Colorado was given clearance Monday by university police to use its practice fields, but the normal route was flooded and players had to find a new way to practice, the team's first in three days.
Ten players have been forced out of their apartments because of flooding, structural issues or lack of water or power. Several players served lunch to first responders and displaced families after Saturday's game against Fresno State was postponed.
Trying to reschedule the game against the Bulldogs is next to impossible. All options are being discussed, including the team playing only 11 games. Colorado has a bye this week, creating a three-week hole in the schedule. The next game is Sept. 28 at Oregon State. Fresno State has a bye on Nov. 16, but Colorado plays host to California that day.
One option is for the Buffaloes to play a second Division I-AA opponent on Oct. 19 — the team's second bye week. (Fresno plays Nevada Las Vegas that day.) However, Colorado already has played I-AA Central Arkansas and NCAA rules would not allow a second victory over a I-AA team to count toward the six needed for bowl eligibilty. Athletic director Rick George said he might ask the NCAA for a waiver.
As for Boulder, more rain is forecast. The city's average yearly precipitation (rain and melted frozen precipitation) is 20.68 inches. In 1995, Boulder received a 29.93 inches but the city already has a new record of 30.12 inches and there's three and half months left in the year.
More than half of the precipitation fell since Sept. 9, including 9.08 inches last Thursday.