SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Sept. 23) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Sept. 23) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: September 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm | UPDATED: September 23, 2019 at 3:15 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at 2 p.m. MT. That will do it for this everybody! Great comments and questions. Enjoy the bye week and watching everyone else in the Pac-12 beat each other up!Yes, I think so!If Purcell and Lynott switched places on the OL, would anyone notice?I would have agreed had they not snapped the ball.I think the "confusion" play on 4th down at the end was by design - to try and bait ASU into burning a time out. If they don't bite, take the delay and kick the FG.Ha! They were very good!For the first time in 8 years I want to say this“Our big, fat, well fed (finally!!) offensive line played great!!@I don't know if it's more pressure or what. But they do need to start off better. They've been unable to really stop anyone in the first half. It's like they are waiting to see what the other team shows them.It is such a great sign to see the defense making the adjustments that they do each week, but it would be nice to see the defense play better in the first half. Do you think bringing more pressure might be the answer for the first half? I have never witnessed a team that is so different from one half to the other.I think they've been a very good 1-2 combo. I'd like to see them be a little more explosive with bigger plays, but that's not always their fault. they have the ability. I like the potential of Smith, too.I'm really impressed with our two young back. Mangham is going to be a star for sure if he stays healthy, and Fontenot looks really promising. What do you think of those two so far?Awesome! there you go!Depth Chart. Got it. Page 56 of the media game notes guide. Thx.I don't think it can be targeting if you miss the target. But, I do think with contact, they will take intent into account - to a point.Regarding that targeting call on CU that was reversed: Does intention play a role? Sometimes last year, it looked like our guy was not intending to make contact with his helmet, but the ball carrier changed positions and caused the contact. What if a player clearly leads with his helmet, but misses? Is that targeting, despite the "whiff"?I can't say I did that same research, so I don't know. But, I wasn't surprised there was no public thank you from him.Brian....I researched many of the coaches fired in the same timeframe as HCMM. EVERY one I researched echoed some form of appreciation. He righted the ship..but his overall record in the P12 excluding 2016 was.....bad.Absolutely I think Tucker will do what's necessary to win and make the team better.While I’m not suggesting there is a weak link on the coaching staff and it is way too early to know, do you see Tucker as a guy that would make changes and upgrade his assistant coaches as necessary? I think that MacIntyre’s loyalty to his assistants was clearly part of his downfall. Conversely, the real Mac seemed like one of his many strengths was his willingness to upgrade his coaching staff.They have notHave Luckett or the other wide receiver (Thomas?) who converted to DB seen any action in their new positions yet?The snap didn't go over his head, though. The snap either hit the receiver in motion (Stanley, I think) or that receiver distracted KD enough that he bobbled the ball. But it did hit him in the hands.I agree that the 4th down KD wildcat was the biggest coaching error of the year, but no harm no foul. KD is significantly shorter than Viska and Montez so of course the snap goes over his head. Other than that, fantastic play calling. This staff is a keeper!!Thing about Utah is that the QB is not the most important factor for that offense. They finished strong last year with a backup QB. Utes have a great OL and a stable of RBs. That's what makes them so tough.I hate that iPhone corrects qb to web. Who cares about the web?Anyway, Utah Qb takes a lot of risks. And he’s built like a flamingoThat last sentence is why I think they win at least 6 games. They're going to win more games that people aren't expecting them to win. I think they beat Arizona and UCLA. That's five. I think they'll be Stanford at home. That's six. From there, they can beat USC, maybe catch Washington at home.I really like what I'm seeing from Coach Tucker and this team is getting better. However, I'm still struggling to find 6 wins. Arizona, I hope, but where are the other two? Of course if you would have told me we would beat Nebraska and ASU but lose to AF I would have lost money.No, it does not bode well at all. At this point, the Pac-12 is banking on Oregon or USC to run the table.Two undefeated teams bite the dust in PSC12 play. It's amazing CAL is the only undefeated team left. It doesn't bode well that a PAC12 team will make the playoffsI agree, Johnson has done a very nice job! Having been to all the Pac-12 cities a few times now, my least favorite is Los Angeles. I'm just not a fan of the congestion. I know it's cliche, but that ruins the experience for me. I'm an outdoors guy, so I love the Pullman trip. I stay in Spokane. last time I was there, I went fishing on the Spokane River and caught several nice trout. And, the drive to Pullman isn't that bad (just obey the speed limit!). Favorite place: Oregon or Seattle.Props go to OC Johnson, he really called a great game and mixed it up very nicely. The temp and the mix of run and pass kept the defense guessing all night. Side note, where is your favorite and least favorite place to travel to when following the Buffs. I hear Pullman is not that great.I'm not sure how much more improvement you're going to see there. Bottom line, it's a young group that it still learning. I don't know if we're going to see them give up 31 points every game, but they're going to