How good will the Colorado Buffaloes be in their first year under head coach Deion Sanders?
One thing is certain: There is a wealth of talent on the roster. The excitement is back in Boulder for a CU team that went 1-11 a season ago, and that’s a step in the right direction.
The biggest question, though, is whether the talent on the field will produce wins. In a piece by CBS Sports looking at some of college football’s most overrated and underrated teams, the Buffs made the overrated list, and writer Shehan Jeyarajah explained why:
Deion Sanders’ Buffaloes have been the talk of college football all summer — and for good reason. Colorado reeled in the No. 1 transfer class nationally and ultimately replaced more than 70 scholarship players in one cycle. The level of talent is unquestionably higher on paper. Unfortunately, all the ink spilled about Colorado this offseason will run dry when the campaign starts. The Buffaloes’ roster is shallow at best, and the path is brutal. Colorado gets TCU and Nebraska in nonconference play, and later, it has to play five of the top six teams in the Pac-12. It’s hard to find more than two games that Colorado could even be favored in this season, and games against Colorado State and Stanford are hardly layups. At the end of the year, we could be looking at the most talked-about 2-10 (or worse) team in history.
All of that is true, but this team simply has too much talent to go 2-10. It could backfire completely, though, as this is one of the biggest experiments in recent memory. Only time will tell what this team looks like.