Colorado Buffaloes Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Colorado College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Colorado Buffaloes Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Colorado season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Head Coach: Karl Dorrell, 3rd year at Colorado, 8-10
8th year overall, 43-37, 2021 Preview
2021 Record: Overall: 4-8, Conference: 3-6
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Colorado Buffaloes Preview 2022

Is this going to be one of those years when everyone blows off Colorado and then something big happens?

2020 was weird in every way for the Pac-12, but the Buffaloes still managed to push through for a 4-2 season with a bowl appearance.

The 2016 team wasn’t expected to do anything coming off a four-win season, and then came the 10-win run on the way to a Pac-12 Championship appearance.

That might be a little extreme, and it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing with the 2022 Buffaloes. Just being good enough to go bowling would be enough.

There might be a ton of key losses through the transfer portal, and this isn’t going to be one of the spotlight teams in the Pac-12 South, but there are more than enough good parts and improvements among the starting 22 to be better than most will likely expect.

It’ll take a big change, though. It wasn’t just that Colorado went 4-8, it’s that it wasn’t all that close in most of the losses and struggled WAY too much on …

Colorado Buffaloes Preview 2022: Offense

The O couldn’t keep things moving. The Buffs had the second-worst offense in college football averaging just 257 yards per game, the 18.8 points per game doesn’t tell the whole story with the consistency, and there wasn’t any semblance of a decent passing attack to get back in games when things weren’t working.

So yes, there are some personnel losses and changes from last year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It starts with …

The offensive line has to give everyone more time to work. There’s some shuffling, getting tackle Tommy Brown from Alabama should help, and the starting five might quietly grow into a positive with a little bit of time. Now the pass protection and ground attack have to follow.

Leading rusher Jarek Broussard is off to Michigan State, but the rest of the backs return and Sam Houston State transfer Ramon Jefferson – almost 2,000 yards in two years – should quickly become the main man. Now …

Who’s taking over at quarterback? It was a huge setback for the offense when Tennessee transfer JT Shrout was hurt last offseason with a major knee injury and couldn’t go. Brendon Lewis was fine, but the downfield passing game wasn’t there. Lewis can run, he’s experienced, and he’s careful with the ball, but Shrout is the better pure passer.

It wasn’t necessarily a plus that TE Brady Russell led the team in receiving – he made just 25 catches and didn’t score. He’s back, and there are wholesale changes with top WR Brenden Rice going to USC and Dimitri Stanley off to Iowa State, but landing Baylor transfer RJ Sneed might be an upgrade – he’ll stretch the field – around several young parts with the upside to do a lot more.

Colorado Buffaloes Preview 2022: Defense

The defense didn’t get any help from the offense, but it also didn’t do enough to help the cause. The run D struggled, there weren’t enough takeaways, and the pass rush was lacking. That last part was addressed this offseason, and if that starts to kick in, the D that finished last in the Pac-12 in sacks and next-to-last in total defense should rise up fast. That starts with …

The pass rush – it has to show up. Terrance Lang is a big end who fits more in a 3-4 system, but he has to get behind the line more. The tackles are 300+ pounders in.a rotation that should be fine, the outside linebackers have to help with more pressure.

Leading playmaker behind the line Carson Wells is gone from his hybrid role, but the focus on being more disruptive should turn the the returning linebackers loose around top returning tackling LB Quinn Perry. But …

It’s not necessarily a positive that the defense backs made so many plays last year, but they can hit. Leading tackler Isaiah Lewis is back at one safety spot, but big hitter Mark Perry is off to TCU, good corner Mekhi Blackmon is at USC, and fellow corner Christian Gonzalez bolted for Oregon. It’s going to be a young secondary, but as long as the pass rush improves, this group should be okay with a little time.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Pac-12 Spring Version 2022

Pac-12 spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Pac-12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s almost like the Pac-12 took a year off to get ready for what’s coming.

Washington certainly took a break, Stanford went to sleep after a decent start, and USC all but put out the Not Interested sign after the season was blown up  with the early firing of Clay Helton.

Arizona is improving – last year was likely a step back to take a big leap forward, even if it’s still going to take another season or so.

UCLA showed glimpses of getting stronger, Oregon State and Washington State had some fun, and Utah got to the top of the Pac-12 mountain.

This year, though, the conference looks like it’s going to improve all the way around before all the things are in place to blast off in 2023.