give up points. I like the young guys up front; Just gotta get them experience!How significant of defensive improvement do you expect the rest of the way, Brian, especially the pass rush? Also what is your impression of the young bulls in rotation up front?He was at the game. i don't know him at all, so I'm not sure where he's leaning, but he's been talking to CU a lot, so I think the Buffs have a great shot.Do you know if Brenden Rice was at the game on Saturday night? Nice to see Tucker and Chev go watch him play on Friday night in person! I’m sure that meant a lot to him. Does your crystal ball have him committing to the Buffs...or do you see him going to Oregon or Michigan?Yes, it's on the CUBuffs.com page if you go to football and look around there.Hi Brian. I can't seem to find a weekly depth chart. Does Coach Tucker put this out for each game and if so, where can I find it?Same starting group for all four gamesIs the O Line the same as it was for the first game or have any of those original starters been replaced?Not very close, from what I could tell. Stefanou got the ball up in a hurryHow close was ASU to blocking Stefanou's go ahead FG? I was watching online and couldn't rewind but it looked like they got very close.Did it look winnable when they were ahead 49-17? WSU won't do that again. That's been a TOUGH place for CU to play over the years.Remember a very bad CU team came from 28 down to beat WSU on the road for Embree's only pac 12 road win , but the WSU game does look very winnable nowMonica from the AP. she's been there every week for yearsDuring Tuckers last press conference there was a woman asking questions. Who is she and what outlet is she from?That's been a big factor so far, absolutely.I’ve heard CU players say practice is harder than the real game. I played football in high school, it was never like that, the real game was always more tiring. Maybe that’s why our defense has been able to make plays at the end of games, again, in better condition?I don't think they were too happy!Curious how Tucker responded to KD’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I probably would’ve shoved the guy too, but I suspect the coaching staff doesn’t have a lot of tolerance for thatIt can be at times, but putting pressure on a QB could lead to good thingsBlitzing a team with great receivers who can catch the slant is a formula for disasterIn that regard, yes, but I don't think overall that CU's location will hurt them in getting players. Other factors (not winning much, players liking certain coaches elsewhere) will come into play, but I don't think geography will hurt them.Except for our defense, CU is a solid team. Very good offense, very good kicking game which helps eliminate opponent returns and very good FG kicker. But, we still don’t have the athletes to beat the top tier PAC 12 teams, especially on the line and speed on defense. The best HS talent comes from the west coast and the south and southeast. Do you think our geography is a handicap in recruiting the best athletes who want to play in front of their friends and families?Hey all, we're getting to that point where the chat hour is almost over and I've got a LOT of questions to get to, so if you haven't asked a question, please save it for Twitter or e-mail. thanks!It did work at the end. Arizona will come up with some wrinkles, but I agree, they gotta keep their eye on TateGotta spy Tate like they did the ASU QB...they had Wells spying at the end....and it seemed to work...It was a very good game for that group. Gotta do it more consistently!Complete game by our newly bigger oline.DiscussI agree. He very much wanted to be a RB, thoughI give Bisharat a lot of credit....never a negative word from him....always worked hard...but was clearly out of place as a RB...they should have converted him as a Soph..I agree, although I think Frost will be good there.Nebraska barely survived Illinois. Amazing how the media just loves to snuggle up to teams that have traditions or a coach they think is a miracle worker.It was a personal foul, but not worth ejection.Why didn't they call that a personal foul and toss that punk OL out who intentionally went right at Johnson's lower leg? What a cheap shot. So glad it's his ankle and not a knee ligament. That guy almost cost Mustafa an NFL payday.That wasn't the guy who clipped him. It was a fourth-year junior.The guy who clipped Mustafa is 17 years old.I think OSU wins in a landslide, too.I believe this weekend Scott Frost will prove that he’s but another in a long line of fake prophets. Buckeyes by 40.Everything I hear is that he looks good. I don't think he's truly tied for 2nd. If they went with a No. 2, I think it would be Lytle.What is the real deal on how Stenstrom has looked in practice? For him to ascend to tied for backup with no spring ball is impressive.The Buffs are middle of the pack in the conference in my opinion. But, too early to tell for sure, as you said.Tough to draw conclusions about Pac 12 teams and the teams we played 4 games in. Therefore it's hard to tell how good we are. Do you think AF and ASU are good? AF lost to BSU, but maybe BSU is really good. ASU beat MSU, but then MSU whipped Northwestern, who also lost to Stanford, so maybe Northwestern isn't that good anymore. So maybe ASU and AF really are good and then so are the Buffs. Nebraska and CSU, not so much. Clearly ASU was a "better" win, even if not as deeply satisfying as Nebraska. Where do you think the Buffs are in the Pac. Better than UCLA or WSU?Stanford is never a walk in the park, but very beatable.Stanford should be a walk in the park. And Utah’s web is gonna get injured. He plays crazy like.Not often you see a coach get fired and then thank the university. I'll give him a pass on that. Jay skipping the banquet, I think that was a bad move, but understand it a bit. Mac did a fine job getting this program going in the right direction, but it was time to move on.