After big wins over long time rivals Colorado State and Nebraska to start the season, Colorado's Golden Buffaloes finally played their first home game of the season and thumped New Hampshire 45-14.
The win was not unexpected. How the rest of the Pac-12 South played out was indeed a big surprise, however. USC lost for the second time in three games, and were manhandled by Texas 37-14. UCLA lost once again (38-14 to Fresno State) and now stand 0-3 on the year. Ranked Arizona State lost on the road to a tough San Diego State squad 28-21. Arizona finally won a game but still stand at 1-2. Utah lost at home to Pac-12 standard bearer Washington 21-7.
Strange as it might sound, three weeks into the 2018 season, Colorado is the only team in the Pac-12 South that has yet to taste defeat. If you claim to have predicted this before the season started, please stand up and receive your prize: You are either an idiot savant or a world class liar.
Colorado gets to hold on to this amazing distinction at least until UCLA comes to town on September 28, since they have a bye week next week before their Pac-12 opener against the Bruins.
Not only did Colorado roll in their game against New Hampshire, they did so while emptying their bench, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Twenty six different Buffaloes were credited with a tackle.
That may seem like an anomaly due to a game against a FCS school, but the Buffaloes first three games all have the high number of players making tackles. The Colorado State and Nebraska games also saw at least 25 Buffs making tackles. Compare that with last year, where the Buffs usually only had about 17 players making tackles.
More guys on the field means the Buffs can stay fresher and more guys are getting real game experience. That can only help moving forward into Pac-12 play.
But, for now, the Buffaloes have earned a day or two off to heal and rest. Then it's back to the practice field and the film room. The real games are next on the agenda.
Go Golden Buffs!