Lincoln Riley at USC, Oregon settling in with Dan Lanning, Washington about to crank up the O with Kalen DeBoer – the Pac-12 is going to be fun.

Where to the 12 teams appear to be this spring? How good are they?

The Pac-12 spring rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every Pac-12 School

Who are the Pac 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Pac 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the Pac-12 programs. Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


USC is as good as anyone when it comes to cranking out historic NFL draft picks, and the Pac-12 overall isn’t bad, but some programs are shockingly light.

Who were the best draft picks ever from the Pac-12 programs?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Pac-12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

If a player had a great run for someone other than the team that drafted him, he gets knocked down a peg, or isn’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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Arizona vs Colorado College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

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Arizona vs Colorado Game Preview, Pac-12 Tournament How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Arizona (29-3), Colorado (21-10)
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Oregon vs Colorado Game Preview, Pac-12 Tournament How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 5:30 ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Oregon (19-13), Colorado (20-10)
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Arizona vs Colorado How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: CU Events Center, Boulder, CO
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Arizona (25-2), Colorado (18-10)
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Arizona vs Colorado Game Preview


Why Arizona Will Win

Just when it seemed like Arizona might be slipping a wee bit after a 84-81 fight against Oregon … boom.

The Wildcats went to Utah and came away with a dominant 20-point win. They continue to be amazing fro the field, they’re stepping up from three, and they’re great on the boards.

Colorado is dangerous, but it’s erratic.

It can get hot, but it’s not strong enough on a regular basis from three, there are way too many turnovers, and the D doesn’t force enough mistakes to slow down the Arizona attack. But …

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Why Colorado Will Win

The Buffaloes are sneaky-dangerous.

They might not be consistent from three, but they’re making what they’re taking – they’ve won their last six games when they hit more than 40% from three.

Arizona has the defense to clamp down from the outside, but if Colorado can be decent from three, and if the rebounding isn’t all that off – with better than -5 – there’s a chance that …

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Colorado really be good enough at home to pull this off?

It’ll be strong enough to keep it interesting for a while, but Arizona is too strong on the boards and will be too good at guarding the three.

Yeah, Colorado wins when it hits 40% or better from three.

Arizona hasn’t let anyone get to 40% from outside since January 25th.

Arizona vs Colorado Prediction, Lines

Arizona 75, Colorado 64
Line: Arizona -10.5, o/u: 151
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 3

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Colorado Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

Colorado football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Colorado football schedule 2022: Who does Colorado miss on the Pac-12 schedule and what are 3 things to know?


2022 Colorado Football Schedule

Sept 2 TCU

Sept 10 at Air Force

Sept 17 at Minnesota

Sept 24 UCLA

Oct 1 at Arizona

Oct 8 OPEN DATE

Oct 15 Cal

Oct 22 at Oregon State

Oct 29 Arizona State

Nov 5 Oregon

Nov 11 at USC

Nov 19 at Washington

Nov 26 Utah

2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Colorado Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Buffaloes miss from the Pac-12 North Division?

The Buffaloes don’t get Stanford or Washington State. That might not be a bad deal if the Cardinal ramps things back up after a rough run, but that’s still not quite as nice as it would’ve been to miss Oregon or even Washington.

Going to Washington and Oregon State are going to be tough, but Oregon has to come to Boulder in early November and Cal makes the trip in mid-October.

Colorado Football Schedule What To Know: Where are the sure wins?

Give Colorado credit for not facing a cupcake team to tune up, but there isn’t a sure-thing win on the slate considering it has to travel to Arizona.

TCU is in a rebuilding mode and it’s a home game, but that’s tough. Going to Air Force is nasty, and heaven help us all if the trip to Minnesota is anything like the steamrolling of last year’s Golden Gopher win.

Cal? That might be the one home game Colorado is the favorite, but that’s not a given.

Colorado Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

It would’ve been really, really nice to have a few easy games to start the season to give the team a little time and sure-thing confidence, but …

There’s a flip side. Beat TCU, beat Air Force, and get wins over decent teams that that could be the kickstart the program needs. Even so, November is a bear with the Oregon game followed up with trips to USC and Washington before hosting Utah.

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Pac 12 Football Schedule 2022 Composite, Every Team’s Schedule

2022 Pac 12 Football Schedule. Composite schedule, and Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Pac 12 football schedule 2022 composite, every team’s schedule.


