Friday, September 14, 2018

Colorado's Golden Buffaloes Face the New Hampshire Wildcats in Home Opener

Two games into the 2018 season, the Colorado Buffaloes have already defeated their two oldest and most bitter rivals. 

Colorado manhandled Colorado State 45-13 in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver to open the season and then went to Lincoln, Nebraska to spoil the Huskers first game playing for new coach and savior Scott Frost. The left Nebraska 2-0 after a 33-28 win over the hated Huskers.

The Buffaloes finally get to host their first home game tomorrow, against FCS powerhouse New Hampshire. Although New Hampshire comes to Boulder with an 0-2 record, they have made the postseason 14 straight years. By the same token, the Buffs have only been to a bowl game four times in the same time span. Indeed, the Buffs have only been to a bowl once in the last 10 years.

Does that mean that the Buffs are in danger of losing to New Hampshire? Probably not... but it would not be unheard of. Colorado has lost to TWO FCS teams since 2006. They lost to Montana State in 2006 and to Sacramento State in 2012.

New Hampshire's head coach Sean McDonnell has won more national coach of the year awards than Colorado's Mike MacIntyre.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre won National Coach of the Year Awards in 2016 after leading Colorado to a 10-2 regular season record.  He brought the Buffaloes from worst (2015) to first (2016) in the Pac-12. Unfortunately, Colorado fell all the way down to 5-7 last year.

In the FCS, the National Coach of the Year awards are named for Grambling's legendary coach Eddie Robinson. New Hampshire's head coach Sean McDonnell as won the Eddie Robinson COY award twice in the last 13 seasons.

Should all these tidbits of information make a difference to the outcome of the game? No, they won't.

New Hampshire may be a traditional FCS powerhouse, but Colorado is a program at the highest level of college football, FBS. Not only that, they are a member of the Pac-12, a Power Five conference.

Colorado should roll handily in this one. They should win by 40, even with 2nd and 3rd stringers playing half the game.


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