The CU Buff Bites:
Guessing Nick Saban just isn't a fan of the Aflac Trivia Question. Either that or someone at CBS is an absolute genius for putting this together. Whatever the case, we have an amazing GIF of Saban tripping the Aflac duck.
University of Colorado president Bruce Benson threw his support behind winless football coach Jon Embree on Monday and said he would not step in even if the 0-3 season got much worse. Benson said he is being patient with Embree, CU's second-year coach, despite Saturday's record-setting 69-14 loss to Fresno State one week after a loss to Sacramento State, a Football Championship Subdivision school.
"I think players kind of said it all after the game when they said, 'This is the best set of coaches we've ever had and we're really behind them and they're great guys,'" Benson said. "Obviously, people are always going to get upset over something. It's not the first time in my life I've seen people upset. "All we can say is we have a serious rebuilding."
SBNation has begun a new piece called 'The BCS Eliminator'. Let's go laugh at all the other schools already eliminated from the championship...
The Cardinal looked like a gang of sharks in the fourth quarter, like they were competing with each other more than with USC's offensive line. This was no fluke; that Lane Kiffin refused to operate from a shotgun late or otherwise counter the rush in any real way besides calling a final-minute running play shows Stanford has better coaching when it matters. That USC was so deeply in trouble because it was without center Khaled Holmes shows what we've been saying about the Trojans since spring: they lack depth on the lines. USC has time to get it corrected, though -- just a trip to Star Lotulelei's house right around the corner, no big deal. Stanford, meanwhile, has yet to allow more than 17 points in a game. If they can treat the upcoming Washington and Arizona as rudely as they did USC, then we might've been overlooking another non-Trojans Pac-12 pick all along.
"At the end of the day we have to help ourselves by making plays . . . we didn't make the plays," junior linebacker Derrick Webb said. "The coaches did their jobs by making it simpler, but the players, we have to step up and do our jobs."
Derrick Webb... "Kansas was bad, today is bad. I don't know if it gets too much worse than those two games right there. A loss like this should motivate you. If it doesn't, that's another issue. "All I can do is try to take this loss and turn it into a positive. That sounds crazy (because) we came out here and got our butts kicked. If you have any pride at all you're going to find a way. That's going to be our next challenge - to find a way."
Embree still insists that his second CU team is better than his first, which finished 3-10, although this team's 0-3 record doesn't reflect it. "I just know what I see for the most part every day," he said. "I still believe in this team; I still do."
...junior offensive tackle David Bakhtiari stood and addressed the Buffs Saturday in their stunned locker room. Bakhtiari asked his teammates "what they play for" and told them "these coaches know how to win - they're the best I've played for. I'm completely distraught to see how we can't execute what they've set out for us. I told them if they're not willing to give them 100 percent and do what they tell you, buy into this program, be a Buffalo, I don't want you coming to practice or suiting up."
The University of Colorado volleyball team finished its non-conference schedule with a 10-2 record after earning a pair of wins against CSU Bakersfield and Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon at the Colorado Invitational. The 10-2 start ties the third best start in school history; CU was also 10-2 in 1992. The best CU start is 13-1, which was in 1998. The Buffs also had a good start in 1993 when they recorded a 12-2 record. "To go 10-2 in the non-conference is a big change for this program because we did face some adversity early on and they responded," CU coach Liz Kritza said. The Buffs started the day with a five-set victory against CSUB and finished with a sweep of NSU. CU came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Roadrunners 25-19, 23-25, 19-25, 25-13, 15-13 and then easily took care of the Spartans 25-16, 25-22, 25-16.
The University of Colorado soccer team showcased the strength of its bench in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Air Force Falcons. The Buffs got their fifth shutout of the season to end non-conference play with a stellar 6-1-2 record.
It is only the fifth time in program history that CU has begun the season with at least six wins, with the most recent being a 7-1-1 start in 2008. The Buffs faced tough competition against the Falcons, who are off to their best start since 1995. After the loss, Air Force drops to 4-2-3.
Darcy Jerman scored her first goal of the season in the 60th minute, and Hayley Hughes added the insurance in the final 10 minutes.
Way to go, Buffs soccer!