6. Colorado (6): Mike MacIntyre’s first year rebuilding San Jose State was a rough one, and I expect the same to be true in Boulder. The Buffs will be better than they were last year in numerous areas (conditioning and preparation, to name two), but that might not translate to more wins.
Colorado: Sept. 21 (before visit to Oregon State) and Oct. 19 (before visit from Arizona) Skinny: The first off week comes after the nonconference schedule, at which point the Buffaloes will be hoping for at least a 2-1 start heading into the Pac-12 slate -- a brutal three-game stretch of a visit to Oregon State, Oregon and a trip to Arizona State. This feels like good timing, but the odds seem long that an extra week of practice will produce a performance that can win in Corvallis. The second bye comes after that aforementioned stretch and precedes six consecutive weekends of play. An extra week before a visit from Arizona passes the smell test as an upset opportunity. Grade: A-. The perfect scenario would be for the Buffs to get byes before playing games against second-tier conference teams, whom they have the best chance to defeat. That extra time and rest could help produce an upset. They get only one of those here, but this is about as good a bye setup as a coach should hope for.
Colorado Pretty much the end of September through early November is going to be a Ralphie-sized run through the wringer. At Oregon State (Sept. 28), home to Oregon (Oct. 5) at Arizona State (Oct. 12) home to Arizona (Oct. 26) and back-to-back road games at UCLA (Nov. 2) and Washington (Nov. 9). There is a bye week right in the middle to break up the six games. But that's still six straight games against potentially six top-25 teams. We're expecting the first three -- OSU, Oregon, ASU -- to be ranked, and there's a good chance UCLA and Washington will be top-25 teams as well. Arizona might flirt with the rankings -- as it did last season -- if the defense is better and the quarterback spot gets figured out. Welcome to the Pac, Mac.
Jordan Gehrke, Colorado QB recruit, overcame death of HS coach - Yes, we signed a new QB. No, I don't want to talk about it. Nonetheless, this is worth a read.
Jay MacIntyre plays quarterback and defensive back in high school. Mike MacIntyre said there are no circumstances under which his son would join the CU program as a quarterback. He says that decision has nothing to do with recent history in Boulder in which Cody Hawkins played quarterback under his father, Dan Hawkins. First and foremost, Mike MacIntyre says his son probably isn't a Pac-12 quarterback because he's only 5-foot-101/2. But he said bringing his son into the program at quarterback would place both father and son under far too much pressure simply because of the nature of the position and how much attention quarterbacks receive.
8. Christian Powell, Colorado A glimmer of hope in Colorado’s otherwise bleak 2012 was the breakout performance of freshman running back Christian Powell. Powell cracked the conference’s top 10 in rushing last season, accruing 691 yards with seven touchdowns. Powell is a big, powerful back at 6-foot, nearly 240 pounds. His size gives new head coach Mike MacIntyre to use smaller, shiftier Tony Jones in a true change-of-pace fashion.
With preseason camp still more than two months away, here's my stab at CU's 10 most important players: • QB Connor Wood — The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior and former University of Texas transfer hasn't been "the guy" since his senior year of high school four years ago. It's now or never for him to take the starting role and be the team's unquestioned leader.
10. Colorado Buffaloes Good news: Colorado returns for of its five starters from a season ago. Bad news: David Bakhtiari left early for the NFL, accounting for the one departure. Bakhtiari was the best blocker the Buffs had up front. Even worse news: the best blocker from a line that allowed 50 sacks, ranked No. 109 in rushing offense with only 3.1 yards per carry on average and the No. 96 passing offense. There are two talented Buffs back, though, in Alex Lewis and Daniel Munyer.
Men's basketball: Tad Boyle shuffle CU Buffs staff titles - Buffzone - Just another reminder of how lucky we are to have Tad. Other assisstant coaches notice this kind of stuff...
On Thursday, Boyle announced new titles for assistant coaches Jean Prioleau and Mike Rohn, in hopes that the titles will help them land head coaching jobs down the road. Prioleau has been named the associate head coach and Rohn is officially CU's recruiting coordinator. "Both coach Prioleau and coach Rohn are guys that have not had an opportunity to be a head coach yet (at the Division I level) and, in my opinion, they deserve that opportunity," Boyle said. "If these titles can help them in that regard, I want to recognize them. That's my small way of doing that."
Kyle Ringo Blog: Kansas looking like unlikely win for CU Buffs basketball again - Buffzone - One true freshman, no matter how good he may be projected to be, does not make this an unlikely win at home, Kyle.
Biggest Loser: Colorado I'll be the first to admit that I was disappointed with Andre Roberson's lack of growth after a stunning sophomore season. But outsized expectations shouldn't overshadow how important he was to Colorado's success last year. He was simply one of the best rebounders and interior defenders the conference had to offer. Even with Roberson, Colorado struggled to score. Take him away, and I suspect you will still have a team that struggles to score, except they won't have somebody to lock down the paint on defense or earn extra possessions on offense.
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com has Roberson going to the Portland Trailblazers with the 40th pick. www.NBADraft.net has Roberson going 42nd overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. Draft Express has Roberson going undrafted in its mock draft. Among it's top 100 pro prospects, it has Roberson at No. 67.
Nonetheless, it’s something that Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn needs to make happen. There are some serious hurdles to clear, from facilities to budgeting to branding, but the Buffs deserve a team. And, as I’ve made abundantly clear, the Pac-12 deserves a conference championship in baseball. At this point, Colorado only sponsors six men’s varsity sports–football, basketball, golf, track, cross country and skiing. Compare that list to the nine women’s sports CU competes in, and it’s clear there’s room for growth well within the Title IX gender requirements. There’s one speed bump cleared already! What else could possibly be holding it up?