Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Colorado Buffaloes season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Colorado Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 5-7 overall, 2-7 in Pac-12
Head Coach: Mel Tucker, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COLORADO OFFENSE
– The offense has more than enough good parts to find its groove again. It was rocking and rolling early on, and then came the power outage in Pac-12 play, scoring 21 points or fewer in five the last seven games. In comes new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson after spending the last few years on the Georgia staff. The offense will be balanced, but the passing game should be too good not to rely on early and often.
– Steven Montez has the talent to grow into a good pro prospect. He has to be more consistent, he has to maintain and even keel, and he has to be the veteran leader with several big-time receiving weapons to be far, far more explosive.
It’s no coincidence that the O slowed once Laviska Shenault went down with an injury. If he can stay in one piece, he’s the best receiver in college football – but he’s not alone. KD Nixon and Tony Brown are dangers deep threats, too, but …
– The offensive line has to give Montez time to work. The Buffs get four starters back up front, but they were way too leaky in pass protection, and allowed a whopping 104 tackles for loss. The attitude has to be there from the start for a running game and a group of backs coached by Buff legend Darian Hagan.
Top freshman Jaren Mangham looked like a keeper in spring ball, and he’ll get plenty of work with 1,009-yard back Travon McMillian gone from a backfield that’s now very, very thin and inexperienced.