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?

Snoop Dog is watching a Colorado football game; what a time to be alive (NSFW)

He’s not alone

The luggage line keeps getting mileage

Skip liked CU’s opening possession

ESPN’s Chris Fowler was impressed

Expectations for CU were low…

… but few expected CU to look as clean as it did


Buyer’s remorse from TCU?

A former USC player

All the pros were tuned in