Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes shocked the college football world this weekend when they defeated last year’s national runner-up, the TCU Horned Frogs, 45-42.
It was a culmination of a turbulent and hype-driven offseason as Sanders took over a program that went 1-11 last season. While many thought that this game would be a wake-up call for him and his team, it appears that it was actually the other way around.
Even though it was just one game, some have even started speculation if the Pac-12 (for now) school has a shot at making the College Football Playoff.
Not really, says ESPN and SEC Network analyst Paul 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 admitted that he thought the Buffs looked very impressive in the victory. However, he also thinks they benefitted from TCU not being as good as advertised.
“It’s amazing what talented players will do for you, Greg. I was about to say only two, he’s got two that we are talking about today, everybody in the country, but he’s got a lot more than that. 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.”