Colorado Buffaloes 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Colorado Buffaloes 2016 Preview
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The Colorado Buffaloes have won no more than four games the last five seasons and coach Mike MacIntyre is on the hot seat. In an improved Pac-12 expectations can’t be crazy, but we’re talking about about a school that hasn’t made a bowl appearance since 2007.
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Here is your Colorado Buffaloes 2016 college football preview.
Offense: Colorado gets a big boost offensively with the return of quarterback Sefo Liufau, who had a serious foot injury last year. When healthy, Liufau is a playmaker who has 49 career passing touchdowns and 439 rushing yards. The Buffaloes also have an experienced offensive line, especially with the return of left tackle Jeromy Irwin. Colorado is very deep at running back with Phillip Lindsay and others returning, but all the hype is surrounding Beau Bisharat, who was the biggest commit for the school's recent memory. At wide receiver, Shay Fields and Devin Ross should get expanded roles, while JUCO transfer Kabion Ento adds a boost.
Defense: Colorado's defense ranked seventh last year in the Pac-12 and should be even better with majority of the players returning. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is one of the more underrated defensive players in the entire country and makes plays all over the field. Jimmie Gilbert and Derek McCartney is a defensive line duo that produced 11 sacks last season, and they’ll get a boost with the return of Josh Tupou who was suspended last season. Tedric Thompson is a senior safety getting attention from the NFL and has six interceptions the last two seasons. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has a lot of talent to work with on this side of the ball and there’s no reason why Colorado can’t have a top-50 defense this season.
Special Teams: Alex Kinney returns at punter after averaging 40.1 yards on 66 attempts. Diego Gonzalez returns at kicker after making 18 of 29 field goals and all 35 extra point attempts.
Outlook: Colorado has the talent on both sides of the ball to push for six wins this season, especially if QB Liufau can return to form. The Buffaloes defense should be drastically improved and there’s playmakers offensively for this them to take the next step. Colorado is a team I’ll keep an eye on this season, as there’s potential here and chances to make some money. Bottom line is the Buffaloes should push for a bowl game.
|9/17/2016||at Michigan||Ann Arbor|
|10/8/2016||at Southern California||Los Angeles|
|10/22/2016||at Stanford||Palo Alto|
|12/3/2016||Pac-12 Championship Game|