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No Bull, Just Buffs
34 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
30: Episode 30: Conversations w/ The Wright Bros; RMS Preview
The Colorado Buffaloes (6-0) have amassed an undefeated record in the early goings of the 2017-2018 season. Including an impressive, three wins in three days to win the 2017 Paradise Jam, the Buffs now prepare to take to the road for the first time this year. A date in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown, hoops edition, with the Colorado State Rams (3-4) is set for 11am MST on Saturday, December 2nd in Fort Collins. Mat Smith breaks down Colorado’s impressive beginning to this campaign despite having a team with eight freshmen on it. A big factor in the Buffs’ success has been the play of “The Wright Bros.” Redshirt-junior guard/forward Namon Wright and freshman point guard McKinley Wright IV are key pieces to the 2017-2018 team. Mat goes 1-on-1 with Namon Wright to discuss the Buffs’ hot start. Topics include the rivalry with Colorado State, the kids are earning their stripes, staying motivated, and what it’s like to play on the road in college basketball. Through six games, Namon is one of three Buffs averaging in double figures with 12.7 points, and 3.3 rebounds per game. Mat also goes 1-on-1 with freshman standout McKinley Wright IV to discuss his basketball roots and figure out what’s in McKinley’s fabric. Topics include lofty expectations, staying grounded, Colorado’s alumni support system, big shoes to fill, McKinley’s upbringing, his decision to re-open his recruitment, and early impressions of the Rocky Mountain Showdown matchup. All that and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
42 minutes | Oct 21, 2017
29: Episode 29: Wazzu GAMEDAY; Make CU Great Again?
The Colorado Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend by nabbing their first Pac-12 win in 2017. CU edged out the Oregon State Beavers (1-6, 0-4), 36-33 to secure their first Power 5 win of the season. This week, the task becomes much more challenging. Colorado heads back out on the road where they will take on the (#15/#18) Washington State Cougars (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday, October 21st at 8:45pm MT. The game will be broadcast on national television, this time appearing on ESPN2. It is the main course for this Saturday's #Pac12AfterDark offering. The Buffs defense must improve if they want a chance to come away with a win in Pullman. Over their last two games, CU has allowed their opponents 1,136 total yards. The Buffaloes' defensive unit has to improve on back-to-back dismal performances. If not, things could get out of hand quickly against Wazzu. Redshirt-senior quarterback Luke Falk and the Cougars' offense is dynamic. They boast the third ranked passing attack in the NCAA and are one of the most efficient teams in the country. CU will have to find a way to create pressure on Falk and build off the better pass rush they showed in the second half against the Beavers. Mat Smith also goes one-on-one with Buffs' co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Brian Lindgren. They get into where redshirt-sophomore Steven Montez is in his development process and what the two are working on. Lindgren also shares his thoughts on where he feels the team is at right now and the mentality they must have the rest of the way. All this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs...
7 minutes | Oct 14, 2017
28: Oregon State GAMEDAY; must-win in Corvallis
The Colorado Buffaloes (3-3, 0-3) face the Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday, October 14th at 2pm MT from Corvallis. The Buffs begin the second half of the season without a Power 5 win, let alone a Pac-12 win. CU is in the heart of three game slide that saw two losses by a combined seven points in the last two weeks. After allowing the Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1) 425 yards rushing, a reeling Buffaloes defense must step up to the challenge. In a podcast that normally runs 30 to 45 minutes, Mat Smith sums things up quite quickly. It's win or face the consequences for Head Coach Mike MacIntyre and the Colorado Buffaloes.
