Every day the College Football season looms closer and closer. Most fall camps started up last Monday and teams are slowly but surely getting ready for the season. Over these next few weeks, the team at TWT are going to do a breakdown of each of the teams in our preseason top 25. Today, we are doing #24, Colorado.
LAST SEASON REVIEW
Record: 10-4 (8-1 in conference, lost in Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State)
After finishing with a 4-9 record in the 2015-2016 college football season, Colorado stunned most fans last season. The team started out the season with two blow out wins then lost to Michigan. The team then picked up their winning ways barely beating Oregon and blowing out Oregon State before suffering a heart breaking loss to USC. After this loss to USC, Colorado went on a winning streak averaging 30.6 points on offense and the defense allowing 16.83 points per game. They ended the season with a 10-2 record earning them a berth in the Pac 12 Championship game. They got blown out by Washington and in their bowl game got blown out by Oklahoma State. Colorado season was filled with many surprises but ended with disappointment.
Passing: Sefo Liufau, 2366 yards, 11 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Rushing: Phillip Lindsay: 1252 yards, 16 touchdowns
Receiving: Shay Fields: 883 yards, 9 touchdowns
Tackles: Kenneth Olugbode: 115 tackles
Sacks: Jimmie Gilbert: 11 sacks
Interceptions: Tedric Thompson: 7 interceptions
Phillip Lindsay will undoubtedly be the center of Colorado’s running game and maybe even their offense. The first 1000-yard rusher for Colorado since 2010, Phillip Lindsay tore apart some very good teams with good rush defenses. He can beat teams in the air as he finished the season with a little under 500 yards. He is a very versatile back and played a big part last year in Colorado’s improved offense efficiency.
BIGGEST STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Colorado biggest strength should be their running game. Lindsay will be the focal point of this offense. He is a great first, second and third down back. Lindsay is an all around running back as he is a valuable asset in the passing game, and a great blocker. He led the Pac 12 in rushing touchdowns. A great leader on the field, Lindsay is going to be crucial to Colorado’s success.
The secondary for this team has to be absolutely rock solid. Last years defense ranked 20th in passing defense and 19th in overall defense, but after losing significant starters on defense, there will be a dropout. The secondary will have to replace stars Chidobe Awuzie, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Tedric Thompson (who had almost half of their interceptions last season. They will have to come up with the big plays like last years defense. With quarterbacks like Josh Rosen, Jake Browning, and Sam Darnold on their schedule, this secondary needs to be rock solid.
Week 1: Win vs Colorado State
Phillip Lindsay runs all over Colorado State’s defense and Colorado win the game of a late touchdown.
Week 2: Win vs Texas State
This is a blow out victory for Colorado as Lindsay and Steven Montez have a field day.
Week 3: Win vs Northern Colorado
This is a blow out victory for Colorado as Lindsay and Steven Montez have a field day, like last game.
Week 4: Loss vs Washington
Last year the only teams that could stop Washington were elite defenses. After losing many key starters in this secondary, Jake Browning picks apart this Colorado defense and Lindsay gets locked down by Washington’s defense
Week 5: Loss @ UCLA
Josh Rosen picks apart the Colorado defense, while on the opposite team Lindsay has a field day. UCLA wins a close game
Week 6: Win vs Arizona
This Arizona game is very hard to predict due to inconsistency, but I see Arizona struggling against Lindsay and Montez and Colorado sneaks out a margin able victory.
Week 7: Win @ Oregon State
This will be a very close game as both teams have similar problems. The big deciding factor will be whose running defense will come up big. I see Colorado sneaking out a narrow victory.
Week 8: Loss @ Washington State
Washington State and Colorado both have problems in their secondary. The key to this game will be who’s passing game will be better. Luke Falk and Steven Montez battle it out, but in the end Colorado losses.
Week 9: Win vs California
California doesn’t have the defensive pieces to stop Colorado. Colorado win easily in this game.
Week 10: Win @ Arizona State
Arizona State have glaring problems on their offensive line. The defensive line and linebackers have a field day against this offense line getting continuous pressure towards Arizona State’s quarterback, while Montez has a field day.
Week 11: Loss vs USC
USC is returning most of the players and is one of the top teams in the nation. They will destroy most opponents and will eat up Colorado’s secondary.
Week 12: Win @ Utah
Utah has a stout defense that will give Colorado’s offense a hard time, but on the offensive side of the ball, Utah will miss Joe Williams who was a key point on offense. I see this being a close game, but Colorado will force Utah to become a one dimensional team throwing the football and will sneak out with a win.
Projected Record: 8-4
INSTANT IMPACT RECRUIT(S)
Javier Edwards has a chance to become an instant impact recruit. He is a JUCO defensive lineman transfer. He can shed blocks to get to the quarterback and tackle the running back. He was so good that teams double and triple teamed him and he still got to the running back. Watch out for him this season.