College football powerhouses ‘survive and advance’ in Week 3

The phrase “survive and advance” is most commonly associated, in sports, with March Madness.

However, since the advent of the College Football Playoff, it’s become a common mentality in the FBS, as teams try to find any way to keep their path to the national semifinal alive. It was perfectly exemplified in Week 3; the final Saturday of non-conference cupcake season that didn’t have a single matchup of ranked opponents.

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders reacts during a college football game against Colorado State at Folsom Field on Saturday, Sep. 16, 2023, in Boulder, Colo.

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It was supposed to be a ho-hum Saturday, but instead, there were fireworks. Some were so bright we nearly needed to reach for our sunglasses. Right, Colorado?

Without question, that was the game of the weekend, as rival Colorado State came to town as three-touchdown underdogs, only for the Buffs to be down by 11 in the fourth quarter and rally to win 43-35, in 2OT.

The college football world has fixated on what’s happening in Boulder for weeks, with coach Deion Sanders leading the hype train. Good for the Buffaloes, who have ridden the wave of momentum as they should. Both FOX Big Noon Kickoff and ESPN’s College Gameday were in town, while Lil Wayne led the team onto the field and NBA stars like Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry were on hand.

The town has seemingly lost cabin pressure, and the realities of the Buffs’ roster means it’s bound to slow down at some point. But had it happened like this? For those who missed it, Colorado State coach Jay Norvell appeared to take a shot at Sanders in an interview earlier in the week when he said his mother raised him to take off his hat and sunglasses when he was speaking with adults; Sanders’ trademark look.

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Publish date : 2023-09-17 18:27:09

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