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Thursday CU Buff Bites - Buffaloes Have The Least Returning Experience In College Football

Greg Henderson is one of a number of true freshman that got extensive playing time last season. Expect plenty more of that this year.
Greg Henderson is one of a number of true freshman that got extensive playing time last season. Expect plenty more of that this year.

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Colorado_medium Colorado Buffaloes football ranked dead last in NCAA for experience - That's right, out of all 124 FBS college football teams, Colorado heads into this season with less experience returning than ANY OTHER TEAM. That hopefully foretells good things for the future, but it's going to be pretty damn scary this year.

Which brings us to this interesting chart care of veteran college football writer Phil Steele. In it, Steele attempts to rank each of the 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams by experience. His numbers are based on how many classes are represented in a team’s starting lineup and two-deep roster, and on the numbers of returning letterman and their stats. Jon Embree’s CU team is ranked dead last on the experience list.

CU came in 124th out of 124 teams as the youngest, greenest team in college football.

Colorado_medium CU Buffs receive high marks in APR - Buffzone

Half of the school's 16 athletic programs reported perfect APR scores for the 2010-11 school year Wednesday when the NCAA released its annual report, and all 16 programs are in good standing. In addition, APR rates at CU are the highest in school history for the second consecutive year.

Colorado_medium Ranking Pac-12 football facilities - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

7. Colorado: Great stadium and solid overall facilities. Still, things are a bit cramped and the Buffs could use an indoor facility.

Mike Leach Tells Matthew McConaughey To Swing His Sword On Wedding Night - From Our Editors - - Dang. I should have invited Leach to my wedding.

Lots of easy schedule talk after the jump!

College Football Playoffs: Home Games Reportedly Nixed - - We have a 4-team playoff! Well, almost. The Presidents just have sign on the dotted line...

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs Tad Boyle, Jon Embree would like to see APR changes - Buffzone

"What I'm interested in is graduating the kids who matriculate through our program, the ones who are tough enough to stick through it and fight through the tough times, which there are going to be no matter what sport you play. If you fight through those tough times and you get to your senior year and you're not graduating, then I think the coach should be held responsible and I think there should be penalties in place for that. But I don't think there should be penalties in place for kids getting homesick or at the first sign of adversity, kids deciding they want to leave."

Colorado_mediumMen's basketball: Shannon Sharpe transferring to Cal Poly Pomona - Buffzone - Good luck to Shannon. - More on recent CU commit Elijah Dunston ($)

"Elijah is a big receiver at almost 6-foot-2, 180-pounds and he is not just a track speed guy, he has good athleticism," said West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade head coach Ed Croson. "He ran a 47.3-second split in the 4x4 this year and ran the 100-meter dash in 11.0-seconds so he does have the speed and is a deep threat but he can do all the other stuff, too. He had a really good year last year and continues to get better.

"Our running back (Terrell Newby) is getting recruited by Nebraska and as soon as the Nebraska coaches heard Elijah committed to CU, they said, 'shoot, we like him, too,'" said Croson. "There were a lot of other schools on him. Oregon State was close [to offering]. I think Washington was close.

Colorado_mediumTop 10: The easiest non-conference schedules of 2012 -

4. Colorado: After a 3-10 debut season for Jon Embree, the Buffs hope to build some momentum with three very reasonable non-conference games out of the gate: Against Colorado State (3-9 last season); against FCS Sac State (4-7 last season) and then at Fresno State (4-9 last season).

Colorado_mediumCollege football: Ranking the nonconference schedules | - Shut up, Berry.

61. Colorado: Colorado State at Denver, Sacramento State, at Fresno State. Remember when the Buffs played a big-time schedule? Remember when the Buffs were good?

Colorado_mediumStrongest position group: Colorado - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Strongest position group: Linebacker Headliner: Jon Major (85 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks) Supporting cast: Doug Rippy (62/5/3); Derrick Webb (54, 4 TFL); Brady Daigh (18 tackles)

Go Buffs!