“The games they remember are played in November”
The calendar has turned to November, which means it's time for those teams with national championship aspirations to make their cases to the pollsters. In Boulder, November 2010, only stands for the proposition that it is likely to be the last month before the University of Colorado closes the book on the Dan Hawkins’ era at Colorado. While many Buff fans have turned their attention to the naming of the next head coach, the schedule says that there are still four games to play this month.
Up next is a Kansas squad which, if it is possible, is in worse shape than the Buffs. The Jayhawks are also 0-4 in Big 12 play, and have three ranked teams—No. 7 Nebraska, No. 17 Oklahoma State, and No. 12 Missouri—left to play after playing Colorado. Kansas has been outscored 187-40 in four conference games (an average loss of 46-10), with its best game coming last week, a 28-16 loss to Iowa State (before that, the average score of the first three conference games was 53-8).
From a purely objective point of view, it is not a surprise that Kansas, which has gone 2-12 since losing in Boulder last season, is a nine-point underdog to Colorado this weekend. Of course, Colorado fans know that the Buffs have had no luck on the road since 2007 and would be skeptical of such a line …
We’ll see …
In getting routed 43-10, by Oklahoma (the game was not as close as even that score might indicate), the Buffs did at least get out of Norman relatively unscathed. Only senior wide receiver Travon Patterson was injured, suffering a high ankle sprain. Head coach Dan Hawkins indicated that he was unsure whether Patterson would be able to play against the Jayhawks, saying that freshman wide receiver Paul Richardson “would get more pops” if Patterson is unable to go.
On the Kansas sideline, the question for this weekend is which quarterback will start. Redshirt freshman Jordan Webb has seen the most playing time in 2010, but he suffered a shoulder injury two weeks ago and did not play against Iowa State. Sophomore Kale Pick was the starter at the beginning of the season, but was yanked after losing to North Dakota State in the opener. Pick would have been the backup for the Iowa State game, but he is recovering from a concussion. This left first year head coach Turner Gill with no option but to pull the red-shirt off of third-string quarterback Quinn Mecham against the Cyclones. Though Kansas lost the game, 28-16, Mecham’s play was satisfactory, with the junior college transfer going 22-for-33 for 149 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
A starter may not be announced until Thursday. The speculation is, however, that if Jordan Webb is healthy, he will take the first snap against Colorado.