Kick-off: 3:30 PM PDT
Record: 1-7 (0-4 Pac-12)
Current Ranking: Not Ranked
You know it is a terrible game when the the score is SO BAD that the telecast is pre-empted for hockey. That is what happened to me last week while watching the horror show that was CU versus Oregon in Vermont. The game being so out of hand the station cut from the action on the field in the 4th quarter and switched to the upcoming hockey match. And I'm not talking about a hockey game already in progress. I'm talking about the PRE GAME lead-in. They'd rather show people talking about hockey then finish showing the football game.
Wow. This is a bad year.
Against a team as deep as Oregon CU found itself deep in trouble from the get-go. The Ducks ripped the Buffs 45-2. I still contend that at least we didn't get shut out. As bad as it was that would have been worse.
And now let the division games begin.
The Colorado Buffaloes play their first-ever intra-division game in the Pac-12 Conference this Saturday, traveling to Tempe to take on the South Division-leading Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12).
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 PM Pacific time at Sun Devil Stadium. The game will be televised regionally on FSN-Arizona. This will be only the third meeting between the two schools; the first of which occurred just recently in 2006 in Boulder. ASU leads the series at 2-0.
Arizona State comes out of its bye week feeling healthier and looking at a favorable path to the inaugural Pac-12 title game. They went into their bye week atop the South Division despite a 41-27 loss at then-No. 9 Oregon on Oct. 15. The Sun Devils are tied in the division with No. 20 Southern California which lost to Arizona State on Sept. 24. However USC is ineligible for postseason play anyway. Because they are cheaters.
Arizona State is the third of CU’s last five opponents to have a bye week prior to playing the Buffaloes (along with Washington State and Washington).
To say Colorado is banged up is understatement. CU is decimated at the skill positions. Rodney Steward is out. Paul Richardson is out. Doug Rippy is out. Ray Polk is out. Anthony Perkins is out. So on and so forth. And now it's unsure whether quarterback Tyler Hansen will be available. (He went out in the second quarter with a concussion). It will be up to freshman Nick Hirschman to run the offense.
The Buffs have lost six straight against ranked teams and are still looking to snap their 21-game road losing streak. Fat chance.
Colorado now faces the home stretch of the season with 5 divisional foes in a row. It's always the divisional games that matter the most. If CU can prevail they put themselves in a position for the championship game. To do so they need to win out. Specifically they must top ASU. The time is now.