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Friday Buff Bites - Dismissing Preseason Predictions

Recapping the day's Buffs and college football news. 

Colorado_medium CU Buffs look to sack critics - Boulder Daily Camera - The team isn't oblivious, they know where the media and fans of other schools think they're going to finish. But luckily for us, preseason predictions mean absolutely nothing...

"I think people are thinking the worst and they don't really know what we have," senior quarterback Tyler Hansen said. "We have a big group of seniors, a lot of returning starters coming back, we've been real close to being bowl eligible the last couple years. So I feel like we're going to surprise people. "We have a lot of playmakers on offense. Tyler Hansen during day 2 of Spring practice. Our line is great. Defensively, our line is pretty good and we've got to clean some stuff up in the secondary. And once we do that and figure out our special teams situation in camp, I think we're a solid team."

Colorado_medium Biggins looks at committed Elite-11 QBs - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif./Christian) College: Colorado Dillon's decision to commit to the Buffs was a mild surprise because he had Ohio State as his leader for over a year. The Buckeyes had offered Dillon after he camped in Columbus prior to his junior season and looked to be in a good place, but worries of potential sanctions along with a great unofficial visit to Boulder sealed the deal for Colorado.

Colorado_medium Bohn embraces tough gridiron slate - Buffzone - Mike Bohn recognizes the difficulty of the schedule he has put together this year and he expects things to lighten up a bit over the next few seasons. Bohn also said he hopes to schedule Nebraska in the near future. Expect the non-conference schedules through 2017 to be announced by September.

Colorado_medium Here Comes Colorado; Can They Climb The Ladder In The Pac-12 South? - Building The Dam - Building The Dam, SBN's Oregon State (the one Pac-12 team the Buffs don't play this year) blog previews the Buffs.

Colorado_medium Preseason position reviews: Safety - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Colorado: Cornerback is a far bigger concern, but the Buffaloes had two NFL corners last season and they were terrible against the pass. That said, junior Ray Polk and senior Anthony Perkins, who's knee injury is often cited as a big reason the pass D stunk, are experienced and have skills, while Terrell Smith and Travis Sandersfeld have seen action. 

Colorado_medium 2011 USC opponent preview: Colorado - USC - The Orange County Register - The Orange County Register preview the Buffs as a part of of their USC opponent preview series.

Colorado_medium Talking Aggies, SEC, irreplaceable players - Big 12 Blog - ESPN - Love you too, David...

Aaron in Lincoln, Neb., asked: Dave, have you played NCAA 12 yet? I know you already put Nebraska back in the Big XII since you miss us so much. DU: Yes and yes. (Left out the Buffs, though.) 11-team conferences, they work!  

A look around the Pac-12...

Colorado_pac-12 Pac-12 football: Projections for the 2011 league race | College Hotline - More Pac-12 predictions, more Colorado at the bottom of the South. Who's ready to shock some people?

Colorado_pac-12 Pac-12 TV Network: Assessing the options, predicting the outcome | College Hotline - Some predictions on the Pac-12 network from Jon Wilner.

Colorado_pac-12 Who has the best group of big uglies of the Pac 12? - UW Dawg Pound

Colorado...Colorado is surprisingly solid across the offensive line. The Buff's return three starters led by Ryan Miller and Ethan Adkins who will be among the best guards in the conference. David Bakhtiari has started eleven games for the Buffalo's and Blake Behrens is a former starter. There is plenty of young depth behind these guys so Jon Embree is getting a bit of a gift and head start by inheriting this unit. Embree was able to steal a couple coveted lineman from UW at the last minute last season which foreshadows future recruiting success.

Colorado_pac-12 Who has the best group of receivers in the Pac 12? - UW Dawg Pound - Paul Richardson is going to surprise in the Pac-12

Colorado - Paul Richardson and Toney Clemons are a dependable duo but the depth behind them needs to step up if the if the Buff's intend to compete in the Pac 12 this season.

Colorado_pac-12 A more detailed look at CU's new uniforms | All Things Colorado Sports — The Denver Post - A bit more on CU's 2011 uniforms. Really nothing that we haven't already discussed though.

Colorado_pac-12 How Will The Traveling Roadshow Affect The Home Court-Less Bruins? - Bruins Nation - UCLA hits the road in 2011-2012 with Pauley Pavilion under renovation so how much of a difference does home court really make?