Kick-off: 4:30 PM PDT
Record: 1-4 (0-0 Pac-12)
Current Ranking: Not Ranked
Well, the Buffs choked and managed to squander a two touchdown lead in the last 2.5 minutes of the game against Wazzu last week. The Buffaloes led 27-17 with 5:11 left but it wasn't enough to thwart Washington State's high-powered aerial attack against a patchwork secondary that included two converted offensive players. Until the final few minutes, it looked like the Buffs were going to win despite a rash of injuries that has sidelined six cornerbacks. But CU crumbled as WSU mounted a stunning 31-27 comeback win.
What's worse is that game was Colorado's second and last predicted win.
It goes from bad to worse as Colorado now faces an uphill battle against top 25 teams such as Oregon & ASU. It starts against #7 Stanford this weekend.
The Colorado Buffaloes play their first league road game as a member of the Pac-12 Conference this Saturday, traveling to the Bay Area to take on the Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) in a 4:30 PM PDT kickoff at Stanford Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by Versus.
Colorado and Stanford have not met since 1993, a game I was at and attend. And a game where we were ROBBED! That game was the nail in the coffin for my hatred of Stanford. For those of you who may remember that game was also the “Mitch Berger Incident.”
This will be the seventh meeting all-time between the two schools. The first game was in Denver in 1904 (the Cardinal traveled by train to Colorado).
• This game is CU’s first game against a ranked opponent in 2011. Colorado has lost four straight against ranked teams. The last win of which was 34-30 over Kansas in 2009.
• The Buffs have lost 15 straight road games where the opponent was ranked. The last ranked road win was 31-17 at UCLA in 2002.
• The Buffs have lost 19 straight road games and counting. The last road win was 31-26 at Texas Tech in 2007.
Nothing about this weekend suggests any of these stats are going to change.
Stanford will be seeking its first 5-0 start since 1951 and can match the school record by winning 13 in a row for the first time since 1939-41.
I will actually be in the Bay Area this weekend but unable to go to the game. I will be attending my HS reunion. This will be the firs time ever when I am in the same area as the Buffs are playing and won’t be going to the game.
Let’s hope CU can keep it close.