Colorado coach Dan Hawkins returned to normal this week at his media luncheon today. There was no long, introspective opening statement, reading of letters of support or acknowledgement of mistakes made as was the case a week ago.
The Buffs are in must-win mode for the rest of the season. Another loss would eliminate them from the postseason.
"I hope they're in cut-it-loose mode," Hawkins said.
Colorado needs its offense to make a dramatic leap this week to match the production likely to come from the Aggies. Texas A&M is ranked third in the nation in total offense, averaging 491 yards per game. The Buffs are ranked 113th in the nation in the same category averaging 286 yards.
Hawkins remains under fire for the way his team has performed this year, but one member of his coaching staff will be celebrated Saturday.
Longtime linebackers coach Brian Cabral will coach in his 300th game at CU. Cabral, who serves as associate head coach, played linebacker for the Buffs from 1974 to 1977 and played in a total of 46 games. After a nine-year career in the National Football League, he was hired as a graduate assistant in 1989.