Five questions: The Daily Camera’s Brian Howell on Colorado

With one of the Pac-12’s stingiest defenses and a balanced offense, Colorado is the surprise leader of the Pac-12 South. The Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) are in the midst of their best season since 2005. We caught up with Brain Howell of The Daily Camera and BuffZone.com to figure out what’s behind Colorado’s big season.

1. From the outside, it seems like this Colorado team came out of nowhere. Not many people expected the Buffs to be anywhere than last in the Pac-12 South and now they have a very real chance of winning the division. From someone who has followed regularly, what indications (if any) were there that this year would unfold this way?

The Buffs have been better than I expected, but I did predict they’d win seven games and get to a bowl game because I did see them as a team ready to win. First and foremost was the experience factor. They are loaded with seniors and juniors this year, many of them playing significant roles, and many of those guys have seen the field throughout their careers. With that, the leadership on this team is phenomenal, and since the end of last season, there’s just been a different vibe around this team because of that leadership. They’ve managed to put that all together and now they’ve confidence to go with it. Going up tempo on offense has helped, too. That’s brought a new attitude to the offense. Continue reading “Five questions: The Daily Camera’s Brian Howell on Colorado” »

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First look: UCLA at Colorado

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, center, leads his team in warm up exercises before the NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, center, leads his team in warm up exercises before the NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) vs. No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT, Folsom Field
TV: FS1
Radio: AM 570

Scouting report: With a veteran-laden team and a lockdown defense, Colorado is one of the biggest surprises of a Pac-12 season full of them. The Buffaloes, who haven’t played in a bowl game in nine years, are in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South. Their one loss in conference play is to USC. Colorado entered the season with the most returning starters in the conference with 20. The team’s defense is one of the best in the conference, ranking second in points allowed per game (18.1), and first in yards allowed (307.8). The Buffaloes, coming off a bye, lead the Pac-12 in pass defense efficiency and are second in pass yards allowed (178.6). They have an FBS-leading 21-game turnover streak. Continue reading “First look: UCLA at Colorado” »

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Colorado

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ ninth opponent, Colorado.

UCLA at Colorado
Thurs., Nov. 3 | Folsom Field
6 p.m., PT FOX Sports 1

2015 in review

Colorado again labored at the bottom of the Pac-12 South with its only conference win coming against lowly Oregon State. The Buffaloes (4-9, 1-8 Pac-12) haven’t won two games in the Pac-12 since their first year in the league and have never finished better than in a tie for fifth place. Against Colorado last year, the Bruins held on for an ugly 35-31 win, despite mounting injuries. Continue reading “UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Colorado” »

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