Not that anyone is attempting to sugarcoat the results. A defense that`s given up 1,000 yards and an offense that has started far too slowly two weeks in a row has resulted in two of the more embarrassing defeats in Buff history. The losses have been there for the world to see, and the world has taken notice.
Earlier this week, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star wrote, "The glass case is off the panic button" at Colorado.
Last week, Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald noted, "After Colorado State beat the Buffaloes 23-17 on Sunday, it appears CU would have to play 30 times this season to get to 10 wins."
Meanwhile, a vocal -- and significant -- segment of Buff fans are itching for a coaching change (which isn`t going to happen).
And through it all, Dan Hawkins remains steadfast in his belief that the Buffs will be OK.
"Are we good enough? Yes, we are good enough, but that also gets both fueled and tainted by confidence and momentum and all that," CU`s coach said at his regular Tuesday press conference. "We just need to build a little confidence and get a little momentum and turn the page a little bit and those things will go.
"I`ve been on both sides of that deal before. ... We just need to keep going, get a little better, get a win and get a little wind underneath our wings.
Theories as to why the Buffs have started so slowly are as plentiful as the points they`ve allowed.
One former player told me Hawkins` offense isn`t geared to the team`s talent.Another said the fault lies with the defense, that it has been deteriorating over the last couple of years and the worst is still ahead.
And yet another ex-Buff insists the troubles can all be traced to Hawkins` lack of motivational skills.
Maybe some or all of that is true, but fact is, it`s still Hawkins` team, and he still has time to change the direction. With 10 games remaining on the schedule, there`s ostensibly still enough time to make this season memorable for something other than being the one every Buff fan wishes he could forget.
Still, if misery loves company, the Buffs are not alone.
Folks at Michigan State are less than pleased with a loss to Central Michigan. Oklahoma State fans -- who had dreams of a national title dancing in their heads -- are now shaking their heads after getting run over by Houston.
And you can bet Kansas State boosters aren`t exactly happy over a Bill Snyder team losing to Louisiana-Lafayette -- in the same week that Snyder received a contract extension that will pay him roughly $1.9 million per year.
A large percentage of CU faithful, meanwhile, are perplexed by Hawkins` reaction.
Folks who have been expecting -- or wanting -- a fire-and-brimstone rant session from the coach have been disappointed. The coach who refused to jump up and thump his chest after beating Oklahoma a couple of years ago now refuses to paint an end-of-the-world scenario after two losses.
And, fans who think Hawkins should promise immediate and wholesale changes are instead hearing CU`s coach insist that staying the course is the best way to proceed.
I can`t even hazard a guess as to which reaction would be better.
But you can put me in the minority -- granted, it`s a very small minority -- of people who don`t believe this season is a complete loss yet. No doubt, given the way the Buffs have played to this point, it`s hard to imagine much success coming down the pike. But there`s still enough talent on this team to at least be competitive for the majority of the games remaining.
Tuesday afternoon, Hawkins continued to say he`s convinced the Buffs are doing the right things. He`s convinced that the process will produce success.
We won`t say he`s wrong. Hawkins has been successful wherever he`s been, and it`s hard to discount a history of achievement. More often than not, a man`s past is a decent barometer of his future.
But we also know the clock is ticking. Just two games into the season, CU`s margin for error between a complete flop and anything resembling success has become razor thin.
Now, it`s time for the Buffs and their coaches to prove they know the difference between the two.