BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes were set to take on USC in a game that could have decided the winner of the Pac-12 South, but that no longer appears to be the case. The Colorado-USC matchup that was set to be played in Los Angeles on Saturday has been called off, according to The Mercury News’ John Wilner. https://twitter.com/wilnerhotline/status/1332135511796813824?s=21 (UPDATE:…...
In the first game of the 2020-2021 season, Colorado did not take long to hit its stride.
In fact, the Buffaloes came out in what looked like mid-season form as they controlled both ends of the floor. Eight players played over 15 minutes in the game, with nine players notching an assist.
In short, the Buffs played great team basketball, beating South Dakota 84-61.
Here are a few main takeaways from the impressive opening victory:
BOULDER – It's no secret that Colorado has a big game this week.
Colorado has never beaten USC in 14 tries.
Colorado is 0-11 since 2017 when playing for postseason eligibility.
Colorado and USC are not only the only two teams in the Pac-12 South that remain unbeaten three weeks into the season, but they're also the only two teams in the division that are .500 or better.
So there will be a lot on the line, including a likely berth in the Pac-12 title game, when the Buffs take on the Trojans in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Or should we say if the Buffs take on the Trojans?
BOULDER — At last, the day has come.
At 6 p.m., the Colorado Buffaloes will tip-off their 2020-2021 basketball season, taking on South Dakota in round one of the inaugural Little Apple Classic.
While taking on two inferior opponents on paper, the Buffs have a great chance to iron out early mistakes and build chemistry among this fairly young team. With games against South Dakota, Colorado should come away from this week undefeated while still learning a lot about this roster.
Here are three things to watch for this week:
BOULDER — With snow becoming more frequent and temperatures dropping, only one thing comes to mind: college basketball is back.
In a year unlike any other, 2020 has brought its share of woes. It feels like just yesterday that college basketball postseason festivities were cancelled out of the blue.
And what was one of the last completed college basketball game, you may ask? A Colorado Buffaloes loss in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. A loss that completed a five-game skid for the Buffs after a very promising campaign.
Since this was the last time anyone saw Colorado compete, it makes sense to temper expectations for a squad that skyrocketed up rankings during the season just to lose all momentum in the final month.
But there is hope – the 2020-2021 Colorado Buffaloes may just be stronger top-to-bottom than before, and they're primed to put together another 20-win season and return to the big dance.
BOULDER – Let's acknowledge the elephant in the room: Colorado has never beaten the University of Southern California in football.
Over the course of the last 93 years, the Buffaloes have taken on the Trojans 14 times and have never won. USC has outscored CU 484-220.
This Saturday, when the Buffs travel to Los Angeles for a midday matchup, would be a good time to flip the script. Colorado and USC sit atop the Pac-12 South standings. Every other team in the division has a losing record. The winner on Saturday will be the only remaining unbeaten team in the division and would hold the tiebreaker with two games to play.
In short, the winner on Saturday will be squarely in the driver's seat to take the South Division's spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 19.
BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday morning that teams are now permitted to schedule non-conference football opponents, if the scheduled conference opponent is unable to play. Unfortunately for the Colorado Buffaloes, they will still not be playing a non-conference team this weekend to replace the Arizona State game that was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the ASU…...
Made official this evening, Tyler Bey is headed to the NBA. With the 36th overall selection – the sixth of the second round – the Dallas Mavericks grabbed the 6-foot-7 Forever Buff. This marks the sixth NBA Draft selection from Tad Boyle during his tenure at Colorado, with more on the horizon. Dallas acquired the pick in a trade that…...
BOULDER – As of now, the Colorado Buffaloes are on their bye week.
The Buffaloes would have hosted Arizona State on Saturday in #Pac12AfterDark action, but late last week, enough Sun Devils tested positive for COVID-19 to cancel last Saturday's game against Utah. On Sunday, the Pac-12 decided that ASU's circumstances wouldn't change enough to allow the Sun Devils to take on Colorado, so that game was canceled as well.
"We knew that I some point in time it was going to happen over the course of the season where there's going to be a no-contest, a postponement, a cancellation," head coach Karl Dorrell said during his weekly press conference. "It is unfortunate for us that we are coming off of two games (that we won), playing well and winning games and now we have a little bit of a pause in the season."
Instead of implementing a gameplan to be used against Arizona State, the emphasis at practice is now looking inward to find ways to improve, and getting practice reps for depth players who typically wouldn't spend time on the field while Colorado is preparing for its next opponent.
"We'd like to get them some expereience playing," Dorrell said. "Anytime we can do that with guys that haven't played it helps their confidence and in-game experience of what it feels like when they do play."
BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes released their non-conference schedule for men's basketball today, rounding out who CU will face in the 2020-21 regular season.
Additionally, the Pac-12 is beginning its 20-game conference schedule this season and added some new games in December. Combined with the new non-conference opponents released today, Colorado fans are in for one exciting season.
Let's dive into all these games.
