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Buff Bites: The Continued Improvement of Colorado’s Offensive Line

The week seemed to have a o-line theme.

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What league opponents are saying about the defending Pac-12 South Champions, could ESPN’s College Gameday be coming to Boulder, and Tad Boyle finally joins twitter. Watch out for that robotic tackling dummy! Lots to get to in this edition of Buff Bites.

BUFFS RECEIVE VOTES IN THE PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Yes, a CU sports team was ranked in the preseason coaches poll. However, it wasn’t the football program. After going 10-4 last season, the Buffs just missed out on cracking the Amway/USA Today Top-25 Coaches Poll, coming in just 37 points shy of Pac-12 South rival and No. 25 Utah. For the first time since 2007, Colorado’s women’s soccer team is ranked in a preseason poll. After finishing 15-6-1 last season, the Buffaloes check in at No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) preseason poll.

COULD THIS YEAR’S OFFENSIVE LINE BE ONE OF THE BEST IN CU HISTORY?

Not taking anything away from Steven Montez, Phillip Lindsay or the #BlackoutBoyz, but the strength of this year’s offense might just be the offensive line. So how does this year’s OLine match up with those of previous years? Check out this CUBuffs.com blog looking back at some of the best offensive line eras in CU history. Head Coach Mike MacIntyre also broke down the big uglies last week in this Mike’s Minute video:

THEY’VE GOT YOUR BLIND SIDE

Since we’re on the topic of offensive lineman, perhaps the two most important positions in the NFL would be the starting left tackles for the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Why? It’s their job the protect the blind sides of two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, five-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers. Here’s a good read about two former Buffs, Nate Solder (Patriots) and David Bakhtiari (Packers) who currently hold those left tackle positions.

COULD ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY BE HEADING TO BOULDER?

September 14, 1996. Kirk Herbstreit was in his first year as an analyst with ESPN’s College Gameday, Desmond Howard was playing for the Green Bay Packers and David Pollack was in middle school. It’s also the last time Boulder, Colorado hosted ESPN’s Emmy Award winning college football pregame show. But could Gameday finally be coming back to Boulder?

According to this tweet from @WynHere, there’s a good possibility Rece Davis and the gang could be in Boulder on September 23 for a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 Championship game, assuming both the Buffs and Huskies are undefeated. If this happens, I seriously hope to see Lee Corso ride in on Ralphie as he picks the Buffs in an upset during the last segment of the show.

PAC-12 FOES TALK ANONYMOUSLY ABOUT BUFFS

“They caught people by surprise last year, but they may be even better offensively and they were already pretty good." That was just one of a few takes about this year’s Buffs squad from anonymous Pac-12 coaching staffs. You can check out more of what conference foes are saying about the Buffs in this Athlon Sports article.

TAD NOW TWEETS

It’s official. Colorado Men’s Basketball head coach Tad Boyle has finally joined twitter. As I write this, Coach Boyle’s account isn’t verified yet and he has a shade over 1,000 followers, so if you haven’t already done so, give him a follow @CoachTadBoyle.

BUFFS ASSISTANT HIRED BY SAN JOSE STATE

Sticking with hoops, Tad Boyle will be seeking to replace assistant Jean Prioleau, who was hired by San Jose State to be their new men’s Basketball coach. “Jean is ready to be a head coach, deserves to be a head coach,” Boyle said. Congrats Jean, Well deserved!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: WHAT MADE MADDY RUN

Former Buffs hoopster and current ESPN journalist Kate Fagan’s new book was released on Tuesday. Here’s a feature that ran on ABC’s Good Morning America that details the story behind ‘What made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen.’

Fagan’s book can be purchased here.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A BADGER AND A MAP

Last time I checked, the Badgers weren’t playing in Boulder anytime soon.

This is one cool looking map.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MAN VS. MACHINE

Ok, so this has nothing to do with the Buffs, but I had to include one of the funniest videos from the past week. Baylor Associate Athletic Director Sean Padden recently raced a robotic tackling dummy for curfew following a Bears practice. Padden won the race, but the dummy absolutely obliterated him afterwards.

Perhaps better than the video itself was Padden’s explanation that he “…did it for humanity. The machines aren’t gonna fight fair,” he warned, “and we better be ready.”