The hysteria, if we're being honest, was unreasonable. The coverage was overwhelming. The way Colorado has been dissected since Deion "Prime" Sanders was hired—
and the many immediate evolutions that followed—seemed completely and utterly nonsensical.
He made a splash with his arrival, and the noise followed. He overturned the starting roster on both sides of the ball in a matter of months,
doing so with incredible confidence and bravado that was not always received well.
He did it in a way only he could, and truth be told, we never quite believed him. Well, not everyone. It was all too much and too soon. Only it wasn't. After Saturday, that much is certain.
Despite all that was written and said about Sanders and his new arrivals, it turns out it wasn't enough.
Colorado is here, and Sanders' impact after only one Saturday is hard to process in the immediate aftermath of one of the wildest Week 1 games in recent memory.
The score tells a story: Colorado conquered TCU 45-42 as a three-touchdown underdog, prevailing in a back-and-forth game that came down to the final drive.
The Buffaloes defense made a stop with time dwindling in the fourth quarter, something rarely uttered throughout the game.
All told, the two teams combined for 1,106 yards of offense and 57 first downs.
Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion's son who transferred from Jackson State when his father took the job, accounted for nearly half the production.
The 21-year-old passed for 510 yards in his Power Five debut, silencing any notion that he might struggle with a new team and increased competition.
"Shedeur? From the HBCU? The one you asked me why I gave him the starting job? I got receipts," Deion said in the postgame press conference following the win.