The Colorado Buffaloes beat the Stanford Cardinal 35-32 in Palo Alto, Saturday night. The win was Colorado’s second in two tries, leaving them perfect this season and tied for first place in the Pac-12 South with USC. Here’s what we learned on Saturday: The Buffs’ defense is fierce In Week 1, Colorado’s defensive front didn’t spend much time in the…...
BOULDER – The 1-0 Colorado Buffaloes are on their way to Palo Alto to take on the Stanford Cardinal. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Following an offensive explosion in Week 1 that was largely the result of spectacular starting debuts from quarterback Sam Noyer and running back Jarek Broussard, the Buffaloes will face a tougher task in Week 2.
Stanford's front seven may not be what it once was, but it still has the potential to be one of the better units in the Pac-12. The explosiveness is lacking but the Cardinal defensive line is stout and strong, which could challenge Colorado.
The Buffs beat Stanford 16-13 in Boulder last year and this year's contest could resemble that game more than the high-scoring affair Colorado found itself in versus UCLA on Saturday.
Here are three matchups to keep an eye on when Colorado and Stanford take the field:
BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team signed four players to their 2021 recruiting class, Wednesday morning.
These four players make up an incredible haul for head coach Tad Boyle and Co., as their 2021 class is ranked 4th in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation by 247Sports. In short, Colorado has a lot to be excited about for the future of their basketball program.
So, let's dive in and meet these guys:
BOULDER – Week 1 is in the books and Colorado is still undefeated following a 46-42 home win over UCLA.
"We obviously got a very good win. It's a good start for us," Dorrell said during his weekly press conference Monday. "For the first game, we definitely have a lot of issues to correct in oall phases; special tems, defensively, offensively. We're looking forward to another opportunity this weekend."
Colorado scored its second touchdown of the game halfway through the first quarter and UCLA never got possession of the ball in a one-score game the rest of the way. Despite the Buffs' dominance, though, the Bruins built some momentum in the second half, thanks to a combination of mistakes on Colorado's part and some great plays from the visitors.
Colorado missed three field goals and blew some coverages, which led to a three-touchdown run for UCLA in the middle of the game. Dorrell said that one of the talking points prior to the game was trying to match the big plays that UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson would likely create during the game becuase of "his elusiveness in the pocket and how dangerous he can be in open field."
"We've got to make a few more plays than he does to win the game and that's what we were able to do," Dorrell said.
BOULDER – Here’s a question for you, Buffs fan: If you had the option at Colorado to take five bowl appearances in the next five years, would you do it? Of course you would. But for some reason, way back in 2007, UCLA said that wasn’t good enough and that Karl Dorrell should be fired, despite never missing the postseason.…...
BOULDER – The Buffs are officially back! Following an 11-month absence, the Colorado Buffaloes took to the football field to take on the UCLA Bruins. The Buffs knocked off the Bruins 48-42. It was an impressive win in an empty Folsom Field, but it could have been better: Colorado held a 28-point first-half lead that narrowed as the night went…...
BOULDER – It’s almost here. The Colorado Buffaloes will host the UCLA Bruins at Folsom Field in both teams’ season-opener at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Here are the Buffs’ keys to victory: Establish the run game I mean, this was obvious, right? With Sam Noyer starting a game at quarterback for the first time…...
BOULDER – The Colorado backfield isn't as congested as it was a week ago, but that isn't necessarily a good thing.
CU announced Monday that starting runnning back Alex Fontenot – the Pac-12's second-leading returning rusher – will miss the first game of the season with an undisclosed injury. Fontenot sustained the injury late last week and head coach Karl Dorrell said he hoped to get Fontenot back this season, though he didn't have a timeline for reporters.
With Fontenot out, sophomore Jarek Broussard is listed as the Buffs' starter. Broussard, a 5-foot-9 jitterbug, has never taken a snap for Colorado, primarily due to a pair of torn ACLs. He was the favorite to be the Buffs' receiving back last season prior to the second injury, in camp.
BOULDER – The decision has been made. Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell told reporters Friday that senior Sam Noyer would start for the Buffs this season. He announced his decision to the team just a few minutes prior. Noyer was in competition with junior Tyler Lytle for the job. Dorrell said it was a very close competition but Noyer won…...
BOULDER – Finding somebody to carry the rock won't be a problem for Colorado in 2020. In fact, the struggle may be in deciding who to leave on the bench.
"If the game is tight, you probably rotate three guys," running backs coach Darian Hagan told reporters Wednesday.
The problem is that there are at least four running backs who seem to be deserving of a regular role in the Buffs' offense. Alex Fontenot leads the group and is entering is junior year as the second-leading returning rusher in the Pac-12.
"Last year was his first year being a full-time starter and the game was a little to him early in the season," Hagan said of Fontenot. "As we got later in the season, the game started slowing down for him,"
But expecting Fontenot to recreate his final stretch of the year might be setting the bar too low.
"Now, he's picked up his game," Hagan said. "He's a wily veteran. He knows exactly what to do in every situation. He's a special talent."
And the praise doesn't stop there...