For the past 6 years, CU has had nothing but bad publicity nationwide. There was the recruiting scandal, the rape accusations followed by the Katie Hnieda's book, the Big 12 title game blowouts, the student section being thrown out of the Nebraska game, Montana State, 70-3.....
But nothing positive.
Sure we won some Big 12 North titles, but we all know how people feel about the Big 12 North Champs.... that winning that title is like being the smartest kid with down syndrome.
The last 6 years have been a slow decent into college football's abyss. We've become a sideshow... a punchline. An example of how far a once mighty program can fall.
It's time for it all to stop.
And it's going to on Saturday night.
Tomorrow's game against FSU is the most important CU game of my adult life, and here is why:
1.) It is our last chance on national TV to make a statement. I know we play Nebraska on national TV at the end of the year, but by that time our season will pretty much be decided already. This game is a fresh chance to show people that we are turning the ship. It is a chance at a signature game. A game that shows everyone in the nation that CU isn't anybodies laughing stock anymore.
2.) The recruiting fallout. This is a huge game for us from a recruiting standpoint. Darrell Scott won't be attending because he hasn't taken his SAT yet, but local LB standout Jon Major will be here, 4* TE Ryan Deehan will be here, so will other big recruit prospects like WR's Ed Tinker and DL Moore, lineman Curtis Cunningham from Columbine HS (who's already verbally committed, Harold Bernard a WR/CB prospect from Arizona, and several others. It is rumored that as many as 15 recruits may be on the sidelines for CU during tomorrow's game and this is a huge opportunity to make a serious statement to them, and every other potential recruit, that CU is on it's way back.
3.) Florida State may not be what they once were, but they are still a huge name nationally. When the nation thinks of the Seminoles, they think of one of the greatest college football programs in history. They still have that aura. And they are absolutely beatable. This is such a huge opportunity for us to get a win against a nationally recognized program, on national TV.
4.) Ego booster for the young Buffs. This is the type of game that can help our key Freshman (Hawkins, Sumler, McBride, Josh Smith, Ryan Miller, etc.) develop confidence for the future. I think that FSU has more talent top to bottom, but we have a lot of things going for us in this game. The game won't be starting until 10:10 pm on the east coast. That means the FSU players will be playing well into the morning according to their internal time clocks. The altitude always helps when we play teams from sea level. And FSU QB Drew Weatherford is a meltdown waiting to happen. Like Brainz said earlier, I think this game will be a close one, and if we can pull it off it will be an enormous boost to the ego's of our young players.
Here's the thing Buff fans, I'm tired of being average. I grew up in a time when CU football was a national power. Season after season we were in contention for a national title and I want that back. I want something to make me believe that it is possible and I don't think I'm alone here.
That's why this game is so important. We have to win. It's time for us to get our signature win. Like beating Nebraska in 1986 turned the program, I feel like this game could have a similar impact.
Sure, there will be other games down the road to make statements should we fall short here.... but this is a huge opportunity. I can feel it. It's a turning point.
So let's all get out to Folsom Field tomorrow, put on your best black CU garb, and cheer for the Buffs. Because I have a feeling that this could be the start of something great in Colorado football.