Friday Night NCAAFB Thread - Colorado @ Toledo

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on September 11th, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Game's not for another couple hours, but it has schadenfreude written all over it. Hawkins guaranteed 10 wins this season, and he's already got one loss to in-state rival Colorado State. They play at Toledo tonight, which shouldn't be very good at all, but could be a tough game for the Buffaloes. Supposedly Toledo is a lot worse this year (lost 52-31 to Purdue last week), but Colorado is only a 3.5 point favorite from the lines I've seen.

Hawkins' kid is supposed to start at QB again, and their big running back prospect may or may not play this week. The guy was projected to be huge for them, but he was benched last week for poor pass blocking.

Being a Friday game, Toledo is on a day's less rest than normal, while the Buffaloes are even shorter. They played CSU on Sunday, giving them just 4 days to prepare.

So what do you think? Can Toledo pull off the upset?

Game is on ESPN at 9pm ET.



September 11th, 2009 at 11:14 PM ^

UT's D looks beatable, but CU just shoots themselves in the foot every time they do something positive. And that's not often. Purdue must be pretty good. I really hope Purdue beats Oregon.

The Big 10 needs some key wins tomorrow, and a decent game from OSU. I don't expect them to win, but they really need to keep it respectable against the men of troy.


September 11th, 2009 at 11:17 PM ^

CU does not look very physical...their tackling sucks and the blocking on offense is not very strong. Ooh, they just scored on a pushoff like in that '98 Rose Bowl (that non-call precipitated the missing 2 seconds, so I kinda think WSU fans should shut up about the clock officiating.)


September 11th, 2009 at 11:24 PM ^

The DB interfered against the receiver and the guy still brought the ball in! That is the defining image of this game.

Hawkins is in big trouble. This is his fourth season; if he can turn it around he can get another year, but the team is just not playing hard.

The Original Seth

September 11th, 2009 at 11:30 PM ^

Perplexingly terrible football. It's like the players just don't know what they're doing, none of them, and they're just kind of cantering around and shoving guys on the other team. On the short passing plays, the routes are run but the ball is mistimed and in the wrong place; the line is a sieve; the catching is miserable, etc. Depressing.

Poor Hawkins, man. For such a seemingly down-to-earth dude, he's really put a bad product on the field.

Also: how about these ultra-bored announcers, trying their best to keep into the game.


September 12th, 2009 at 12:08 AM ^

While last year's game was atrocious, it is mitigated by being a competitive game when Michigan was undergoing a transition and an exceptionally crappy season. While Toledo is definitely better this year, they still are coming off a game where they were pummeled by Purdue (!). Furthermore, Colorado came into the season with high expectations. Finally, whenever a MAC team blows out a Big 12 team, there's a problem.


September 12th, 2009 at 12:15 AM ^

The MAC has been down for a couple of years now, but they are traditionally known as a "Giant Killer" conference, especially the higher profile, rich football history programs like Toledo, Ball State, and Central.

A few years ago, when Toledo Tom Amstutz was still the hot new coach on the block, Toledo was talking about leaving for the Big East to get a crack at the BCS.


September 11th, 2009 at 11:56 PM ^

When was the last time you saw this many holding calls?

I swear about 65% of the penalties in this game have been for holding. Talk about undisciplined offensive lineman. Or just not very good.