There is an ugly tradition brewing in Boulder. It begins on Saturday mornings in the Fall. Thousands of Colorado fans gather in bars, restaurants, and parking lots to enjoy adult beverages. The ritual ends, usually around halftime, with a mass exodus from Folsom Field. Losing has become synonymous with CU. If there is to be any improvement for this once proud program it will show it’s face early the 2012 schedule.
In the six years since Gary Barnett was manning the sidelines of CU football games, the Buffs have yet to have a winning season. Three of those six years CU has failed to win more than three games. Ugly doesn’t begin to describe it.
2012 will be a transition year at quarterback. Nearly every position is up for grabs, but it is the QB position that is most intriguing. Former Kansas signal caller Jordan Webb will transfer to CU with the hope of being the starting QB when the Buffs begin the season September 2 against in-state rival Colorado State.
Reports out of Boulder place Webb as the favorite to win the job. Experience is an edge Webb has over Texas transfer Connor Wood and third-year sophomore Nick Hirshman. True freshman Shane Dillon is a heralded recruit out of El Cajon, CA and the future of the program.
Whoever eventually takes over Jon Embree’s program must win early. If CU is to improve from a three win 2011, it must win in September.
After the opening game against CSU in Denver, the Buffs draw FCS Sacramento State in Boulder. It goes without saying, but let it be said anyway, the Buffs have to win this game. September 15 is the first true road test for the Buffs at Fresno State. The Bulldogs will present the toughest to this point in the schedule, but again, a winnable game for CU.
The final two September match-ups are Pac-12 games at Washington State and at home against UCLA. If the Buffs can split these two games the month will be deemed a success, and the Buffs could be on their way to restoring a word to CU fan’s vocabulary, “hope.”
September will tale the tale. A record of 3-2 is very possible 4-1 might be a little optimistic. If the Buffs stumble to CSU, Fresno State, or (I hate to say it) Sacramento State, 2012 could feel just as long as 2011.
John Embree went 3-10 in his first season as head coach. Little was expected of the Buffs last year. Embree must take the program to the next level. A bowl appearance is far-fetched but it’s time being the doormat ends. Step one: keep Folsom golden in the second half.