1. COLORADO WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The Buffs need to get their mojo back.
The brutally ugly seven-game losing streak after starting 5-0 was all about confidence. The schedule wasn’t that brutal, and the team didn’t play all that bad in parts. But the offense fell off the map over the final few weeks, and the defense followed closely behind.
Every new coaching staff says it wants to create a culture change, but that’s really what was needed after last year.
Mel Tucker and his staff will change up the energy, but the defensive parts aren’t quite there with just enough holes to be annoying. As long as the D can start taking the ball away and hold serve, the O should be able to do the rest.
The offensive line will be just a wee bit better, and that should be enough for the skill stars to blow up in a much, much stronger season.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
The schedule, though, isn’t going to be all that easy considering playtime in the Pac-12 might be over.
Yes, six of the first nine games are against teams that didn’t go bowling, but UCLA isn’t going to stink again, and neither will USC. Nebraska is on the slate and should be a whole lot stronger, and even Colorado State and Air Force should be improved.
The Buffs will have games and moments where they just don’t have it – watch out for the the road trips to Oregon and Washington State – but they’ll pull off at least one big upset, win a key home game to slip to six wins. It’s going to be a fight to get there, but they’ll go bowling.