Deion Sanders and Colorado take college football by storm
There are few figures in the world of sports who are more polarizing than Deion Sanders. Going back to his playing days in the NFL, Sanders was never shy about his intentions. He wanted to win in whatever he did, and he wanted to do it in style.
That same mantra has carried over into his coaching, where he started at HBCU Jackson State and now with the University of Colorado. When Sanders took the job at Colorado, there was an exodus of sorts with the players who remained on the team after a dismal 1-11 2022 campaign. Sanders put in the work, and started to build his program his way, with his players.
For as many players jettisoned elsewhere when Sanders was hired, the influx of players who wanted to play for “Coach Prime” was equally impressive. Getting the players is one thing, performing on the highest stage is another.
The Week 1 game would be a difficult test for Colorado, as they traveled to play TCU on the road. TCU, who played in the National Championship Game last season, was the 17th ranked team entering the contest. When all was said and done it was Colorado breaking a 0-27 streak on the road against ranked opponents.
But it wasn’t just the 45-42 win, but how the Buffalos won the game. Primarily based on the head coach’s own son, Shedeur Sanders, monumental performance. Just look at this stat line:
Shedeur Sanders in his Colorado debut:
🦬 510 passing yards
🦬 4 TDs/0 INTs
🦬 W vs the No. 17 team pic.twitter.com/tKn9KAAOKz
— PFF (@PFF) September 2, 2023
Those 510 total passing yards were evenly distributed throughout the receiving corps, with four Colorado receivers registering over 100-yard games. The first time this feat occurred in school history.
Colorado had 4️⃣ 100-yard receivers in a game for the first time in school history 🤯
The Coach Prime era is here‼️
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2023
After the game a very emotional Sanders spoke about how he told media and fans they were going to see a resurgence in the program. Did many believe it would happen this fast? No, but you can see/hear the jubilation in Sanders’ voice in the wake of his first victory at the University of Colorado.
An emotional Deion Sanders after their stunning upset against TCU:
“We told you we coming. We told you we coming. You thought we was joking. And guess what? We keep receipts.”pic.twitter.com/wUgaB6VSZo
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) September 2, 2023
Is this just a one week thing? Will Colorado slowly fade into the watered down college football landscape? It’s possible, but there is no shortage of fireworks when Coach Prime is prowling the sidelines.
What’s next for Colorado? Here is their upcoming schedule:
- vs. Nebraska
- vs. Colorado State
- at Oregon (15)
- vs. USC (6)
- at Arizona State
- vs. Stanford
- at UCLA
- vs. Oregon State (18)
- vs. Arizona
- at Washington State
- at Utah (14)
Regardless of the final record, Colorado has put its name back on the college football map, and you have to wonder what the future doesn’t just have in store for the University of Colorado, but Deion Sanders. Will bigger boosters, with bigger checks, lure him away? Will the NFL come calling?
That’s a discussion for another time. Right now, the upset win over the TCU Horned Frogs will be one many college football fans will remember for a long time.
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