The Colorado Buffaloes didn’t open 2017 with the best game they’ve ever played, but they were good enough to beat a promising Colorado State team. After their Rocky Mountain Showdown victory, the Buffs come in at 27th in the Coaches Poll and 29th in the AP Poll.
The Buffs opened the (pre-)season 27th in the Coaches Poll and 35th in the AP Poll. We’re a bit surprised they didn’t move up more in the former, but we’ve known since 1990 that the Coaches Poll shouldn’t be trusted. With the AP Poll, it’s great to see the press — by far the wisest, most intelligent, most perfect people in the world — recognize the Buffs as a quality team.
Assuming Colorado takes care of business the next two weeks against Texas State and Northern Colorado, the Buffs should be ranked by the time they host #7 Washington in their Pac-12 opener in Week 4. As is customary in the opening weeks of college football, we will soon find out that some teams currently in the Top 25 are garbage and they will drop out in due time. The Texas Longhorns proved that last week.
Of the teams currently in the Top 25, we’ll likely see a loss from at least one of #20 Washington State (@ Boise State), #21 South Florida (@ UConn), #23 TCU (@ Arkansas), #24 Notre Dame (vs. Georgia) and #15 Georgia (@ Notre Dame). Also Utah (@ BYU). There should be a spot or two (or more) open for the Buffs to hop in.
Let’s just hope the Buffs don’t overlook Texas State as they prepare for their all-important Week 3 matchup with Northern Colorado.