39 minutes | Oct 7, 2017
27: Arizona GAMEDAY; Back to Basketball
The defending Pac-12 South champion, Colorado Buffaloes (3-2, 0-2) sit at the bottom of their division nearing the halfway mark of the 2017 Season. On Saturday, October 7th at Folsom Field, they will play host to the Arizona Wildcats (2-2, 0-1). Both teams are separated by just one game in the South standings after Arizona had their bye week last week and Colorado lost to the UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-1). If Colorado wants any chance of remaining in the mathematical discussion for Pac-12 South contenders then a win against Arizona is essentially a requirement. However it will not be easy, as the Wildcats eighth ranked rushing attack makes it was to Boulder on Saturday night. Colorado's near win over UCLA should've served as final notice to the Buffs that while expectations are much higher, patience is in a much shorter supply. Opportunities like Colorado had last week don't come around very often and it hurts to squander them when you do. Mat Smith breaks down the Buffaloes' offense and thinks he may have found the missing puzzle piece to the equation. Mat goes in-depth on how to fix the Colorado offense and what specific things the Buffs need to implement in their gameplan in order to do so. Also, Colorado Men's Basketball practice has begun and Mat has been there everyday, ear to the ground, keeping up with the latest in the Hoops World. Buffs' Head Coach Tad Boyle joins Mat, one-on-one to talk about the first week of practice. All this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs.
38 minutes | Sep 30, 2017
26: #CUvsUCLA GAMEDAY Preview
The Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-1) will take to the road for the first time in 2017 as they travel to the Rose Bowl to face the UCLA Bruins (2-2, 0-1) at 8:30pm MT on Saturday night. Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak to UCLA with last year's 20-10 win in Boulder, it was their first win over the Bruins since the Buffs joined the Pac-12. It is the second straight game on national television for the Buffs. The game being broadcast on ESPN2 figures to be a #Pac12AfterDark night cap to an exciting Saturday in college football. CU fell to the (#6/#6) Washington Huskies (4-0, 1-0) in the rematch of the 2016 Pac-12 Championship game to open conference play last Saturday, 37-10. Redshirt-sophomore QB Steven Montez threw three interceptions in the loss. For the Buffs to compete with the nation's best passing attack, Montez has to take better care of the football. UCLA enters the game averaging over 45 points per game and Colorado will not be able to compete if they give the Bruins any handouts. Mat Smith breaks down film of the Washington game and explains his takeaways before previewing the matchup with the nation's leading passer in junior QB Josh Rosen. Find out why Mat thinks the Buffs have a good chance to pull the upset on the road in Pasadena. All this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
39 minutes | Sep 23, 2017
25: Pac-12 Championship Rematch GAMEDAY Edition
The Colorado Buffaloes (3-0) play host to the (#7/#6) Washington Huskies (3-0) on Saturday at 8pm MT. This game represents the conference play opener for both schools and a rematch of the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game. After getting blown out 41-10 in December of 2016, the Buffaloes are seeking redemption from what many called an "embarrassing loss". However, things are much different this year for CU following the departure of 27 seniors. RS-SO QB Steven Montez is now at the helm and Colorado had to replace almost their entire defense from the year before. UW is coming into Folsom Field looking to check the Buffs off their list in their quest to return to the College Football Playoff. Mat Smith brings you a special edition of No Bull, Just Buffs for GAMEDAY. Mat shares the requested film review from CU's win over the Northern Colorado Bears (1-1) last weekend. Additionally, Mat puts a bow on non-conference play and shares what he takes from this small sample size. Other topics include early surprises, concerns as the Buffs move into conference play, and finally, Mat seeks a blueprint to beat the Huskies. The Buffs and Huskies will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, giving the rematch of the Pac-12 Championship game a national audience.
37 minutes | Sep 15, 2017
24: How to play fast; A Conversation with Sefo Liufau
The Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) will face the Northern Colorado Bears (1-0) on Saturday, September 16th at Folsom Field. It's the first meeting between the two schools since 1934. The Buffs are just one of three teams in the country to hold their opponents without a touchdown through their first two games. It's the first time since 1958 that a CU team has accomplished this feat. Despite scoring 37 points in a win over the Texas State Bobcats (1-1) last Saturday, the Colorado offense is still not operating at the level that many expected before the season. The primary goal against UNC is to get the offense rolling before the #6 Washington Huskies (2-0) come to town the following weekend. When looking for answers, Mat Smith knew exactly where to go. All-time leading passer and holder of 99 school records, former Buffs QB Sefo Liufau joins No Bull, Just Buffs. Mat talks to Sefo about the historic 2016 Campaign, a summer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his time at Colorado, and how far away the Buffaloes and RS-SO QB Steven Montez are from finding top form. All this and MUCH more with Mat Smith on No Bull, Just Buffs!
