The Colorado Buffaloes are ranked in the top-25 in something…the Buffaloes (1-8) have the 23rd most difficult strength of schedule, and nothing to show for it. In their past five Pac-12 games, the Buffs have been outscored 261-51. They have three remaining games that would be winnable for anyone else in the conference, but appear out of reach for Colorado – the Buffs simply have little to look forward to.
Head coach Jon Embree is in his second year up in Boulder, Colorado. He created a coaching staff for his alma mater that has no one in a position of authority at their previous jobs at the college or pro level. This has led to a perception of an unprepared coaching staff as the Buffs try for their second victory of the year.
No team would fair well against USC, Oregon and Stanford in consecutive weeks. However, the Buffs barely took the field, losing to USC 50-6, Oregon 70-14, and Stanford 48-0. The worst part is that their most embarrassing defeats came in their nonconference schedule: a 69-14 beat down from Mountain West member Fresno State, and a loss to the Big Sky’s Sacramento State 30-28 at home.
It would be the Buffs third one-win season in the last 30 years, but the last one was under coach Bill McCartney, who ultimately brought the Buffs their National Championship. So maybe there is hope for Colorado. Unfortunately, the likely one-win season will not win over talented recruits as Embree tries to build up the program.
With a contract running through 2015, Embree looks to have the head-coaching job at Colorado for at least one more season, but the odds that he’ll last to the end of his contract are not in his favor. It his true that his predecessor Dan Hawkins left little talent for Embree to work with, but that excuse is running thin in what will be the head coach’s third recruiting class. Embree may be safe for now, but do not think that the Buffs came to the Pac-12 to sit at the bottom of the standings. Buffalos like to charge to the top.