I’m not yet ready to jump ship on Colorado.
Sure, the Buffaloes lost 48-23 to Arizona State on Saturday, but let’s remember: This is Colorado we’re talking about here. To expect anything more would be to expect a much improved Colorado team from year’s past, which would mean you were, at one point, on the Colorado bandwagon too.
Now, is Colorado about to win the Pac-12 anytime soon? No. Absolutely, unequivocally, without a shred of doubt, no. The Buffaloes are not there yet, and frankly, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. But karma was not on Colorado’s side on Saturday night. Scratch that: That’s putting it far too lightly. The amount of bad breaks the Buffaloes weathered on Saturday night looked as if they were atoning for some sort of heinous crime.
Just six minutes into the game they had absorbed enough misfortune for any team in a season. Arizona State’s first touchdown came off of a fumble…from its own player. Demario Richard coughed it up, only for it to bounce directly into the awaiting hands of Kody Kohl, who took it the remaining 28 yards for the score.
Then, on the ensuing possession, Buffalo quarterback Sefo Liufau was hit from behind and picked off, which led to another Sun Devil touchdown. Less than six minutes in and Colorado had dug itself a 14-point deficit that the Buffaloes would never seriously threaten to climb out of. Later, ASU quarterback would throw a tip-drill touchdown that was not all that unlike Ole Miss’ ridiculous helmet ricochet score against Alabama.
Aside from those three, Arizona State needed no such breaks. No, the Sun Devils forced Colorado into Colorado-like mistakes, and the final score suggests as such. But the fact remains that the Buffaloes were somewhat competitive, and have been all year, which is, for them, a moral victory of there ever was one. Because right now, Colorado is hanging, and dangerous things happen when teams hang.
Go check in on those folks in Eugene and see how they’re doing after letting a Washington State team hang around.
Colorado is going to beat somebody this year. The Buffs have been too close too many times in the past two seasons not to, and this is a much better Colorado team in a significantly worse, or perhaps more spread, Pac-12. Something is going to happen, and it will be wonderful when it does, because the Pac-12 will become that 10-car pileup on the highway that causes all kinds of traffic jams and havoc and people just won’t be able to stop and resist to see what in the world is going on.
The Buffaloes almost did it last year, taking UCLA to double-overtime, and hung in against Utah, but they couldn’t manage to find a win in any of their last eight games. This, though, is a vulnerable Pac-12, one in which Oregon can lose twice at home, the first by a historical margin and the second to Wazzu. If that’s not strange enough, consider that USC has also lost twice this season, the latter of the pair coming at home to a Washington team that was nearly unanimously considered to be on the rebuild this season.
Strange things are happening on the West Coast this season, stranger than normal, which is saying something for the Pac-12. Colorado will contribute to this at some point or another. Saturday was not that day, but it’s coming. We don’t know yet when it will be – and that’s the beauty of it.