It’s been a tough few days in Boulder after a historic amount of rain caused devastating flooding that directly affected the University of Colorado and its surrounding area. Colorado was scheduled to play Fresno State last Saturday but due to the emergency situation the school decided to make the right call by postponing the game until further notice.
Since the postponement, Colorado’s athletic director Rick George has made rescheduling the game his top priority. The Buffaloes do have a bye this week but it is unlikely that George will be able to schedule a game on such short notice. George has been working with Fresno State and the Pac 12 in order to try and shuffle around schedules so Colorado can play a full 12 game slate this season.
A scenario that was put on the table but eventually got thrown out, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, was Cal coming this weekend to Boulder in order for Fresno State to make a return trip November 16 when they had their scheduled bye week. George’s process of making up the Fresno State game may ultimately not involve the Bulldogs at all.
If the two sides are unable to shift around schedules enough to fit in the game, Colorado could begin to look at other teams as replacements, including scheduling another Football Championship Subdivision opponent for their open week October 19. Even though Colorado has already played, and defeated, an FCS team this season another win over a similar opponent still could allow the Buffs to be bowl eligible. Normally only one win over an FCS team counts towards the six needed to become bowl-eligible but exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances and this certainly qualifies.
Colorado is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008 and they have looked like an entirely different team under new head coach Mike MacIntyre. An undefeated start is encouraging for a team that won only once last year but the level of competition only figures to get tougher as they continue through the season. With that said, it is not out of the question for Colorado to sneak in another three wins or so to flirt with bowl eligibility. Plus, if they are unable to find a replacement game and play only 11 games this year five wins could be considered bowl-eligible if the NCAA grants Colorado that waiver.
However, the most important thing for the University of Colorado to do right now is to recover and rebuild after the devastating flooding. The football team has already taken action to help the community recover by hosting a free meal at Folsom Field on Saturday, to those affected by the storm, that was served by the players and staff.
It was not how they imagined their Saturday afternoon at Folsom but, to the fans and the community, it went a lot further than a football game could.