Go get 'em, Buffs. Shock the world!
Today in the bag, I'm talking a first round TKO of the Idaho State Bengals, some big recruiting news from Tad Boyle's basketball kingdom, and a roundup of the week's action in Pac-12 football.
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Buffs cruise to big win over Idaho State -
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Boulder, under a crystal clear sky and fading summer sun, the Colorado Buffaloes took another step towards relevance with their performance against the Idaho State Bengals. They came into the game heavy favorites, yet still played with confidence, precision, and purpose to put away their FCS opponent early. So complete and total was their victory that the backups were in prior to halftime, and the final frames were reduced to nothing more than a glorified scrimmage between second and third units. In the end, the 56-7 scoreline in the 2016 Colorado home opener checked all the boxes, sending the team to Ann Arbor on a high note.
|Sefo capped a solid half of football. From: CUBuffs.com|
Really, the only complaints I have involve a few dropped interceptions from the defense, another fumble in the run game, and a few missed throws from Sefo, but those are superficial notes. Sure, those plays need to be made against competition with a pulse, but it's hard, as a fan, to focus on them right now. After 120 minutes of play, the Buffaloes have beaten their competition, such as it is, by a combined line of 100-14. They've been rolling, and deserve a few nods from the god of benefit-of-the-doubt.
|No worries here. From: the Daily Herald.|
The Bulle(i)t points -
- The first half stat discrepancy is damn near pornographic. CU out-gained ISU 410-48 over that first 30 minutes of play, punting just once compared to the Bengals eight. The Buffs were also 7-9 on third down (backing one of those two misses with a fourth down conversion) before turning things over to the second string. In total, Colorado is now 80-0 entering halftime this season, really the only 60 minutes of play that I've really felt they've been trying full-bore. Just dominating.
- The first string offense had a great day. Sefo Liufau finished with 258 total yards and three combined scores in just 26 minutes of action. Phil Lindsay added two more touchdowns of his own on just eight carries. The receiving duo of Shay Fields and Jay MacIntyre combined for 154 yards, while Devin Ross added another touchdown grab. All-in, these subdued numbers produced in limited action aren't going to help anyone in Boulder win the Heisman, but we got to see some good, quality execution while they were out there.
- Defensively, the team continues to look the terror. Playing with what I felt was a vanilla attack, the first string limited the Bengals to almost nothing. Hell, even with the backups in, the only score against came thanks to a fumble from freshman running back Beau Bisharat giving CU a short field to defend. In total, ISU was held to under 100 yards of total offense -- I'll call that a win.
- With those numbers in the book, Colorado is now the #1 defense in the country, allowing just 160.5 yards per contest in the early going. Note: that's 'in the country,' not just Pac-12. Yo.
- The second half practice session allowed us an extended look at QB-of-the-future Steve Montez. He went 6-10 for 151 total yards and two passing touchdowns. His first scoring throw, to fellow freshman Kabion Ento, was a thing of beauty. Pressured into a rollout, Montez found the breaking receiver open with a sweet little throw. While I didn't see anything that would make me comfortable if Sefo went down this fall, I am looking forward to seeing more of the kid in 2017.
- Through two weeks, the number of *sighs* uttered by yours truly: 0. I'll take that.
Tad Boyle closes on two 4-star recruits for 2017, earns his coffee for the fall -
As the old marketing slogan goes, 'basketball never sleeps.' While most in BuffNation were snoozing through the late morning on a football Saturday, Coach Tad Boyle was putting in work, hosting a trio of four-star recruits on official visits. Those visits bore immediate fruit, as a pair of those recruits announced commitments to the Black and Gold before I had even finished my breakfast. If 'coffee's for closers,' than Coach Boyle deserves a big-ass gift card to Starbucks.
