It would be understandable, in the wake of that letdown, for the team to fracture. We've certainly seen it in the past, as many a CU team disintegrated from within over the last few years. Coach Mike MacIntyre, however, swears that isn't the case under his watch:
"I really think we're a together team, and I really think they're trying hard and playing hard [...] We've just got to play a little better. We've got to do a few more things [...] I don't see factions, I don't see people pointing fingers at each other, I don't see guys not coming to work, I don't see guys not going to class. I see them all doing the things that you see a good football team maturing doing. Now, it takes a process to get it done against good teams." -linkIn that vein, I've generally viewed this team as being more together than those from the previous regime. To this point, I've seen them be genuinely excited when positive things happen, and quick to pick a teammate up - rather than point fingers - when the run of play goes the other way. You know, like a team who actually cares about sharing the field with one another.
With bowl hopes brain-dead and on life support, however, we'll just have to see if that impression, and MikeMac's comments, stay true over the final weeks of 2013.
This week, the Buffs travel to sunny southern California to take on a reeling UCLA squad. Over all team sports, CU only has one win against the Bruins since the start of the Pac-12 era - coming just over a month ago on the hardwood of the CEC, as the women's volleyball team upset the then-#11 Lady Bruins on September 27th. To get a second win in 2013, this time in football, would take an upset of a nearly unfathomable nature.
Kickoff from the historic Rose Bowl is set for 5:30pm MT on Saturday. Those of you who have struggled to find the Pac-12 Network on your television package are in luck! The game will be shown on FOX Sports 1 this weekend, marking the first time since the RMS that the Buffs have been on anything other than P12N. For those still left in the dark by the new channel, the radio call can be heard on 850 KOA.
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