Same Old Story: 2002

The Colorado Buffaloes have been in this situation before. Actually, they've been here the last four seasons. The Buffs lost their forth straight opener Saturday; the first time that's happend since 1938-1941. CU now needs to put the CSU game behind them and try to run the table like the 2001 Buffs did.

You would think we Buff fans would be used to this feeling by now, starting the season 0-1. But the feeling is just as bad as it was four years ago.

In a game that looked very similar to the 2000 game against Colorado State, the Buffs missed tackles, turned the ball over and basically did everything they said they couldn't do to beat the Rams.

So the Buffs now have to choose which path they will go down from here. Do they take the 2000 season pass and let the loss to CSU ruin them or do they take the 2001 path and run the table all the way to the Big 12 Chgampionship game?

Let's hope they choose the later.

Colorado will have the opportunity to steer the ship right Saturday when they play host to a very beatable San Diego State team.

But as all loses do, it cost the Buffs. CU fell 10 spots in both the AP and Coaches polls to #17 while CSU entered the polls for the first time this season at number 20.

If the Buffs are to bounce back, they will need to stop turning the ball over and start making tackles. CU fumbled away the ball three times and had an interception for four total turnovers, a no-no when playing against Sonny Lubick.

So as the Buffs return to practice today, they also return to the drawing board. Last week the Buffs were focused on winning their first season opener under Gary Barnett, this week they have to focus on avoiding turnovers and holding onto the ball.

Keep the faith Buff fans! Remember, the 1990 National Championship team started the season 1-1-1.


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