Linebackers Brady Daigh (lower leg) and Addison Gillam (back strain), and wide receiver Devin Ross (concussion) all suffered fairly significant injuries late in the loss to the Trojans. Those setbacks coupled with the lingering ones that have hampered linebacker Woodson Greer (stinger), cornerback Harrison Hunter (concussion), fullback Jordan Murphy (concussion) and safety Parker Orms (stinger) over the past few weeks have left the Buffs hobbling as they attempt to end their season on a high note.
Colorado football: Buffs making an impact on Josiah Speer's life - Buffzone - Must read story.
CU's starting left defensive end Juda Parker serves as the conduit between the CU program and the foundation. Parker has become Josiah's favorite player on the team. They talk frequently and occasionally eat meals together and play video games.
Parker said he was drawn to Josiah because he watched his cousin, Amberly Schmall, fight Leukemia when he was younger. His mother would take him every day after school to visit his cousin when she was in the hospital and he came to understand how just being there helped his cousin and her family. Amberly Schmall was diagnosed at age 6 and is a healthy, happy 13-year-old now.
Former Buffs receiver Mike Pritchard, who played nine years in the NFL and is a local sports radio talk-show host on 1510 AM said, "If he's projected in the first two rounds, I don't know why he'd jeopardize not going in the NFL." One NFL scout, who requested anonymity, texted Wednesday: "Likely a second-round type guy."
Utah’s defense is still feeling the sting of giving up 488 passing yards to Washington State and would like to go out with at least a good effort against the Buffs, who are averaging 246.9 yards passing, defensive end Trevor Reilly said.
Inside football's greatest rivalries: Colorado at Utah - The Denver Post - Since when is this game even one of college football's Top 50 rivalries?
Rocky Mountain blues: Neither Colorado nor Utah are going to a bowl game -- again. There is certainly more disappointment in Salt Lake City for a team that had high hopes. But after beating Stanford in October, the Utes have dropped five in a row. Colorado has four wins so far -- which was the total from the past two seasons combined, so coach Mike MacIntyre has things moving in the right direction. At this point, it’s about either team trying to build up some momentum.
The Buffs and the Utes bring identical 4-7 (1-7 in Pac-12 play) records into the game, with both teams needing to win last weekend to make this game a contest with a bowl bid at stake. Colorado fell at home to No. 23 USC, 47-29, while Utah lost to Washington State on the road, 49-37.
The game is both meaningless – no chance at another game after Saturday – and meaningful – 5th place in the Pac-12 South, a momentum boost for 2014. The Buffs will say goodbye to 14 seniors, while the Utes will honor their 19 seniors before kickoff this weekend.
A.J. McCarron, Boring Heisman Hopeful: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked - The Buffs come in at #81, ahead of CSU, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Virginia, N.C.State and Iowa State. OK!
Kevin Gemmell: The Utes are a different team at home, plain and simple. I really like what Mike MacIntyre has done in this first season, and I think Colorado’s trajectory is heading north. For all of Utah’s struggles of late, that defense is still really, really tough -- especially at home. Utah 24, Colorado 13.
Ted Miller: I agree with Kevin about the Utes playing in Rice-Eccles Stadium. It's notable that their five-game slide happened during a stretch where they played four of five on the road, the lone home loss being a 20-19 nail-biter to Arizona State. I suspect QB Adam Schulz will play better in large part because the Utes should be able to run on the Buffaloes. Utah 28, Colorado 24.
Colorado (4-1, 1-7): The Buffaloes’ first season under Mike MacIntyre got off to a solid start: They won their first two games to pass last season’s win total. Since then, it’s been an uphill fight. Colorado did manage to beat California on Nov. 16 to end a 14-game conference losing streak.
It wasn’t as if they collaborated in high school – Scott at Lewis-Palmer in Monument, Gordon at Colorado Springs Sierra – to form a package and sign national letters of intent to play for CU and coach Tad Boyle. Rather, the deal was largely unplanned and unspoken, formulated through meetings on the basketball court and nurtured when they crossed paths in their hometown.
Howell blog: My AP Top 25 men's hoops ballot - Buffzone - Colorado moved up one spot for me, from No. 23 to No. 22, after the Buffs' solid win against Harvard on Sunday.
At some point this winter, Colorado fans may start chanting, ‘One more year! One more year!" in a plea for 6-foot-6 point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to return for his senior season. Some wondered if Dinwiddie might look into leaving for the NBA last spring following his sophomore year. But the Los Angeles native made just 41.5 percent of his field-goal attempts for 2012-13, hitting only 33.8 percent from 3-point range.