CollegeFootballNews.com released their 2011 Spring Preview Rankings of all the FBS schools. This is how they think the final rankings will end up.
78. Colorado State 7-5
The Spring Call: The Rams will still be struggling to breathe against the teams with a pulse, but they’ll get just enough easy games to come up with a winning regular season. When the best win of your season will be at UNLV, you know the schedule is light and bouncy.
82. Colorado 4-9
The Spring Call: The Buffs will be pumped up for its Pac-12 debut against California, and then it’ll be uh-oh time. The secondary won’t handle Hawaii’s passing game in the season opener, going to Ohio State won’t be a plus, and then conference play gets really, really rough. If the Buffs win three Pac-12 games, consider it a success.
But why in the **** would they pick CSU? They're terrible.
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As much as I'd like to believe Embree will deliver a winning season in year one, I'm not counting on it.
He's got the passion and will to win. But it's not proven that he has the capacity...yet. As much as I hate to admit it, 4-9 doesn't shock me given this schedule. It sucks, but it's realistic.
If we played CSU's schedule, however, I'm confident CU could do better than 7-5.
This makes sense. CSU has a joke schedule this season
"Right now Alec Burks is using and abusing this Texas defense"
I can see this if we lose to Hawai'i. But if we start the season with a road win against a game opponent, it will mean good things.
Hawai'i = huge Brick game
A few other big question marks are 1) special teams play, 2) Depth at WR, and 3) what kind of game day coach JE turns out to be.
I'm hopeful that the OLine and running game are able to fire on all cylinders, and that Hansen will be a servicable QB.
A middle of the road team can't afford to be awful on special teams. Let's face facts - CU is a middle of the road team with abyssmal special teams. That's a lethal combination.