22 minutes | Jan 21, 2017
23: What Happened to Colorado Basketball?
Not long after getting bounced by the UConn Huskies in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, when looking towards the next season, CU Buffs RS-JR G/F George King said, "Without a doubt we can be playing in the Sweet 16." Then later in October as the Buffs prepared for training camp, Head Coach Tad Boyle said, "I think this has the makings of a top-25 basketball team. I really do. Talent-wise, experience-wise. Hopefully in the seventh year of your program the pipeline is full and recruiting has gone well." Well, three months later the Colorado Buffaloes (10-9, 0-6) are off to the program's worst start to conference play in 24 years. On a six game slide to start Pac 12 Play, CU is tied for last place as they prepare to take on the Washington State Huskies (9-9, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon in Pullman at 2pm MT. Mat Smith and No Bull, Just Buffs returns to answer the burning question surrounding this program, just exactly what happened to Colorado Basketball? Smith has the answers and provides clarity and insight into the bitter disappointment that is the 2016-2017 season to this point. However, the free fall may soon be over for the Buffs as he previews CU's upcoming rumble with the Cougars. All of this and MUCH MORE on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs.
12 minutes | Dec 29, 2016
Special Edition: Mat Smith joins Mile High Sports Radio to preview Alamo Bowl
Mat Smith joined James Gomez on Mile High Sports Radio in Denver on Thursday morning to break down the upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl. The #10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3, 8-1) face off with the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 7-2) at 8pm CT from the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX on ESPN.
51 minutes | Dec 29, 2016
22: Alamo Bowl GAMEDAY Preview
The #10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3, 8-1) will take on the #12 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Thursday night from the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas. The 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl consists of two former Big 8, then Big 12 opponents in the Buffs and Cowboys. Both teams have had nearly a month off and weeks to prepare for the first Bowl game in 10 years for the Buffs. Colorado has not won a bowl game since 2004 and last appeared in the postseason in the 2007 Independence Bowl (L vs Alabama). Mat Smith breaks down the Cowboys led by JR QB Mason Rudolph , FR RB Justice Hill and JR WR James Washington. CU has a big task at hand trying to stop one of the most high powered offenses in the country. Also, EXCLUSIVE 1-on-1 interviews with JR WR Shay Fields, RS-JR RB Phil Lindsay and SR SS Tedric Thompson in preparation for the Alamo Bowl. Mat Smith discusses this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs.
38 minutes | Dec 22, 2016
21: Non-Conference Recap & Eastern Washington Gameday
No Bull, Just Buffs is back! The Colorado Buffaloes Basketball (9-3) team is a topic of controversy lately despite owning two of the Pac-12's four wins over ranked teams so far this season. CU has one more game in its non-conference slate against Eastern Washington (8-4) on Thursday night at 6:30pm at the Coors Event Center. Mat Smith goes in-depth to review this year's version of the Buffs and evaluates the potential they have shown, yet the progress that needs to be made. This extended episode is PACKED with great content from start to finish! Tune in for exclusive 1-on-1's with RS-SR G Derrick White and JR F Tory Miller to get their input and perspective on the first half of their season and the strides they have to make before Pac-12 Conference season begins in the new year. Smith previews the final game of non-conference play against Eastern Washington and their dynamic JR PG Bogdan Bliznyuk who leads a trio of Eagels that average nearly 50 points per game. Also, lend an ear with insider access to Buffs practice. Head Coach Tad Boyle addressed the media regarding his team's status following a win on the road at Air Force, and looked ahead to the challenge that Eastern Washington presents. Mat Smith discusses this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
33 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
20: Pac-12 Championship, Alamo Bowl & a shot at redemption for Boyle's Buffs
The #10 Colorado Buffaloes (10-3, 8-2) were dominated by the #4 Washington Huskies (11-1, 9-1) 41-10 in the Pac-12 Championship game last weekend. It was a disappointing performance but CU earned an invitation to the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl to face the #12 Oklahoma City Cowboys on December 29th in San Antonio, Texas. While the Buffs football team takes a brief hiatus to complete finals, the Colorado basketball team host #13 Xavier at the Coors Eventer Center on December 7th. It represents the highest-ranked non-conference opponent to visit Boulder since, at the time, #6 Kansas was defeated 75-72 on Askia Booker's buzzer beater in 2013. Mat Smith previews the BIG game against the Musketeers and also, here's your chance to go inside Buffs basketball practice with Head Coach Tad Boyle. Hear the status of the 2016-17 season from Boyle himself and go in-depth on the huge opportunity that lay ahead for CU. As a bonus, Mat Smith catches up with 2015's Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year, RS-JR G/F George King and get his perspective on what it takes to beat an elite basketball team. ALL of this and MUCH MORE on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
10 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
Special Edition: Mat Smith joins SB Nation Radio to preview Pac 12 Championship
Mat Smith from 5280 Sports Network joined Nate Lundy and Shawn Drotar on Friday morning live from Santa Clara. Mat discusses how the Buffs went from the basement to the top of their division and what has to go their way to win the Pac 12 Championship Game over Washington.
