Thursday, September 27, 2018

Early Midterm for the Colorado Buffaloes

Who would have thunk it? Four weeks into the 2018 season and Colorado is undefeated while UCLA is still searching for their first win of the season.

Remember, this is the UCLA team that lured Chip Kelly back to college football. The same Chip Kelly who built the Oregon juggernaut that won 46 times and lost only seven times in his four years as head coach. 

There is not a question of whether Kelly will be successful at UCLA, he will be. The question is: How soon?

Remember, he is taking over a Bruin squad with lots of talent but who never learned to play together and reach their potential under ex-coach Jim Mora. However, one thing that Mora excelled at was recruiting the very best in the country to come to Westwood and play for the Bruins.

The last four recruiting classes at UCLA boast a total of 40 four star players and one five star player. Kelly has a LOT of talent to work with. The key is getting them to develop into top notch college players who play as a team. Kelly will do that. And when the Bruins do turn the corner, they will get much better very quickly.

The Colorado Buffaloes are fortunate to be playing a struggling UCLA squad so early in the season. The latter half of the Pac-12 season might look a whole lot different to UCLA opponents.

In the meantime, the Buffaloes welcome UCLA to Boulder on a cool autumn evening. How cool? Possibly forty degrees less than the last game they played two weeks ago. With the high in the mid-50's tomorrow, the Buffs cannot count on the Bruins being overwhelmed by the conditions. They will still be at a mile above sea level, but they won't be cramping from the heat.

What the UCLA game will show is whether Mike MacIntyre truly has his Buffs playing as a team, or whether they have looked good beating inferior competition.

Will UCLA expose the Buffaloes? Or will Colorado put a hurting on a Bruin squad already reeling from unmet expectations? In less than 24 hours, we'll know the answers to those questions.


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