That’s not how ColoradoThe story was supposed to end.
Go back to September this season. The buffaloes were the darling of the sports world. Coach Deion Sanders seemed to have orchestrated an overnight turnaround in Boulder, and Colorado jumped out to a 3-0 start.
The Buffaloes, however, returned to Earth slowly and then quickly.
It all came to a head Friday night in the first half of Colorado’s game against Washington State. The Cougars detonated the Buffaloes, jumping to a 42–7 lead thanks to 14 first downs to Colorado’s five.
The college football universe responded with a collective head scratching.
Many pointed to the Buffaloes’ green offensive line, a weak spot since the start of the season.
Can we order one of these full of offensive linemen from the Colorado transfer portal next year? pic.twitter.com/y2lbjl2ZPO
— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) November 18, 2023
In fact, fans and writers alike noted that Colorado had gone the longest way to where most people thought it would go.
So Colorado ended up having the season most of us were hoping for.
Get destroyed on the lines, Shedeur takes a hit, Buffs get the best shot of all, won’t bowl in a tough P12.
It’s still a big improvement over last year, but the nature of the TCU game warped everything.
—Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 18, 2023
The September version of the Buffaloes became an object of nostalgia.
"The 2023 Colorado Buffaloes from Weeks 1-3"
– PFF University (@PFF_College) November 18, 2023
Fans of other Pac-12 teams howled at Colorado’s overexposure.
I will never forgive FOX and ESPN for shoving Colorado down our throats for 3 whole weeks in September.
— PRESA Digital 🦫 (@TheDigitalDam) November 18, 2023
The Buffaloes’ poor defensive play was evident for all to see.
Colorado, two 5-star DBs aren’t looking very good right now.
– Travis Hunter pass interference
– On the next play, Cormani McClain is torched and called for a PI that was negated somehow.
– Cormani McClain being set on fire part 2
– Cormani McClain being set on fire part 3 pic.twitter.com/NGA8WSH7JL
— Jason Erhardt (@JasonErhardt30) November 18, 2023
Topical jokes flew.
"I talked to Colorado head coach Deion Sanders at halftime and he said everything is looking good." pic.twitter.com/mQXh2dw4tX
-Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) November 18, 2023
Colorado fans felt increasingly disengaged.
Having to monitor Colorado’s offensive line every week. pic.twitter.com/HYlFWEtHHu
—Tommy Gahan (@tommysgahan) November 18, 2023
Now only a rule of mercy seemed capable of saving the Buffaloes.
Wazzu vs Colorado right now. pic.twitter.com/EhuPHgdBaQ
– Joe Hedberg (@JoeInOregon87) November 18, 2023
Washington State beat Colorado, 56-14.