The University of Colorado will unveil a special contribution from the creators of the television show "South Park" on the Folsom Field video boards approximately 10 minutes before kickoff Saturday night when CU takes on No. 16 Arizona State in the home opener.
Why Arizona State will win: The Sun Devils’ impressive offensive display over the first two weeks has done nothing to dispel coach Todd Graham’s preseason proclamation that this would be his best offensive team yet. The lack of quality competition makes ASU still a bit of an unknown, but there should be no problems against Colorado, which still has some ground to make up before it can expect to beat other Pac-12 teams.
"It’s going to be way faster . . . the Pac-12 is all about speed and ASU, that’s one thing they’ve got," said freshman defensive tackle Eddy Lopez, who played for the first time at the collegiate level against the Minutemen. "They play at a fast tempo and we’re already practicing play after play after play. The speed’s going to be different but I think I can adjust to it."
The Buffs face a tall task this week in trying to slow down an Arizona State team that is averaging 52 points and nearly 600 yards of offense after its first two games. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 16 in the nation in this week's Associated Press poll for good reason. They have nearly all their firepower back from last season's team.
He says that Powell is "fresher and healthier" and that he is going to be "playing a lot of different roles for us." MacIntyre states that he’ll be "playing on kickoff coverage some, playing on punt coverage some, playing fullback some, playing tailback some."
On Saturday night, the Buffs (1-1) will host No. 16 Arizona State (2-0) in the home opener. It's a "black-out" game, but CU is expecting nearly 15,000 empty seats. That's been a usual occurrence in recent years.
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"I think it could be a measuring stick, but they're a really good team and we're going out there to win," CU quarterback Sefo Liufau said.
"We're not going out there to measure how close we can lose by. No one should ever go in with that mindset. We're going in there to win. We're going in to win every Pac-12 game.
So while revenue is split between the television networks and those particular conferences, the Pac-12 gets all the money they earned back from the network. It's part of the reason that Scott isn't in any hurry to get widespread distribution. His conference is raking in cash.
Honorable mention: Sefo Liufau, Colorado, almost made the list for picking up a win for Colorado. He completed 26 of 42 passes for 318 yards and threw three touchdowns and one pick. That alone is really darn impressive. However, his adjusted QBR was 57. Wilson was at 68 and Mannion was at 75. This list isn’t just about the QBR scale but it is taken into consideration. Congrats, Liufau and the Buffs on the win, but you just missed the power rankings this week.
What we've learned: It might be another slog for Colorado. The preseason hope for Season 2 of Mike MacIntyre's rebuilding job was a strong 2-0. That would give a young team confidence. But, based on the early returns, this team could take a step back compared to 2013. Even the visit from Hawaii, which challenged both Washington and Oregon State, looks like a tossup. Of course, if the Buffs go nose-to-nose with the Sun Devils on Saturday ...
Chauncey Billups is retiring, and of all the great things we can say about him, or to him, the most important is simple – thank you. Chauncey has given us – you, me, the city of Denver and the state of Colorado – far more than 17 years of professional basketball worthy of the Hall of Fame. He’s given us an identity, a trump card in which to end a sports debate, a hero.
It’s 8:45 a.m. and Collier has just finished the first of his two workouts for the day. Securing his commitment was the coup of head coach Tad Boyle’s 2014 recruiting cycle. Collier, a local phenom, was never destined for Colorado — he was an ESPN Top 100 recruit, and entertained an offer from Pac-12 king Arizona.
"I think when I first came out of college, I really envisioned this for me," he told The Post WHILE sitting in a hotel during a road trip in 2008, soon after he was traded to the Nuggets. "But there was no reason for me not to envision that. Because I had been a high school All-American, a college All-American, No. 3 in the draft behind Tim Duncan, one of the best of all time. So I had no reason not to believe that my career could go like this."