22 minutes | Nov 26, 2016
19: Utah GAMEDAY Preview
The #9 Colorado Buffaloes (9-2, 7-1) will take on the #22 Utah Utes (8-3, 5-3) at Folsom Field on Senior Night in the 2016 regular season finale. CU rides in on a five-game winning streak and sits atop the Pac-12 South with one game to go. If the Buffaloes beat the Utes, they will win the Pac-12 South and go to Levi's Stadium to compete for a Pac-12 Championship versus Pac-12 North Champs, #5 Washington (11-1, 8-1) next week. If they lose, USC holds the head-to-head tiebreaker and will win the Pac-12 South and go to Santa Clara. CU is going to have to slow down Utes SR RB Joe Williams who has accumulated over 1,000 yards rushing in just seven games this season. The Utes are the third ranked rushing offense in the Pac-12. Utah leads the Pac-12 in Time of Possession due to their efficiency running the football and the Buffs will do their best to keep the Utes offense off of the field. 27 Seniors including 11 starters and 13 rotation players will be honored at Folsom Field on Saturday in what is most likely to be the first sellout in eight years. For the second straight week, the game is broadcast on the FOX network, despite not having a game on a major network since 2009. SR QB Sefo Liufau owns or shares 85 school records as he leads his troops onto Folsom Field behind Ralphie for the final time in his career. It's been an epic ride and the Buffs are not done yet. Mat Smith discusses this and MUCH MORE on this week's No Bull, Just Buffs!
25 minutes | Nov 19, 2016
18: Wazzu GAMEDAY Preview
It's time. The #10 Colorado Buffaloes (8-2, 6-1) play host to the #22 Washington State Cougars (8-2, 7-0) at 1:35pm MT on FOX. It's the first time since 2009 that CU Football will be carried by a major network. It is also the first Top 25 matchup at Folsom Field since 2002. The Buffs enter the game #1 in the Pac-12 South and the Cougars enter #1 in the Pac-12 North. The battle between the conference's elite represents seven of the last 10 last-place finishes in the Pac-12 from 2011 to 2015. Wazzu comes into Folsom Field on an eight-game winning streak with the #2 Passing Offense in the NCAA. They are led by RS-JR QB Luke Falk, the FBS leader in completion percentage. He completes over 74% of his passes while leading the country in completions per game at more than 35 per game. CU's #1 Defense in the Pac-12 will look to slow down a Washington State team that averages over 44 points a game. They have scored 125 points in their last two games and has four 50-point performances on the 2016 season. Colorado's Offense got back on track last week, scoring 49 points in a win over the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson. SR QB Sefo Liufau now owns or shares 84 school records and is just one touchdown shy of tying Cody Hawkins for most passing touchdowns in CU history with 60. It remains the one major passing record the Senior has not yet broken or tied. It is a MUST WIN game for the Buffaloes who maintain a .5 game lead over the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 South. However, USC owns the tiebreaker from their 21-17 win over CU earlier this season. Should Colorado lose this game, winning their division would be a longshot. It's the most anticipated game in Buffs history in over a decade. Head Coach Mike MacIntyre will lead his team out onto Folsom Field on Saturday afternoon, a place CU hasn't lost in over a calendar year. Ralphie's ready. Are you? Mat Smith breaks down the biggest game of the 2016 season yet in the ONLY GAMEDAY PREVIEW PODCAST out there. Listen on your way to the stadium or turn it on at the tailgate, it's a must listen for Buffs fans.
