If it weren’t for the Washington State Cougars, and the mess that’s currently unfolding in their program, the C Buffs would be the worst team in the Pac 12 this season.
Yet there’s excitement in Boulder about CU alum Jon Embree taking over the program (noticing a trend here? All but one of the first five in the 77 in 77 are starting over with a new coach) and installing his west coast offense which should be fun to watch and put points on the board.
As for the defense, well…did we mention they have a new coach and offensive system? This is certainly not your older brother’s Colorado Buffaloes. Although their biggest offensive weapon is a guy named Stewart (not Kordell) and again Eric Bienemy will play a major role in the offense.
By Paul M. Banks
2010 was: rather blah and pedestrian at 5-7, the defense was 91st in the nation in points allowed and the pass defense was…oh who are we kidding they hardly even played any pass defense at all, finishing 110/120 in the nation. Doesn’t bode well for the high powered Pac-12 teams they’ll face this season. When you consider they’re losing their top flight corner from last season, performances by the secondary could get uglier than the temperament of South Park, Colorado native Eric Cartman.
BMOCs: 5’6″ RB Rodney Stewart, one of the best backs in the conference, QB Tyler Hansen. But he’s not really listed here because he’s good. He’s listed here because he’s important for the welfare of the team. He did set a school record with 68% passing last season, but he also had just 6 TDs. The safeties will be good and WLB Jon Major is a stud. And could he not be with a name like that? He’s not Jon Minor now is he?
2011 will be fruitful if: Stewart puts this team on his back and runs roughshod week after week. If he has a senior season at least comparable to his junior year, he’ll become the school’s new all-time leading rusher, surpassing current offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy. If their four returning starters on D can figure it out, and if the Buffs get any surprises out of the incoming freshmen, Colorado will pull off a couple upsets.
2011 will be awful if: this team, which largely resembles last year’s team, plays like itself. Cuz now the Buffaloes are without talented, but headcase/non-smooth criminal Jimmy Smith and OT Nate Solder, two of this past draft’s most interesting NFL prospects.
Bottom Line: I don’t really see how they can make a bowl game. Especially considering they have personnel suited for one system, which they are not running. Maybe when Embree gets his own guys in there suited for what they’re doing, things will change.
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