In the first contest of the season against strong PAC-12 South competition, Colorado Football fell to USC 31-20 on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
There’s a thing Colorado Football fans haven’t had to face in a while. It’s a thing that’s unique to college football.
See, when your team is terrible or even when they are unexpectedly good, single losses don’t really hurt. 5-1 on the season and still in the hunt for a PAC-12 title is a great position for Colorado to be in halfway through the season.
The other side of that coin is that one loss in a college football season can derail the entire season. In the case of the Buffaloes, it’s magnified by the perception, coming in, that CU hadn’t played any competition worth mentioning and that their 5-0 record was a result of playing bad teams.
As we had come to expect from our Buffaloes, CU proved that narrative on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The loss to the Trojans bounced the Buffs from their short-lived tenure in the Top-25 and exposed a pass defense that struggled with the middling USC offense.
Colorado punted a total of 9 times in a dismal offensive performance and allowed the Trojans to blow the game open with a 21-point second quarter burst.
The team played poorly but how did CU’s trio of stars perform?