Deion Sanders has Snoop Dogg, rest of country captivated as Colorado opens strong against TCU
Deion Sanders has everyone watching Colorado football.
Even Snoop Dogg.
If nothing else, Sanders has made Colorado football an attraction. Twelve months removed from a 1-11 campaign that featured some of the worst football played in the FBS, that’s no small feat for “Coach Prime.” But Colorado opened the 2023 campaign in a way few expected — well.
The Buffs went to Fort Worth, Texas, to battle a No. 17 TCU team that’s coming off a run to the national championship game last season. The Horned Frogs entered as a 20.5-point favorite. Colorado punched TCU off the field after three plays to open the game and then marched down for a 13-play, 73-yard scoring drive on its first possession to open up a 7-0 lead.
CU did not trail at any point in the first half. In fact, the Buffs had the Horned Frogs on the back foot for most of the half. Sanders’ up-tempo offense operated smoothly. The offensive line protected quarterback Shedeur Sanders well, and Sanders played mistake-free in his debut at the Power Five level.
But a late fumble from tailback Dylan Edwards gave TCU great field position right before the halftime break, setting the offense up at the CU 22-yard-line. TCU was able to capitalize on the mistake four plays later and tie the game at 14-14 with 1:53 to play.
Colorado executed its two-minute offense well on the final possession of the first half and got itself into field goal range. Jace Feely banged through a 49-yard field goal as time expired to give CU a 17-14 lead at the break.
That had everyone talking. Here’s some of the social media reaction to Sanders’ debut:
Have you heard about the new CU head coach?
wait Deion Sanders is coaching Colorado
why didn’t someone say something
— Faux Pelini (@FauxPelini) September 2, 2023
Snoop Dog is watching a Colorado football game; what a time to be alive (NSFW)
Snoop Dogg’s commentary watching Deion Sanders and Colorado is top tier 😂 pic.twitter.com/Mf3schFFBA
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 2, 2023
He’s not alone
Say what you want about Deion Sanders, but I’m so jacked up to watch this team play.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 2, 2023
The luggage line keeps getting mileage
Deion bringing his luggage to Colorado pic.twitter.com/2Fyl85BK3Y
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 2, 2023
Skip liked CU’s opening possession
COACH PRIME'S BUFFS TAKE THE OPENING KICKOFF ON FOX 73 YARDS IN 12 PLAYS TO TAKE A 7-0 LEAD AT TCU! THEY'RE A 20.5 POINT UNDERDOG! As I've always said, Deion Sanders is one man I never bet against.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 2, 2023
ESPN’s Chris Fowler was impressed
Um. I could not have envisioned @CUBuffsFootball start to Coach Prime era like this: Force 3/out. then drive efficiently for a TD at TCU. Superb plan, Execution off the charts. I KNOW IT IS VERY EARLY! but wow, this is different.
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 2, 2023
Expectations for CU were low…
Coach Prime has these boys ready!
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2023
… but few expected CU to look as clean as it did
very underrated thing right now: TCU has committed 6 penalties, Colorado has committed none. Colorado’s playing clean and disciplined football right now
— carlos: a pac-12 mourner (@equitybruin) September 2, 2023
I'm not ready to declare that Colorado is even a decent team. They are, however, fun.
— Zachary Neel (@zacharycneel) September 2, 2023
Buyer’s remorse from TCU?
— Message Board Geniuses (@BoardGeniuses) September 2, 2023
A former USC player
Go crazy Colorado!!! All the Deion haters sick to they stomach right now. Even if they lose I’m glad they came out socking TCU in the mouth. Can’t stand the blatant jealousy and hate Prime receives for doing his job HIS WAY. I hope Colorado can pull this one off to shut folks up!
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) September 2, 2023
Colorado was an unwatchable program a year ago. Now 70% of the people watching are only tuned in hoping to see The Buffs lose 😂 that’s an ugly emotion. Call it the Mayweather effect. Tune into see em win , tune in to see em lose… Either way, YOU’RE WATCHING! #PrimeEffect
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) September 2, 2023
All the pros were tuned in
Let’s go we up watching @DeionSanders
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) September 2, 2023
Colorado looking sharp!
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) September 2, 2023
Nothing like waking up on the weekend and watching a big game!! Let’s go Coach Prime!!! Colorado vs TCU 🏈
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 2, 2023
I’m so happy football is back!
Nothing like college football!
It’s go BUFFS today & Go NOLES tomorrow btw! I’m riding with both teams all year! Travis Hunter or Jordan Travis for Heisman! 🤟🏾
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) September 2, 2023
LIKE I SAID PRIME GOT THEM BOYS LOOKING GOOD
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 2, 2023
Hey PrimeTime @DeionSanders good luck to you and the Buffaloes today. A fan Mr October
— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) September 2, 2023
Worse case scenario for TCU. Momentum in College Football is king and CU is rolling! Confidence through the roof! @DeionSanders inspiring these men!
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 2, 2023