For a team like the Colorado Buffaloes, one who is coming off a one-win season last year, getting the first win out of the way in the season opener is a huge weight off of their shoulders. Now the challenge for the Buffs is to take that momentum into their next game and avoid a letdown against FCS opponent Central Arkansas.
Colorado only had one chance to defend a win last year and it won’t be an easy task to complete this year either with the 5th ranked FCS team coming to Boulder on Saturday. The Buffs have not had much success against FCS schools posting just a 1-2 record against such opponents and the Bears will easily be the best lower-division team they have played to date.
Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is well aware of the Bears and their prolific offense and he wasted no time getting to work after the Buffs opened the season with a 41-27 win over Colorado State waking up at 5am the next morning to start formulating a gameplan. The opening win was nice but MacIntyre won’t let his team bask in the win for too long and take the chance of overlooking the Bears.
“I never take, or will allow any of our players to take anything lightly or our coaching staff,” he said during his weekly press conference. “Central Arkansas, I’m telling you and I’m not blowing smoke, they are fifth in the country, they are quick and athletic and it should be a good test for us.”
Wide receiver Paul Richardson had a brilliant performance in first game action after suffering a knee injury that knocked him out all of last season. He had ten catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the opener but now he knows it’s up to him and the rest of the captains to keep the team focused heading into their home opener.
“I think it will be on us captains and leaders to let guys know that it was just one game (the CSU win)” the junior said on Tuesday. “We have to respect our opponent and I think (the adversity from the CSU game) that made it easier to come to practice knowing we still have work to do.”
Colorado still has plenty of work to do, especially on special teams where they gave up two long returns against CSU, but they got their season started off on the right foot and that’s all anyone can ask for. Now they will have the task of exorcising their FCS demons, as well as their home losing streak, against one of the top FCS teams in the country.