41-21 Buffaloes Win
There was never a doubt that Colorado would win this one, but the Buffs didn’t separate until late, and miscues on offense continue to raise red flags. The defense wasn’t quite up to their usual, smothering standards, allowing the FCS opponent to score more points in this game then they have given up all season to date.
Turnovers and Miscues
Slow handoffs, out of rhythm plays, and fumble-fingered ball carriers added up to a disappointing game for the offense. Once again, it’s not that the yards or points aren’t there, it’s just that the way the Buffs are getting them raises concerns for how they will look against defenses that don’t give away yards or have matchups they just can’t win.
Defense Takes it Easy
The Buffs defense did more than enough to win this one, holding the Bears to just under 300 total yards on the day and picking up two turnovers. It was a strong showing in the run and the pass, and the Buffs defense looks like one of the better units in the South. 21 points seems like a lot compared to the 6 they gave up in the last eight quarters, but there’s no doubt these guys are the real deal, new coordinator or no.
A big time match up is in the cards, as the Huskies come into town. A lackadaisical offensive effort is not likely to get it done against Washington, but Colorado has shown they have all the pieces to be a championship caliber team again this year- they just need to put it all together.