The Buffs might surprise some people who haven’t been following them closely and improve this season, but it would be a shock if they made the postseason. It would be quite the turnaround for CU to go from 2-10 last year to 7-6 this season. It’s not impossible, but the best predictor for the future is the past, and I just don’t see it happening. The schedule looks favorable for the Buffs in their first four games (at Hawaii, vs Massachusetts, vs Colorado State, vs Nicholls State) and if there’s any hope of getting to seven wins, it’s likely they would have to sweep their non-conference schedule. Though with the loss to Hawaii that certainly isn’t going to happen.
The offensive line, no doubt, played a key role in this defeat after countless missed blocks and failure to protect its quarterback through a good number of plays. Though the defense played a bit better than it did last season, the overall inability to produce winning plays in the trenches all night cost the Buffaloes in the end.
I stayed up to watch the game knowing that the new look Buffaloes would handle Hawaii. But that wasn`t the case. Hawaii’s game plan was simple… Run the ball! Hawaii looked like a Top 20 team on a mission to prove something to the AP.
Sefo Liufau’s stats read like a high school quarterback under the center for the first time. 23 of 40, 158 yards which averages out to 4.0 per pass attempt. 0 touchdowns, 1 interception and sacked 4 times. His sack yardage was -22 yards! I was waiting all day for this coming out party for the new look Buffs. I love the helmets and color designs but they still looked like last year’s team with a quarterback that had a bad four quarters of play.