The Road To Recovery Starts In Stillwater

Although the Buffs did not put on the show they wanted to in Texas, the goal of getting back to the lone star and the Big 12 championship is still in reach.

Let's hope the Buffs have short term memories. 

Coming off their worst defeat of the season, a 41-7 butt-kicking by Texas, the Buffs have got to forget about the loss and concentrate on their next Big 12 foe, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

But there are a  few things they should remember though:

- Turning over the ball is not good.

- Penelties hurt your football team.

- Win the rest of your games and you could accomplish the goal of getting back to Texas and playing in the Big 12 Championship game.

 Although CU didn't put on the performance they wanted to against UT, it is a loss that doesn't destroy the season.  Since the Longhorns are in the South Division, the Buffs are still masters of their own destiny in the North Division.

All they have to do is win the rest of their games and the Buffs will be on the road back to the Lone Star state; but the road is a bumpy one that includes a game at Iowa State and of course the Nebraska Bug-eaters.  But Colorado has to begin the trip this Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma against the OSU Cowboys. (5pm MT)

As the story has been with the Buffs all season long, another starter might be out for Saturday's game.  After separating his shoulder in the Texas game, WR Cedric Cormier did not practice this week.  As of Wednesday, Coach Gary Barnett did not expect to see Cormier on the field.  "At this point it's unlikely we will see him play", Barnett said.

Cormier has been one of the key receivers to step in after WR John Minardi was lost for the seaon with a knee injury.  With Cormier out, senior WR Roman Hollowell will be much more involved in the offensive game plan.

Some good news for the Buffs on the injury front is that QB Craig Ochs should start against the Cowboys, although you never really know.  Last week the CU media department said Ochs would start against Texas.  Ochs is still feeling the effects of a concussion he sustained against Texas A&M.  As of Friday afternoon, the word on Ochs status is mum.  If Ochs is still suffering from headaches, he will not be cleared to play.  That would mean Bobby Pesavento would get the start.



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