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Pac 12 Football Schedule Composite 2022

Pac 12 Football Schedules
Arizona | Arizona State | CalColorado
Oregon | Oregon StateStanford | UCLA
USC | UtahWashington | Washington St

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 1

Thursday, September 1
Northern Arizona at Arizona State

Friday, September 2
TCU at Colorado

Saturday, September 3
Arizona at San Diego State
UC Davis at Cal
Georgia at Oregon
Boise State at Oregon State
Colgate at Stanford
Bowling Green at UCLA
Rice at USC
Utah at Florida
Kent State at Washington
Idaho at Washington State

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 2

Saturday, September 10
Mississippi State at Arizona
Arizona State at Oklahoma State
Cal at UNLV
Colorado at Air Force
Eastern Washington at Oregon
Oregon State at Fresno State
USC at Stanford
Alabama State at UCLA
Southern Utah at Utah
Portland State at Washington
Washington State at Wisconsin

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 3

Saturday, September 17
North Dakota State at Arizona
Eastern Washington at Arizona State
Cal at Notre Dame
Colorado at Minnesota
BYU at Oregon
Texas State at Oregon State
South Alabama at UCLA
Fresno State at USC
San Diego State at Utah
Michigan State at Washington
Colorado State at Washington State
OPEN DATE: Stanford

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 4

Saturday, September 24
Arizona at Cal
Utah at Arizona State
UCLA at Colroado
Oregon at Washington State
Oregon State at USC
Stanford at Washington

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 5

Saturday, October 1
Colorado at Arizona
Arizona State at USC
Cal at Washington State
Stanford at Oregon
Oregon State at Utah
Washington at UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 6

Saturday, October 8
Oregon at Arizona
Washington at Arizona State
Stanford at Oregon State
Utah at UCLA
Washington State at USC
OPEN DATE: Cal, Colorado

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 7

Saturday, October 15
Washington at Arizona
Colorado at Cal
Washington State at Oregon State
Stanford at Notre Dame
Utah at USC
OPEN DATE: Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 8

Saturday, October 22
Stanford at Arizona State
Cal at Washington
Oregon State at Colorado
UCLA at Oregon
OPEN DATE: Arizona, USC, Utah, Washington State

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 9

Saturday, October 29
USC at Arizona
Arizona State at Colorado
Oregon at Cal
UCLA at Stanford
Utah at Washington State
OPEN DATE: Oregon State, Washington

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 10

Saturday, November 5
Arizona at Utah
UCLA at Arizona State
Cal at USC
Oregon at Colorado
Oregon State at Washington
Washington State at Stanford

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 11

Friday, November 11
Colorado at USC

Saturday, November 12
Arizona at UCLA
Arizona State at Washington State
Cal at Oregon State
Washington at Oregon
Stanford at Utah

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 12

Saturday, November 19
Washington State at Arizona
Oregon State at Arizona State
Stanford at Cal
Colorado at Washington
Oregon at Utah
USC at UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 13

Friday, November 25
Arizona State at Arizona
UCLA at Cal
Oregon State at Oregon

Saturday, November 27
Utah at Colorado
BYU at Stanford
Notre Dame at USC
Washington State at Washington

Friday, December 2
Pac-12 Football Championship Game presented by 76 (Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas)

Pac 12 Football Schedules
Arizona | Arizona State | CalColorado
Oregon | Oregon StateStanford | UCLA
USC | UtahWashington | Washington St
Pac 12 Full Schedule

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Pac-12 Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 13

Pac-12 Schedule, Game Previews, Predictions for Week 13:

Pac-12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


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Pac-12 Results So Far
SU: 57-26, ATS: 41-39-1, Point Total: 43-38

Friday, November 26

Colorado at Utah

Prediction: Utah 38, Colorado 16
Line: Utah -24, o/u: 52
Final Score: Utah 28, Colorado 13

Washington State at Washington

8:00, FS1
Line: Washington State -1, o/u: 45

Saturday, November 27

Oregon State at Oregon

3:30, ESPN
Line: Oregon -7, o/u: 60.5

Arizona at Arizona State

4:00, Pac-12 Network
Line: Arizona State -20, o/u: 52.5

Notre Dame at Stanford

8:00, FOX
Line: Notre Dame -20.5, o/u: 52.5

BYU at USC

10:30, ESPN
Line: BYU -7, o/u: 63.5

Cal at UCLA

10:30, FS1
Line: UCLA -6.5, o/u: 58.5

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