Shedeur Sanders Sep 2, 2023; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) throws a pass in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It was a great weekend for the Colorado Buffaloes and their new head coach Deion Sanders.

However, ESPN and SEC college football analyst Paul Finebaum isn’t buying the hype.

After Colorado beat last year’s national runner-up, the TCU Horned Frogs, 45-42 on Saturday, there was a lot of talk about the Buffs competing for the Pac-12 title and potentially even making a run at the College Football Playoff.

Absolutely not, says Finebaum.

“They’re a really nice program. He is owning the sport, but there is absolutely, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, Deion, there is absolutely no chance — no chance whatsoever that they’re ever in the conversation past October,” Finebaum said when asked if Colorado could make the playoff this season.”

Finebaum went on to say that while Colorado had a nice win, TCU probably isn’t as good as it seemed to be.

I think they were fortunate, they were up against a paper tiger,” Finebaum said. “I don’t know where you go if you’re TCU right now and your last two national championship appearances you got your nose broken and your teeth knocked out. Then you were just laid on the railroad track to die, essentially, because that program which has worked so hard has been shattered and embarrassed, and humiliated, and nobody wants to see them, hear them, or have anything to do with them again.”

The college football world had some strong reactions to those strong takes.

“Receipt kept..I BELIEVE,” said one Colorado fan.

“CU is headed for 7-5 season. beating TCU is not that big of a feat,” said another college football fan.

“I don’t know if this guy has ever held a football but whether Colorado is in any conversation in Oct, try, TRY to be positive!” begged another fan.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to