This team underperformed the last two seasons. If the coaching change is the right one, I have to think it will be worth at least another win or two.
I would say that there is a dearth of depth on this team, but this the most talent CU has had at multiple positions in years, maybe outside of 2016. Viska, Mustafa, Landman are All-Pac-12 guys and possibly All-American. Then you have Lynott and Sherman, not to mention Hambright on the OL, another Butkus watch list guy in Davion Taylor, and of course, our “high potential” Senior QB.No I'm the attendance guy. Also I'm not usually a pessimist. I predicted a bowl every season from 2015-18. I'd love for someone to talk me off the ledge.
That's the point I'm trying to make here too-Generally Saban assistants (Sparkles at Florida and Major Applewhite at Houston being the most notable recent exceptions) work out pretty well. Tucker has worked for him three different times, and Smart thought enough of him to bring him to UGA and trust him with the defense. I think we're going to get another win or two because we're going to be much improved at Head Coach (I don't see Mel Tucker trying to take the air out of the football if you give him a lead like the one we had against Oregon State last year like Ole Miss' DC did) and OC (Jay Johnson has called plays at the Power 5 level already-which makes him the most qualified candidate to hold that job since Shawn Watson.......or maybe further back than that). I also think Chris Kaplovic is a ginormous upgrade over Adams. Not sure I'd call him the Mike Munchak of college O-Line coaches, but I'm expecting better play from that group than LY. Sure, Summers might be a bit of a wild card, but I expect Tucker to be heavily involved on that side of the ball and I'd think he'd take over calling the defense himself if he needed to.This team underperformed the last two seasons. If the coaching change is the right one, I have to think it will be worth at least another win or two.
Yes.I do have a question regarding the roster this season. Do those who question the roster take into account players actually improving? It seems like this staff is a better group and maybe can get these guys playing better?
That is a good question, and would typically say they don't. I think you have to take a couple things into comsideration, but hard to think all will happen. 1. Players improve 2. MM seem to favor age over youth so many younger guys may not have been given the proper chance for growth. 3. I think could have better leadership this year as many key guys are becoming upperclassmen. 4. I think the want to win is there and much of the youth with potential are excited for more intense S&C, practices, accountability etc. 5. Hard to think the OL will not improve greatly, and use of a TE will have a solid impact.I do have a question regarding the roster this season. Do those who question the roster take into account players actually improving? It seems like this staff is a better group and maybe can get these guys playing better?
Looks good to me. As you said, lots of toss-ups.CSU: W
Air Force: W
@ Arizona St: L
@ Washington St: L
6-6. Until we show we can win on the road, I'm skeptical. I do think we have a shot at an over-confident USC squad - assuming we're reasonably healthy at the time. There are a lot of toss-ups in here, though (Cougs, ASU, UCLA, Nubs - cough, USC).
Would take the projected USC win over Stanford for Upset of the Year title.How is everyone feeling now that camp has begun? I have seen a few prediction videos on youtube that has us firmly in the 3-9 (1-8) range. I have us at,
CSU W - I think we still have more talent then the Rams. I think things might be a bit shaky with a new staff, but overall Shenault, Landman and Montez come through.
****braska W - I know they are looking for revenge, but I don't believe that they are re-built yet. I think the goal is stopping Martinez.
AF W - I think AF will score. The option is hard to stop, but I think we have enough fire power to score as well.
@ASU L - I think this game is close. ASU lost both Manny & Harry, so I think we will contend. I just don't have faith of us on the road quite yet.
UA W - I don't think they are as good as people believe. I think we win this game in Boulder.
@ORE L - Possible Playoff Contenders. I wish we could pull the upset, but don't see it happening this year in Eugene.
@ WSU L - I just hope we can contain them early. I think it will be close if our secondary stays healthy.
USC W - I think this is our year. Yes, they have high profile recruits, but I believe Helton will be let go after starting the season 1-5, before the Arizona game.
@ UCLA L - I think UCLA squeaks this one out. I believe it will come down to the end, but we don't finish.
Stanford W - Upset of the year for the Buffs.
Washington L - I think we keep it close for potential another upset, but can't get it done this year.
@ Utah L - This is their year for the PAC-12 Title.
I totally agree with this. I seem to be the only one who is worried about AFA thoughI would say that there is a dearth of depth on this team, but this the most talent CU has had at multiple positions in years, maybe outside of 2016. Viska, Mustafa, Landman are All-Pac-12 guys and possibly All-American. Then you have Lynott and Sherman, not to mention Hambright on the OL, another Butkus watch list guy in Davion Taylor, and of course, our “high potential” Senior QB.
There are serious question marks in the Secondary, at RB, and a few OL/DL positions, but I also see a few guys at each of those positions who have the potential to be pretty good (Lang, Miller, Abrams, Onu, Roddick/Ray).
If coaching is much improved, namely playcalling/OC, and injuries don’t hit hard, I think this is a 7 win team at the very least with potential for more.