Saturday, August 14, 2010
Big 12 2010-Colorado Buffaloes
2009 Record: 3-9 (2-6)
Head Coach: Dan Hawkins (16-33, 5th season...69-44 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Eric Kiesau (2nd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Ron Collins (5th season)
2009 Bowl Game: Oh, hell no!!!
Offense: The offense ranked 104th overall in 2009. That does not cut it. Tyler Hanson finally seems to have beaten out Cody Hawkins for the starting job.He really started to look solid in the final month of 2009, but the Buffaloes still went 1-3 during that span. Scotty McKnight, Toney Clemons, and Markques Simas will compose the WR corps, and McKnight will become the all-time leading receiver, most likely against Colorado State in the opener.Rodney Stewart holds the starting job at TB right now, but there will be a huge group pushing him in the fall. LT nate Solder (pre-season AA) leads a very experienced line that returns all 5 starters.
Defense: Former NFL super star Ashley Ambrose will coach the secondary this season. That is a solid hire. Jalil Broan and Jimmy Smith return to man the corners, with Anthony Perkins coming back at safety. This group ranked 34th against the pass, and will only get better in 2010. Ray Polk has the beat on the FS job, but was a RB last season. BJ Beatty will be the only returning starter at LB. Will Pericak and Curtis Cunningham (DTs) will join Marquez Herrod (DE) as the returnees on the line. Forrest West looks to have grabbed the other DE spot.
Special Teams: Aric Goodman returns as the PK, but he has been nothing short of awful, and he had hip surgery in the spring. The punting game is a mess with as many as 4 or 5 players competing for the job.
Wins: 9/4 @ Colorado State, 10/16 Baylor, 11/13 Iowa State
Toss Up Games: 9/18 Hawaii, 11/20 Kansas State
Losses: 9/11 @ California, 10/2 Georgia, 10/9 @ MIssouri, 10/23 Texas Tech,10/30 @ Oklahoma, 11/6 @ Kansas, 11/26 @ Nebraska
This schedule is a bit brutal when you break it down. Cal, Nebraska, Missouri, and Oklahoma are all on the road. There's a drop 4 for you right there. The rest isn't much better.
Outlook: This will likely be the final season for Hawkins, as it is definately the end for Colorado in the Big 12. They will bolt for the PAC 12 next season, which will be a sold move for CU in the long term. This swan song in the Big 12 will likely go down with a resounding thud.