Up first was wing Tyler Bey, who committed to Colorado over regional recruiting rivals San Diego State and Arizona State. A 6-7 small forward from LA (originally Las Vegas), Bey becomes the first marquee SoCal recruit to become Boulder-bound since Xavier Johnson (with all apologies to Bryce Peters). He's known as an elite-level defender and rebounder with a lot of versatility to range all over the court from the 2 to the 4. Phrase variations like 'long arms,' 'high level athleticism,' and 'unselfish play' also usually feature on Tyler's scouting reports, along with notes regarding a developing three point shot. He's an exciting prospect that is considered a fringe top-100 talent by most services; lots of upside here, particularly on the defensive end.
|Bey was the first to commit on Saturday. From: Scout|
DSHAWN SCHWARTZ OFFICIAL COMMITMENT VIDEO https://t.co/EvwLTERRXe— DshawnTrackson (@DshawnSchwartz5) September 10, 2016
I will say that neither commitment was that big of a surprise. Colorado had been in on the in-state Schwartz for some time now, and had also been a favorite for Bey for the last few months. Additionally, if you look at who will be graduating this year, you can clearly see that Coach Boyle was looking to fill need. With Xavier Johnson and Wes Gordon stepping out of the program after this season, there's a big hole open in the roster for athletic, versatile forwards. Bey looks great as a future Wes (slightly undersized '4' with high athleticism and good defensive skills), while Schwartz should slip nicely in the XJ role (good three-point stroke, strong weakside rebounding, tough matchup). I love these two fits!
Looking forward, along with preferred walk-on/designated future scholarship forward Alexander Strating, Colorado has used three of their four available 2017 scholarships. So, barring any additional attrition (wouldn't surprise me), that leaves just one open slot. To that end, you'll notice that my lede here mentioned three visitors last weekend. Well, the other was wide-bodied 6-7, 280 lbs SoCal center Evan Battey. The kid has a laundry list of other offers from mid majors and second tier powers like Miami and Purdue (who he will also be visiting this month), and is another exciting prospect. Battey would be a nice cap to this class, coming in as an anchor that the program can build around; luckily for us in BuffNation, then, that he seemed to really enjoy his trip to Boulder. As much as I like Evan, though, I do have a preference for a point guard to round out the class. There are already a pair of true centers on roster for the 2017 season, along with a number of power forward options, and it might be better, down the road, if another true lead guard was in-system, developing.
|Tad: victorious. From: Ralphie Report.|
Around the world of Pac-12 football -
- Arizona State 68 - Texas Tech 55 -
I think this is a good result for Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils. Tubby Smith left the cupboard in Lubbock with some interesting pieces, and Chris Beard could sneak his squad into the Tournament when all is said and done... Wait, this is a football score? Hell, I thought this was some line from a wayyyyyy too early non-conference basketball fixture played overseas. Holy 'defense optional, Batman!'
|Would somebody please stop somebody! From KHOU.com|
- Utah 20 - BYU 19 -
Kudos to hated rival Utah for their dispatching of in-state nemesis BYU over the weekend. The 97th edition of the 'Holy War' came down to the final seconds, as newly minted Cougar head coach Kalani Sitake eschewed a tying extra point attempt in favor of a bold try at the two point conversion. The BYU offensive line, however, wasn't up to the challenge, allowing a jailbreak at the point of attack to swarm what may or may not have been a QB draw attempt. As a result, Utah, somehow, overcame six turnovers to survive in SLC. BYU hasn't won in this series since 2009.
- Arizona 31 - Grambling St 21 -
Speaking of abject humiliation, how did Arizona find themselves down 21-3 to fucking Grambling at halftime this past Saturday. They knew Grambling was a SWAC school, right? Like, how does that even happen? I guess, with Colorado suddenly looking competent, our conference brethren decided that they needed to pick up the slack on the 'total garbage' front.
|Arizona was lucky to slip past Grambling. From: DCourier.com|
- Oregon 44 - Virginia 26 -
If you don't mind looking past Michigan, into Week 4 against Oregon, it's important to note this game. The Cavaliers, who lost at home last week to FCS Richmond, looked to be on semi-competitive footing against the Ducks for whole stretches, only reinforcing my perception that this version of UO is still not Oregon, the death bringer. Ducks gonna Duck, though, and Oregon powered through some inconsistency to put up 632 yards of offense. Up in Seattle, though, the hope is starting to brew that their 13-year drought in the UO-UW rivalry might, finally, have a chance to end.