It has been a forgettable season and a season that won't be forgotten all at once for coaches and players in the Colorado football program.

Just when you think it couldn't get any worse or nothing more could happen to surprise you:

An opponent throws seven touchdown passes in a game

A foe scores 70 and politely takes a foot off the pedal trying to avoid running up the score further.

An opponent shuts out the Buffs at home for the first time in 26 years.

An opposing running back gallops through gaping hole after gaping hole en route to nearly 400 yards rushing.

With two home games remaining before this abysmal season mercifully comes to an end there is another ugly footnote of note just waiting for the Buffs.

A year ago this week, as CU prepared for its home finale and senior day against Arizona, the Buffs were still looking for their first home victory of the season. The only CU win to that point came on a neutral field in Denver over Colorado State.

The Buffs came together and played their best game of the season to that point to avoid becoming the first CU team since 1920 to go winless on its home field for an entire season. No CU team has ever failed to win at least once in a season in Folsom Field. When the 1920 team went winless at home, it played at Gamble Field.

Last season, the Buffs downplayed the infamous possibility leading up to the game only to admit relief at avoiding history after beating Arizona.


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A year later, the 2012 Buffs face the same challenge, though they have two opportunities remaining to earn home win. The first comes Saturday when Washington brings its three-game winning streak to Boulder hoping to earn its seventh win of the season. The final opportunity -- assuming CU loses its seventh consecutive game this week -- comes when Utah visits the day after Thanksgiving.

Will these Buffs fight like they did last year or will they shrug at one more feckless achievement?

Coach Jon Embree said Monday he doesn't believe there is division among players on the team and he continues to see satisfactory effort.

"In the locker room, there is not an issue," Embree said. "The guys are preparing and working hard. We just didn't play well on one side of the football."

Embree said the biggest problem is getting an entire team effort with both the offense and defense playing well in the same game. Embree said addressed his team Monday and told defenders they have two opportunities to redeem themselves and the offense still has plenty of issues to improve.

Another QB wait

Sophomore Nick Hirschman started last week's game at quarterback and played well, leading CU on its two longest drives, time-wise, of the season. But Hirschman suffered a concussion and is questionable this week.

Hirschman did not practice Monday. Embree said he still has to pass his concussion test to be cleared to play against Washington. If Hirschman can't play this week, Connor Wood will likely make his first career start with Jordan Webb serving as the backup.

Embree said he thought both Hirschman and Wood played well against Arizona. The Wildcats have one of the nation's worst defenses. Beating Washington's defense is a significant step up for whoever is under center for the Buffs this week.

No bubble yet

CU still hasn't put up its practice bubble this year. CU sports information director Dave Plati said the company that usually does the work has been busy with relief efforts on the East Coast after hurricane Sandy.