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Moving on from Oregon State, Previewing the Buffaloes basketball season.

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"Colorado was well prepared," allowed OSU head coach Mike Riley.

"Boy, have they gotten so much better. They had a heartbreaker on the road last week and they came out here ready to win a game. I was really worried at halftime because they had taken the lead, gotten momentum."

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Which was harder to take?

Last season in Corvallis, Colorado stayed with Oregon State for almost a half. By the end of the third quarter, though, it was 38-3, with the Buffs posting a pair of fourth quarter consolation touchdowns in a 44-17 final.

This season in Boulder, Colorado stayed with Oregon State throughout the entire game. Falling behind 14-0 early, the Buffs rallied to take a 21-20 lead, and were poised for a game-winning touchdown drive before failing to move the sticks in OSU territory in a 36-31 loss.

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It's becoming clear that Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau is likely to hold every major passing record in school history before he graduates unless he hits a ceiling in his development or takes a dramatic step back. After 14 games, 13 as a starter, he already is 10th in school history in career passing yards and eighth in touchdown passes.

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MacIntyre called the defeat "a tough loss for our young men. We fought hard but that’s two (close losses) in a row . . . we’ve been in every game but we’re 2-4 (overall). That’s the reality." Another frustrating sliver of reality: In its past two games, CU has totaled 87 points and 1,061 yards in total offense and come away with two 'L's.

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It's becoming clear that Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau is likely to hold every major passing record in school history before he graduates unless he hits a ceiling in his development or takes a dramatic step back. After 14 games, 13 as a starter, he already is 10th in school history in career passing yards and eighth in touchdown passes.

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Quarterbacks - Just another week of epic performances by Pac-12 quarterbacks. Connor Halliday, Jared Goff, Anu Solomon, Marcus Mariota, Sefo Liufau and Sean Mannion and even Mike Bercovici and Kendal Thompson in relief duty on the road getting huge wins. This is going to be remembered as the year where Pac-12 quarterbacks became unstoppable.

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It should be noted OSU was flagged for pass interference call in the fourth quarter with a defender covering CU wide receiver Tyler McCulloch. There appeared to be a similar level of contact between those players as there was on the play involving Crawley.

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Colorado is the worst team in the conference but not by much: Had the ball bounced the Buffs' way a bit more last weekend, maybe they would've come up with the win over Cal. And against Oregon State, the win was within reach. Colorado is making strides, and with Sefo Liufau commanding that offense the next two years, who knows what happens? Right now this is a team that's going to compete in the Pac-12, but it just isn't good enough to finish games quite yet. Until the Buffs get there, they'll be at the bottom of the pack.

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"You leave every game with such a sick feeling in your stomach," McCulloch said. "I can't even sleep at night after games because we're so close every week. We're making changes every week. We can't find a way to finish. We have to dig deep and find a way."

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There are two teams whose rankings are not up for debate: Arizona at No. 1 and Colorado at No. 12. The rest is an absolute crapshoot that can be debated in circles until next week's slate of games undoubtedly shakes things up again. However, while Colorado is the clear choice at No. 12 because of its 0-3 conference record and underwhelming wins against Massachusetts and Hawaii, the gap is narrow. The Buffs fell in double overtime last week against Cal and came up just short against Oregon State on Saturday. If Colorado played Arizona this week (instead of Nov. 8), would a Wildcats victory be a guarantee? Nope. Far from it. That's the Pac-12 this year.

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The lone Pac-12 team that doesn’t look to have a shot at the title. The Buffs are much improved again in 2014, but getting wins in a Pac-12 this tough is not going to be easy for them.

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When the Buffs were shuffling around following Dinwiddie's injury last year, the backcourt briefly went with Booker as a true point guard and Hopkins as the starter at shooting guard. Hopkins' growth in his second season, not to mention that of Fletcher and Thomas, could be key. Add in four-star freshman point guard Dominique Collier and freshman power forward Tory Miller, and the potential for additional contributors could be the boost Colorado sorely needs.

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"[Recruiting] is different every year," he said.  "For 2015 we only have one scholarship, so for us to find that perfect guy, it’s a little harder. We only get seven evals a year per kid, so we have to make sure that our evaluation is thorough and when we bring it back to coach [Boyle], don’t waste his time. So we’ll go out and we’ll watch these kids, and after July we’ll reconvene and we’ll talk and we’ll see what exactly our team needs, and then we’ll go from there. In the fall, it’s really specific to each position, each player, and depending on what we need, we’ll go get that guy."