.

California at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. (FCS/CSNCA): It's a nonconference conference game -- it was pre-scheduled and doesn't count in the Pac-12 standings. The Buffs will want revenge for last season's embarrassing 52-7 defeat in Berkeley, but Cal looked good and Colorado not so much in the opening weekend. Up next for Cal: Presbyterian. Up next for Colorado: Colorado State. 

Colorado_pac-122011 Cal vs. Fresno State Post-Game Thoughts - California Golden Blogs - The California Golden Blogs provides some post-game thoughts to the 2011 Cal vs. Fresno State college football game.

Maynard sure was exciting to watch. The guy can run, and he can pass. I don't think Cal has ever had a QB with Maynard's athleticism in the entire Tedford Era. But while Maynard was exciting to watch, it didn't come without a few moments of frustration. It seemed to me, that on some of his shorter passes, that he was lacking the accuracy or timing to hit his WRs in stride ... or at all.

Colorado_pac-12Texas to Pac-16 down from "50-60 percent" to "20 percent" - CU At the Game

"It appeared at that point like momentum was gathering for Texas to also head west in a reunion with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, one year after Scott attempted to entice half the Big 12 to join his league. A source close to Texas put the chances of UT going to the Pac-12 at "50 to 60 percent" on Friday night and had those odds increasing as of Saturday.

But on Sunday, those percentages dropped to "20 percent," according to the source, because Texas wanted to explore ways to hold onto the Longhorn Network.

Colorado_mediumInspiration opportunity: CU Buffs will honor 2001 Big 12 Champs before Cal game - Buffzone

The Big 12 Conference might cease to exist in the coming days, weeks or months with its members fleeing for higher ground and more stable footing in healthier leagues, but one of its past champions always will be revered in Boulder.

The 2001 Colorado football team is returning to town this week to be honored at the home opener against California on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field. Coach Gary Barnett and most of the roster that put a historic whooping on Nebraska and upset Texas to claim the title will reunite just as the 1990 national championship team did last fall. 

Colorado_mediumCal first team to bring former CU Buffs back - Buffzone

Gary Barnett and his 2001 Big 12 Conference championship football team wont be the only former Colorado Buffaloes returning to Folsom Field this season.

Kiesau, who came to CU from Cal in 2006, is in his second stint with the Bears under coach Jeff Tedford. He is once again coaching wide receivers and serving as passing game coordinator. Ambrose is coaching the Cal secondary after serving one season as the Buffs secondary coach and two others as an intern in Boulder.  

Colorado_mediumColorado Daily " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

On reviewing the game film – "On the offensive side, just very uncharacteristic. The mistakes, like the center/QB exchange, that was disappointing. It was good to seem them come out and play well in the second half, but we have to play like that from the beginning. Defensively, it was just tackling. I keep telling them, ‘tackling is getting more than one guy to the ball’. When you have one guy, it could be a mismatch. On special teams, we have to be better in our coverage, that hurt us twice. So we’re going to look at what we have to do there to fix that." On the failures of the offensive line – "It was really some technique stuff with those guys … We’ve been better. We have. We’ve been better, so it was disappointing. But it isn’t always just the offensive line. Sometimes its the receivers, sometimes its the quarterback – it wasn’t always them."

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs' O-line a work in progress - Buffzone

"David is our best offensive lineman," offensive line coach Steve Marshall said. "Ryan Dannewitz came in and really did a yeoman's job. ... It's always an issue when your best guy is on the sideline, but it may happen again this week. We've got to get a lot of guys ready to go." At Monday evening's walk-through, Bakhtiari was still on crutches, but head coach Jon Embree refused to rule him out of Saturday's home opener against the Cal Bears, who registered seven sacks against the Buffs in a 52-7 win last season. Senior offensive lineman Ryan Miller said the Buffs had problems at times in the opener but he believes they can be worked out. Miller said he didn't want to give the impression that he is making excuses but he said playing with three inexperienced teammates on the offensive front was problematic at times. Miller said the most important area for the Buffs to improve this week against Cal is communicating with each other.

Colorado_mediumBuffs Defeat Albany In Four Sets - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

The CU volleyball team defeated Albany 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic. The Buffs are now 3-1 overall while the Great Danes are 0-6 on the year. The two teams will face off again on Sept. 10 at the Rose Hill Classic at Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y.

Go Buffs!