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TSchekler

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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.
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.

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.
 

ahoelsken

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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.
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.
 

vinniew_11

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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?
 

Duff Man

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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?
Yes.

But dramatic improvements for many players is unlikely. Base talent level only goes so far.
 

BuffNut

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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.
 

married2abuff

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CSU: W
****braska: W
Air Force: W
@ Arizona St: L
Arizona:W
@Oregon:L
@ Washington St: L
USC W
@UCLA L
Stanford W
Washington L
@Utah 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).
 

Duff Man

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CSU: W
****braska: W
Air Force: W
@ Arizona St: L
Arizona:W
@Oregon:L
@ Washington St: L
USC W
@UCLA L
Stanford W
Washington L
@Utah 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).
Looks good to me. As you said, lots of toss-ups.
 

HawaiiBUFF

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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.
6-6 (3-6)
 

WarBuff

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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.
6-6 (3-6)
Would take the projected USC win over Stanford for Upset of the Year title.
 

Daaah

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3-9

CSU: W
****braska: L
Air Force: W
@ Arizona St: L
Arizona:W
@Oregon:L
@ Washington St: L
USC L
@UCLA L
Stanford L
Washington L
@Utah L
 

White_Rabbit

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CSU: W
****braska: W
Air Force: W
@ASU: L
Arizona: W
@Oregon: L
@Wazzu: : L
USC: L
@UCLA: W
Stanford: L
Washington: L
@Utah: W

6-6
 

Buffalewd

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If we go 3-9, Katie bar the door! It will be time for the "Fire RG and everyone else"chants. Don't see us only winning 3 games.
 

SBP

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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.

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.
I totally agree with this. I seem to be the only one who is worried about AFA though
 

manhattanbuf

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Ed Feng has us with 4.2 wins across all of his seasonal simulations.

Danny Sheridan has us as the fifth worst team in the Power 5.

With discipline and good luck with injury avoidance, this is a 6-7 win team. If we don’t get those two things, this could be a 2-3 win team.
 

azbuff

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CSU: W
****braska: L
Air Force: W
@ Arizona St: L
Arizona: W
@Oregon:L
@ Washington St: W
USC W
@UCLA W
Stanford W
Washington W
@Utah L

This is too optimistic, but I think we'll struggle out of the gates and get our asses kicked at Oregon in the Friday night game on a short week. My hope - based on little more than faith in Mel Tucker - is that the next week's road WSU game becomes a turning point for the season and the program. Even though the above shows us reeling off five straight before losing to Utah, we'll lose at least one of those games. In my hopeful world, I can't decide which game it is, but we end up 7-5.

TL/DR: We'll see noticeable improvement throughout the year, but competition gets tougher as well. If we can beat kNU or ASU, 8-4 comes into play, if not anything between 4-8 and 7-5 is realistic.
 

sliderNcider

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Is Air Force supposed to be any good? I feel like were just predicting an automatic win because they are an in-state MWC team. Honest ?
 

Bill Cody

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AFA can beat anyone on their schedule....if the other team isn't prepared to play them. They win with superior execution. We will be more talented then them, but I find it hard to believe that MT won't have his defense prepared to play the option. I see us struggling to stop them consistently, as none of these guys on defense have likely seen an offense like theirs. But I still think we win by 2 TD's
 

married2abuff

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I don't understand the AFA concerns on this board. Yes they run the triple option and it's something we don't normally see, but last year they were 5-7 with only 3 wins in the MWC. Victories over the lammies (27-19), UNM (42-24), UNLV (41-35), Navy (35-7), and Stony Brook (38-0) are not exactly awe-inspiring. The Buffs would have to be really bad to lose this one.
 

leftybuff

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CSU-W, our mutton-busting brethren face an even larger talent gap than last year. CU has taken the last four, the last three of which were not competitive. Blowout.
NU- The red scourge us supposed to be greatly improved. I don't buy it. Still, this will be a tough one. CU.
AFA- Mel knows the triple. He saw GT every year at UGA. Closer than we like but CU win.
ASU- In the sun, away, tough loss, but close. L.
UA- Buffs bounce back at home. CU.
UO- Uncle Phil's child labor sweatshop beneficiaries are too much at home. L.
WSU- CU gets Leach's goat, win in the Palouse. CU.
USC- Still too much talent, condoms win, but it will be close. L.
UCLA- CU goes on the road and upsets the Bruins. CU.
Stanford- The Cardinal is overrated. CU.
UW- The Huskies are not overrated. L.
Utah- A lot of people are high on the Utes, and I am too. They will be good this year, and I fear the Buffs will not have enough to match them at home. L.

7-5, Cheez-It Bowl, or some such thing.

Book it.
 
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