Arizona has to replace the two most-important positions in their scheme with no experience and questionable talent, the Sun Devils have to replace their entire starting defense and earned a lot of cushion with their South championship last season, the Buffaloes are still simply in the mode where five wins would be a success and Utah is similar, just replace the number five with six and a bowl.
Nov. 1 at Colorado: WIN The Buffaloes struggled in terms of defense last season, finishing second to last in the Pac-12 in total defense. They were the worst in the conference at defending the run, so if Washington can convert either Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper or Dwayne Washington into a consistent runner in place of Sankey, the Huskies will be able to use their legs to defeat Colorado.
11. Colorado: The Buffaloes should take another step forward in Year 2 under Mike MacIntyre, but the real issue is whom can they crawl over to rise in the conference pecking order? With about six or seven projected senior starters this fall, the Buffs might not make a move up until 2015.
The Colorado Buffaloes made a late addition to their 2014 football recruiting class over the weekend. It was announced on Monday that Valor Christian senior offensive lineman Isaiah Holland signed a financial aid agreement to attend the university.
6. Colorado. The Buffs came into the Pac-12 in 2011 at a bigger deficit than most of us imagined, and coach Mike MacIntyre is about the task of gaining some sort of equilibrium in an unforgiving league. Sefo Liufau of Tacoma is the QB, but he could get an argument from redshirted backup Jordan Gehrke if the Buffs see value in his mobility. The offensive line functioned fairly well in the spring, and CU could feature a big-back offense with George Frazier and Christian Powell. On defense, LB Addison Gillam is a good block to build around. It’s getting better in Boulder, and the second year of the MacIntyre regime should begin to show advancement. Anything other than the cellar would represent a breakthrough.
Colorado Turnovers committed: 24 Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 18 of 24 (75 percent) Total points allowed after turnovers: 107 Games without committing at least one turnover: 2 Games without allowing points after turnovers: 1
Colorado - DE Derek McCartney (redshirt) Bill McCartney's grandson is making a quick impact after redshirting as he impressed during spring practice and has a good shot at starting at defensive end in 2014. The Buffs have been weak up front in recent seasons, but McCartney could bring some strength to the position and quickly develop into a stalwart on the edge.
What Richardson does best is easy to see; get deep. The former Colorado star is an absolute burner. He’s very similar to a Mike Wallace type of speed receiver. Even when he isn’t making plays, his presence will always dictate match-ups and how defenses line up. For that reason, he might have a tactical value for the Seahawks.
22 catches. 424 yards, two touchdowns. For some players, that's a season. Some -- and I dare say most -- players are also not Paul Richardson, a 6'1, 170 pound terror who reached those numbers in just a little over 120 minutes of play against Cal. The Bears were fortunate to limit the damage to just 424 yards, missing a third meeting with Richardson only because they did not have Colorado scheduled in 2012.
The Los Angeles product knows that he can play at three positions in the NBA. He believes in his ability as a team leader at point guard. He’s willing to develop his game around whatever the team that drafts him needs.
Dinwiddie is an intriguing 2-guard who played college ball in the Nuggets’ backyard. Although last season ended early for Dinwiddie when he went down with a torn ACL, he managed to impress a lot of scouts in the games in which he did appear. At 6′ 6″ and 205 pounds, he’s a big guard who has the size to excel in the NBA.
If you're looking for a guy next to MCW who can shoot, run, take over point guard duties on occasion, defend his position, order late night calzones while watching Notting Hill and pause it to calculate a generous tip for the delivery guy, Spencer Dinwiddie is your guy. He is my guy. Because of the ACL, Hinkie won't have to roll the dice on him at 10. DX has him going 38th at the moment. As a late first or potentially with one of those early seconds, Dinwiddie would make a fine champion.
The Buffs are guaranteed at least three games in event that begins with the first round Nov. 14-15. The second round is slated for Nov. 16-17, while semifinals will be Nov. 19-20. The championship game will be Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. on CBS Sports. Also competing in the Preseason WNIT are: Albany, Arkansas state, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.