"This is a long road trip. But our guys are not in school (classes resume next week). So it’s better to be on the road and stay on the road rather than come back and fight the airports. We’ll get some quality practices on the road and get a chance to bond as a team."
After squeaking past Utah with a tough defensive effort, the Huskies have shown they can find a way to win, but it will take a much better effort Sunday to take down a talented Colorado team. The Buffaloes are filled with athletes and Coach Boyle has done an incredible job in just his 4th season with the team. The home court crowd will definitely help the Huskies but I can’t see them winning this one, give me Colorado 72-63.
"I've always felt this: in a 30-game season, there's going to be probably five games where you play above your head, better than the norm," Boyle said. "There's five other games where you play below your expectation level and you kind of stink it up. Last night was one of those games for us. The other 20 is kind of who you are.
No. 15 Colorado (14-2; last week No. 3) — The Buffaloes had a scare last night against Washington State, but they were able to regroup and come away with a win. That's not easy to do on the road and Colorado proved it could withstand a hot-shooting team on a night its shooters had gone cold.
Boyle said he has "much more" trust in using Talton this season. Talton scored 8 points in 11 minutes of playing time Sunday in the 100-91 victory over then No. 10 Oregon, handing the Ducks their first loss of the season.
Tad Boyle – Colorado: This was a tough choice because Sean Miller (Arizona), Steve Alford (UCLA), Dana Altman (Oregon) and Larry Krystkowiak (Utah) are all deserving of this honor but Boyle gets the nod. The reason Boyle is the coach of the year up to this point is because he has two of the conference’s biggest wins and, after losing the nation’s second-leading rebounder (Andre Roberson) from last year’s team, the Buffaloes have still been an improvement. While Colorado has gotten both of its big wins at home, the Buffaloes have shown it’s a team with depth that has a killer instinct, particularly in Askia Booker, who put up 27 points in the victory over Oregon and hit a game-winner against Kansas.
"I love right here where I am," MacIntyre said. "I do. I love the passion of this place. What we're doing administration-wise and trying to get everything going. There is a lot of people really working their rear ends off to try to make it successful.
"I'm excited about the players we have. I'm excited about the guys we're bringing in. The future, to me, is very bright here. You can always look at different things, but I think this is an opportunity to go and do something very successful in this conference and nationally. I'm excited about the future of Colorado football."
Offense: The Colorado offense, obviously, didn't rate highly in the Pac-12, but its improvement in year one under Mike MacIntyre was dramatic, particularly with true freshman Sefo Liufau taking over as the starting QB at midseason. Essentially, all the numbers improved compared to 2012. The Buffaloes scored more than a touchdown more per game compared to last year (25.4 ppg vs. 17.8) and gained 67 more yards per game (369.9 ypg vs. 302.8). The passing efficiency was much better as were the rushing numbers. Most notable, however, were sacks and turnovers. The Buffs yielded 50 sacks and gave away 34 turnovers in 2012. In 2013, those numbers were 20, which ranked fourth in the conference, and 24. The Colorado offense wasn't good by any stretch in 2013. It certainly wasn't close to Pac-12-ready. But it was much better, a trend Buffs fans should expect to continue in 2014. Grade: C.
MacIntyre walked into a difficult situation at Colorado, a program that has not had a winning season since 2005, and there were concerns about facility improvements if the Buffaloes wanted to win in the Pac-12. Coming off a 1-11 record and a roster that was not stocked with overwhelming talent, MacIntyre did a solid job just getting Colorado to four wins. Sure, three of those came in non-conference action, but the Buffaloes were more competitive in Pac-12 action. MacIntyre appears to have found his quarterback of the future in Sefo Liufau, and most of the starting lineup will return in 2014. After a bad two-year stint under former coach Jon Embree, Colorado is headed in the right direction under MacIntyre. Final Grade: B+
Four games will be played in NFL stadiums with Colorado taking part in two: against Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field on Aug. 30 and against Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 6.
Nine starters from 2013 are returning in 2014 -- headlined by potential first-round draft choices Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Brett Hundley of UCLA. But also back are Taylor Kelly (ASU), Jared Goff (Cal), Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Sean Mannion (Oregon State), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Cody Kessler (USC) and Connor Halliday (Washington State). We still need to see what the long-term diagnosis is for Utah's Travis Wilson.