Brooks: Direction Of Buffs' Season Takes Ugly Turn
Where to from here for the Colorado Buffaloes? At this point, the only answer available that carries any degree of certainty is...west.
The schedule says it's on to Fresno State next Saturday night for the final non-conference game. From there it's back on the road for the Pac-12 Conference opener at Washington State.
We could go on, but the reality here is that if Games 1-2 of the 2012 season are your only barometer, you're expecting the Buffs to be in freefall by month's end - if they're not already there.
The cynics among you - and your numbers are mushrooming - will say losses to Colorado State (22-17) and Sacramento State (30-28) are signal enough that CU's bowl goal belongs in layaway for 2013. And it's hard to argue against that.
After the humbling CSU loss, Sacramento State was to be Sacrificial State on Saturday at Folsom Field. That wasn't close to the message that CU coach Jon Embree spent the past five days delivering to his team before their home opener, even though some of his guys might not have believed it.
Embree warned them they were in for a fistfight, albeit against a program from a lower division (CU is FBS, Sac State is FCS; flag the NCAA for that blatant BS). Embree told the Buffs about the Hornets visiting Oregon State last season and winning 29-28 in overtime. He told the Buffs they weren't nearly good enough to merely "show up" and collect a 'W.'
If it hadn't sunken in Monday through Friday, the brutal truth had enveloped and inundated the Buffs by late Saturday afternoon.
After the opening loss to CSU, which featured as many head-scratching decisions as ugly plays, there were questions from the outside of whether the Buffs could clear out the Rams residue and not let that defeat become a season-killer.
CU junior inside linebacker Derrick Webb contended on Saturday there had been no CSU hangover. "Most definitely (not)," he said. "We had been prepared for Sac State, Sac State, Sac State. This loss wasn't because of CSU. Point blank, what happened out there is we left too many plays on the field and they made more plays than we did."
But Embree obviously wants more specific answers than that. At his post-game media conference, he said a staff meeting was scheduled "in about 19 minutes" and that all positions - players, not coaches - would be reevaluated. So when the Buffs show up next weekend in Fresno, there might be more new looks than they showed against Sac State...more