If you wrote down all the issues that the 2002 Colorado Buffaloes went through this season, you would have the making of a first class soap opera. Bur once again, this team fought through the distractions (please see Craig Ochs or look up the word quitter) and earned themselves the right to play in the 10th annual Alamo Bowl.
The Buffs are coming off a very disappointing performance against Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and would like nothing more than to cap their season with 10 victories.
OL Justin Bates agrees, "When I think of all the things this team has gone through and we all stuck together, it's just amazing. I think I speak for all the seniors on this team when I say I want to finish with 10 wins and more importantly a bowl victory."
Although it is the Alamo Bowl and not one of the BCS games, a win is still huge for CU. The Buffs are 11-13 all-time in bowl games and were embarrassed by Oregon in the BCS Fiesta Bowl last season 38-16. The last time Colorado won a bowl game was in the 1999 Insight.com Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, when CU hammered Boston College 62-28. It was Head Coach Gary Barnett's first bowl win at CU and as a head coach. (He was 0-2 as head coach of Northwestern)
So as the long journey comes to an end at the Alamo in San Antonio, (don't all long journeys some how end up at the Alamo?) the Buffs are ready to go. CU will have RB Chris Brown back for the first time in two games since he bruised his sternum and he is ready to get back on the field. "It's been hard to sit on the sidelines and watch the guys play. I'm ready to run tonight."
The Badgers defense is not the only ones trying to contain a great runner. CU will try and slow down the Badger's Anthony Davis who rushed for 1,456 yards this season and scored 12 TDs.
Colorado defensive coordinator Vince Okruch is getting used to this scenario playing in the Big 12. "Once again we are going to face a great tailback in Anthony Davis. We see that every week. I think everyone has a great tailback, but this young man has accounted for more rushing yards than anybody else in college football."
Davis has had another huge season and is a big reason for the success of the Wisconsin offense. Okruch believes the Buffs will need to be disciplined to stop him. "It is going to be a speed issue, pursuit and closing off cut back lanes to contain him."
With two great runners in Davis and Brown, we could see one of the fastest games of the year. If the game gives the Buffs their 10th win, they don't care how long it takes. Beside, that gives them more time on the riverwalk