Colorado Buffaloes College Football Preview
The Colorado Buffaloes enter the 2017 NCAA Football Season with one goal on mind. That goal is to build on an impressive 8-1 campaign last year while making a statement to be one of the four playoff teams during 2017. As the opened up the season with a key win against Colorado State, we had question marks for this team as well as many of the experts who make football picks each week.
Now after the story book ten-win season, Mike Macintyre will look to continue that success. That test will not be easy as the team will turn to a new starter behind center after losing their four-year starter Sefo Liufau. Meanwhile the losses continue on the other side of the football as well. Those loses have experts shying away from them as they make their football picks for the 2017 College Football season.
Nine of Macintyre’s starting defense are all gone as the 2017 NCAA Football Season gets started. For me that might be the biggest question mark entering the season for a team that ranked in the top 20 last season on defense. Will the Buffaloes be the surprise team to repeat in 2017 or will be they struggle to stay atop the Pac-12 South as other teams look to claim the spot.
Here is our 2017 Colorado Buffaloes College Football Preview.
Colorado Buffaloes Offense Preview
If we told you that any team in the country would be moving on from a four-year starter behind center the concerns would come fast. Luckily for the Buffaloes this season the team returns nine of their eleven starters from last season giving everyone a lot of hope as the season approaches.
One of those two new starters will be sophomore quarterback Steven Montez who has the task of replacing Liufau. While Montez takes over full time this season he was solid last season while Liufau was injured. In just 140 passes, Montez found the end zone on nine passes. If Montez can find his consistency while not rushing to throw to fast he could be a big time play maker behind center.
Helping Montez out on offense will be the teams dual threat weapon Phillip Lindsay who was as good as any running back in the country last year. Lindsay who will be playing his final season, rushed for 1,252 yards last season while averaging over five yard a carry to go with 16 rushing touchdowns. The production didn’t stop there as he added 53 catches for 493 yards in the teams passing attack.
The depth continues at both wide receiver and on the offensive line as they are led by a slew of talent including Shay Fields (led the team in receiving yards), Jeromy Irwin and Tim Lnott who protect the outsides on the offensive line. Along with Fields the team’s other two leading receivers Bryce Bobo and Jay Macintyre return in 2017 as well.
One player to watch who is trying to make it back to 100% is Juwann Winfree at wide receiver. The Buffaloes will also turn to four-star wide receiver KD Nixon to be a threat in 2017.
Can the experience pay off for the Buffaloes on offense in 2017?
Colorado Buffaloes Defense Preview
The Buffaloes enter the 2017 NCAA Football season with concerns on the defensive side of the ball after losing a ton of talent. That talent includes defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt who left to join the Oregon Ducks. The losses don’t stop they’re as well as the team losses eight of their eleven starters from that talented 2016 defensive group.
The Buffaloes will need their key starters from last season to not only help carry the defense but also to help mold the new crop of defensive players. Those three players are safety Afolabi Laguda, Ryan Moeller and Rick Gamboa. While those three were key starters from a year ago the Buffaloes do have some depth as the team moved players around last season.
Possible the biggest weakness of tis team will come in their secondary after losing a ton of star player from last season. The Buffaloes will turn to Moeller and Laguda to anchor down the group at safety. Meanwhile the team will turn to Isaiah Oliver at cornerback who has experience but not as a true starter at the position.
Overall the success of the Buffaloes will come down to how well they come together on the defensive side of the ball.
Colorado Buffaloes 2017 Schedule
September 2nd – Colorado State
September 9th – Texas State
September 16th – Northern Colorado
September 23rd – Washington
September 30th – @ UCLA
October 7th – Arizona
October 14th – Oregon State
October 21st – @ Washington State
October 28th – California
November 4th – @ Arizona State
November 11th – USC
November 25th – @ Utah
Key Matchups – USC, UCLA & Washington
Potential Upset – Oregon State & California