Excitement is a mile high on the Boulder campus for the first home game of a new season. That the first game at Folsom Field is against ex-rival Nebraska makes the excitement all the more palpable. Unfortunately, quite a bit of that enthusiasm in both Boulder and Lincoln is based on unreasonable expectations and outlandish prognostications.
National pundits have
made talking about college football a 365 days a year a business… a
big business. Unfortunately, they usually don't know what they are
They talk about how good
Clemson and Alabama are in a self-important reverence as if they were
disclosing something they alone attuned from months of high level
calculations. Poppycock! Even casual fans know that Clemson and
Alabama are likely to end up in the college football playoffs.
When they get past the
Top 10, they are mostly just running on history. They aren't (and
can't) dig deep on more than 100 teams. They can't even do that with
just the Power Five conference teams. So they just blather.
national pundits have determined that Colorado will finish the season
at 4-8 or 5-7. Why? Well, they've finished 5-7 the last two seasons,
so it's as a good a guess as they can come up with.
But sometimes gut
feeling$ overtake $ensibilitie$ even for pundit$. Nebraska has
finished 4-8 the last two years. The Huskers lost at home to Colorado
last year, yet this year they enter the season ranked #24 in the
Why the $ $igns?
Punditry is big busine$$. All those hits on the old web site mean
$$$. And if you want to get tens of thousands of hits, tell the
Nebraska faithful that their team is a Top 25 team. They eat that
sh!t up like creamed corn.
In Colorado, lots
of us love our Buffs... but Colorado's heart belongs to the Denver
Broncos. That's not going to ever change. And besides the Broncos and
the NFL, there's Major League Baseball, NBA basketball, and NHL
Hockey. The Rocky Mountains provide world class skiing, snowboarding,
hiking and rock climbing
In Nebraska, all there
is to care about is Nebraska football and endless miles of
genetically modified corn. Every time the Huskers play a home game,
Memorial Stadium would be the 3rd largest city in the state. Really.
So, if Colorado loses a
football game, the entire state doesn't go into mourning. In fact,
many in Colorado don't care one way or another about college
football, or the University of Colorado in particular. Colorado is a
vibrant, fast growing state, that draws businesses and people from
all over the globe with no ties to CU. Does anybody actually move TO Nebraska?
Willingly? Not likely.
No matter the score of
the game, those in Boulder have already won in the bigger game of
life. Boulder has the healthiest and most well-educated population in
the country. The University of Colorado is widely considered one of
the most beautiful campuses in the country and is located in one of
the most scenic towns in the USA.
And the University of
Colorado has the most awesome mascot in all of sports, a live buffalo
As the old chant goes,
“We don't live in Lincoln!”