17 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
17: My Lady, Her Name is Relevance
It's official. The Colorado Buffaloes Football team has returned from the depths of the FBS and is now back among the elite. CU was ranked #10 in the third edition of the College Football Playoff Poll on Tuesday night. It is the first time since 2002 that the Buffs have been inside the Top 10 in a national poll since preseason rankings in 2002. Colorado won their final road game of the 2016 regular season campaign last weekend, defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 49-24. The Buffs end true road play this year with a winning record, the first time since 2004. It was a big game for Sefo Liufau and the Offense as they were able to steer the ship back in the right direction, scoring 49 points in total, 42 in three quarters. Arizona did move the ball between the 20's very well against Colorado, totaling 412 yards of total offense and 257 rushing yards. However the Buffs were stout in the redzone and it wasn't until the end of the game that the Wildcats were able to reduce the losing margin. Mat Smith discusses this and MUCH MORE on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs.
24 minutes | Nov 12, 2016
16: The Night Before - Arizona
The #12 Colorado Buffaloes head to Tucson, Arizona to take on the Arizona Wildcats in their final road game of the regular season on Saturday night. This #Pac12AfterDark is the second straight night game the Buffs have played. CU's is hoping to get their offense back into gear on Saturday as that unit has only scored one offensive touchdown each of the last week. This Arizona team was most recently blown out by Washington State last weekend, 69-7. While U of A tries to snap a six-game losing streak, the CU Buffs look to get back on the right track under QB Sefo Liufau as the end of season is upon is. Colorado comes in with a three-game winning streak themselves in an effort to start the season 8-2 for the first time since 2002.
35 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
15: 2016-17 CU Basketball Season Preview
The Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball team is looking to bounce back from a good season that ended in a disappointing loss, once again in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Entering his seventh year, Tad Boyle has his deepest team yet led by four, fifth-year Seniors. Making his CU-Debut will be UCCS transfer, SR G Derrick White, a two-time DII All-American, who boasts pretty high expectations entering this campaign. The Buffs also benefit from the return of RS-SR G/F Xavier Johnson who missed the entire 2015-2016 season with a torn achilles, in addition to a slew of talented freshmen. THIS IS A MUST LISTEN, an in-depth and extensive preview into the CU Men's Basketball program and exclusive information you won't find anywhere else. Mat Smith dives into Tad's world and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2016
14: A Win Is A Win
The #12/#16/#15 Colorado Buffaloes (7-2, 5-1) defeated the UCLA Bruins (3-6, 1-4), 20-10 in an ugly ball game. It's the second week in a row that the Buffs have won behind the Pac-12's leading defense. After the victory, CU moved up three spots and was ranked #12 in the College Football Playoff poll. CU overcame four first half turnovers and would eventually secure victory behind CB/PR Isaiah Oliver punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter. It marks the second straight week the Buffaloes offense has only scored one offensive touchdown. Mat Smith breaks all of this down and MUCH MORE on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs!
23 minutes | Nov 3, 2016
13: The Night Before - UCLA
The #21/#20 Colorado Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) come off their first BYE week since 2014 to face the UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4) at home on Thursday night. UCLA was also idle over the weekend, making for an even playing field. There are just four games left on the schedule for CU and the Buffs control their own destiny with three out of the final four at home. The Bruins were struck by the news this week of the loss of their starting QB Josh Rosen to injury for the rest of the season. Redshirt QB Mike Fafaul with make his third career start on Thursday. He led the Bruins back in a valiant fight two weeks ago but came up just short in a 52-45 loss to Utah, setting school records in completions and attempts. The Bruins have lost three in a row and are just 1-3 on the road this year entering this matchup. The initial College Football Playoff polls were released this week and they placed the Buffs at #15. It was CU's debut in the CFP Polls and a higher number than most expected. With so much momentum, can Colorado make a push for the final four and rejoin college football's elite? Mat Smith discuss ALL of this and MUCH more on this episode of No Bull, Just Buffs.
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