http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/67980/season-review-colorado-2 Overall: Colorado feels like a bad student who had been cutting classes and not trying for a number of years suddenly deciding to put in the necessary work in order to make a run at matriculating. That sort of student doesn't go straight from Fs to As. Improvement is a process. Last year, the Buffs lost Pac-12 games by an average of 30.7 points. This year, that number was down to 23.9. Probably not much comfort for long-suffering fans, but decidedly better. In 2012, the Buffs lost to little brother state rival Colorado State. This year, they beat the Rams. Last year, the Buffs lost to an FCS team. This year, they didn't. And there was no game as humiliating as the 69-14 whipping they suffered at Fresno State in 2012. Sure, the conference record was again 1-8. But the Pac-12 was as deep as it's ever been, and 1-8 is about what the preseason expectations was. What happened this year, however, suggests a long-struggling program on an uptick. In other words, there are grounds to believe next year at this time this grade will be on a tougher scale because the Buffaloes will begin to doff the title of conference patsy. Grade: C.