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“I don’t call it gutsy,” Taggart said of the decision. “I call it cool. That’s pretty cool. That was sweet.”

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW

The Pac-12 might want to return Colorado to the Big 12.

The Buffaloes, in their second season in the Pac-12, are a wreck. Saturday’s 69-14 loss at Fresno State dropped Colorado to 0-3. A winless season seems not only realistic, but likely. The Buffs’ best chance may be Saturday at Washington State, but they have lost 25 of their last 26 games outside Colorado.

Many fans have already turned on second-year coach Jon Embree. He shut down his Twitter account last week after a loss to Sacramento State because of all the nasty messages he was getting.

Colorado has only three senior starters and a depth chart stuffed with underclassmen. Embree was hired to replace Dan Hawkins in part because the school needed an affordable option. Embree is in the second season of a five-year deal that pays $720,00 annually, making him the lowest paid coach in the Pac-12.

“I’m a competitor. I’m a fighter. I don’t read the papers. Because if you’re going to believe what they say about you when they talk about all the good stuff, you’ve got to believe the bad,” Embree said Tuesday during the Pac-12 coaches teleconference. “There’s always somewhere in between.”

On Monday, University President Bruce Benson told The Denver Post he was standing behind Embree and the man who hired him, athletic director Michael Bohn.

“We’re going to rebuild and be positive and move forward,” Benson told the newspaper.

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HEISMAN WATCH

Teddy Bridgewater deserves some early season Heisman hype. The Louisville quarterback has completed 81 percent of his passes, leading the Cardinals to victories against Kentucky, Missouri State and North Carolina.

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LAST WORD

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