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Posted by on October 18th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Dan Pierson | 2 Comments

This past weekend I travelled to Seattle to watch my beloved Colorado Buffaloes take on the Washington Huskies… and apparently the Buffs and I both had similar mindsets during the game – just happy to be there and take in the sights.  CU literally couldn’t stop the Huskies’ offense, with all 6 of UW’s first-half drives resulting in points and rolling up nearly 400 yards of total offense in the process.  The Buffaloes were once again exposed for their almost total lack of BCS-level talent in their roster, as maybe a handful of CU players would see playing time for the Huskies.  They’re small up front, slow in the back end, and have only 1 true game-breaker (RB Rodney Stewart) who unfortunately injured his knee and missed basically the entire game.  During the pre-season I expressed some optimism towards the Buffs program, now I just feel dejected watching them get slaughtered every week.  One of the commenter’s on my article said he foresaw the Buffs winning only once… that guy may be proved right.

Something the Freaks need to keep an eye on is the continued emergence of Washington sophomore QB Keith Price; this guy has stepped into the Shaq-sized shoes of Jake Locker and has not disappointed.  The 6’1” 195-pounder from the city of Compton (nod your head like Dr. Dre if you’d like) has taken the reins on offense and has the Huskies cruising along at a torrid pace.  I can’t imagine how hard it is to replace a guy drafted in the 1st round, particularly at QB, but Price has basically said “pressure?  I don’t feel no stinkin’ pressure”.  The Huskies have just moved into the Top-25, and Price has been a massive reason why… through 6 games he has completed 70% of his passes for 1,466 yards with 21 TD’s and just 4 INT’s in 170 passing attempts for a passer rating of 177.9; all of which is just a fancy way of saying he’s been outstanding.  The rest of the Huskies’ offense has been productive as well; averaging 37 points\game… they have studs at RB (Chris Polk) and WR (Devin Aguilar) as well as several other talented skill players.  This coming Saturday U-Dub travels down the coast to Palo Alto to battle Stanford; kickoff is 8pm EST so Freaks across the land should be able to catch a peek at the up-and-coming Huskies.

Lastly, if you have never been to Husky Stadium please do yourself a favor and try to attend a game there (although you’ll have to wait until 2013 – the stadium is undergoing massive renovations over the next year or so, but will still be in the same location).  I’ve been to a decent number of stadiums across the country and have not come across one in a more picturesque location… nestled right on Union Bay off Lake Washington, the views from the stadium are mind-bottling!  Many locals take advantage of the unique location and dock their boats in the bay to get their tailgate on.  Once game-time hits they simply walk off the dock and make the couple minute trek into the stadium.  Good thing my man Nevin Shapiro doesn’t have any contacts in Seattle; otherwise the Canes wouldn’t be the only ones partying on a boat.


2 Comments for this entry

  1. JS says:

    Dan, I have now officially added this stadium to my “Bucket List”

  2. BWP says:

    This appears to be another ‘lost year’ in the Buff program….after the exciting years under Bill McCartney, the last 15 years has been tough. I can only hope that Mr. Embry’s emotional and near-spiritual investment in the CU program will pay dividends down the road.

    With the new conference, though, I’m concerned that CU went from a situation where they could play in the middle of the pack, to now being the whipping post of the Pac-12. Once a program hits the bottom of the barrel for a couple years. it becomes a recurring theme to the program and that much more difficult to escape.

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