1. Cabral's new job
Former Colorado linebacker and 24-year assistant Buffs coach Brian Cabral's first game as Indiana State's defensive coordinator didn't go so well. The FCS Sycamores opened the season on Thursday giving up 73 points to the FBS Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana overwhelmed its FCS in-state opponent passing for 319 passing yards and rushing for 313 in a 73-35 victory.
It was a long night for the Sycamores: "The Hoosiers scored six touchdowns in the first half, consuming just 3 minutes, 57 seconds off the clock and finished with 45 points -- the highest first-half total since Indiana started keeping records in 1949."
To Indiana State's defense, the Sycamores cut the lead to 17 points in the third quarter, but spent the night chasing IU around the field. Indiana's football program is on the rise thanks to the almighty hoops dollar and the Hoosiers could end the season in a bowl game. This was a case of a FCS team not having the same talent level as a FBS opponent.
On Cabral's opening night, Tribune-Star sports editor and Sycamores beat writer Todd Golden told Buffzone, "I want to wait and see until I see a few games. ISU doesn't play a FCS team until late Sept. That'll be a better indicator."
Cabral took the job in Terre Haute in January, joining first-year Sycamores head coach Mike Sanford. The two first met at Purdue in 1987.
2. Snyder statue
There's a new statue outside of Kansas State's West Stadium Center and it's in the mold of none other than Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder. The 8-foot, one-ton bronze statue is the work of Kansas City sculptor Spencer Schubert, but the 73-year-old Snyder wasn't involved much with the artistic process.
From the article: "As for what's on the base, Snyder's pose was derived from photos and sketches but not, in fact, Snyder posing - something Snyder apparently wasn't even asked by K-State to consider because of the likelihood he would refuse."
The Wildcats open their season tonight against North Dakota State in Manhattan.
3. Blueprint for CU
A recent Bleacher Report column by Kyle Kensing offers a blueprint to rebuild Colorado for first-year coach Mike MacIntyre.
Interesting recruiting notes from the piece include:
"MacIntyre's time at SJSU gives him inroads to California, which he has already tapped. CU's 2013 recruiting class featured 12 prospects from the Golden State. Coincidentally, MacIntyre kept on board Jon Embree pledge and 3-star wide receiver prospect Bryce Bobo from Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak-the same school that produced SJSU standout linebacker Keith Smith."
"Unearthing gems in California must continue to be a cornerstone of CU's recruiting game plan, but throwing a fence around the Rocky Mountains is of equal importance. Because Colorado does not have the deepest recruiting pool, every touted local prospect MacIntyre and Co. can bring to Boulder is crucial."
4. Clowney's conditioning
If you caught South Carolina's opener last night against North Carolina, you likely were questioning all-SEC defender Jadeveon Clowney's offseason conditioning. The Heisman Trophy hopeful doesn't care much saying, "Don't matter. We got the win. That's all that matters. As long as we get that win I could care less."
5. Party at The Big House
A handful of Michigan students decided to kick the season off with a party on the field at The Big House. According to AnnArbor.com, "Six University of Michigan students and one visitor were found with alcohol and marijuana on the turf of Michigan Stadium, according to police."
"Police stated all seven were cited for unlawful entry. One student was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol, a second student was arrested for an MIP and possession of suspected marijuana and a third student was arrested for failure to provide identification."
It's a time-honored tradition to break into the stadium and revel in the start of the college football.