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CU Football Preview

By Jakob Olsen in Sports

Game One: September 3 @ Hawai’i Conference: WAC 2010 record: 10-4 (lost to Tulsa in Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl) Player to Watch: QB Bryant Moniz.  Moniz had a monstrous year for the Warriors last year, throwing for 5040 yards through the air along with 39 TD’s. My Prediction: Hawai’i will be a tough test to start out the John Embree era at CU. However, if the Buffs are able to contain the Warriors “Air Raid” offense they should have enough raw talent to scoot by with a win in Honolulu. Score: 24-20 Buffs.

Game Two: September 10 VS California Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 5-7 Player to Watch: WR Marvin Jones.  Jones was a major factor in the Bears' passing attack last year, catching 50 passes for 765 yards and 4 TD’s. My Prediction: In what usually would be a conference game for the Buffs this year will be a non-conference game due to scheduling.  After being man-handled last year in Berkeley 52-7 I do see the Buffs giving a better showing this year in Boulder.  That being said, Cal is overall more talented, and therefore I believe they will come away with the win. Score: 34-17 Cal.

Game Three: September 17 VS Colorado State Conference: MWC 2010 record: 3-9 Player to Watch: QB Pete Thomas.  Thomas started as a true Freshman last year for a Rams team that struggled to say the least.  However, this year the Rams are looking up.  With Thomas and 8 other returning starters on offense, don’t count the Rams out in this game.  Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be the venue for this contest and expect it to be an electric atmosphere. My Prediction: With the Buffs coming off a tough loss I expect this to be a solid win for them.  If they can control the passing game and stop Pete Thomas they should be just fine. Score: 28-13 Buffs.

Game Four: September 24 @ Ohio State Conference: Big Ten 2010 record: 12-1 Player to Watch: WR Verlon Reed.  This superstar freshman came in at the right time.  With Devier Posey out for the first five games this guy is going to make a big name for himself and possibly put himself in Big Ten Freshman of The Year consideration. My Prediction:  Even with Terrelle Pryor, Devier Posey and Jim Tressel gone, Ohio State is way too loaded this year top to bottom.  I would give the Buffs a better chance if it wasn’t in Columbus. Score: 40-14 Ohio State.

Game Five: October 1 VS Washington State Conference: PAC-12 2010 Record: 2-10 Player to Watch: QB Jeff Tuel.  Tuel is a big kid with a big arm.  Don’t let his team fool you; the guy can throw the football.  Don't be surprised if he has a big game against the Buffs' young secondary. My prediction: The Buffs are going to have their hands full with this one.  It’s the very first PAC-12 game for the Buffs in Folsom and the crowd will be large to say the least.  This one is going to come down to the very last second in my opinion.  I give CU the edge only because they are at home. Score: 28-24 Buffs.

Game Six: October 8 @ Stanford Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 12-1 Player to Watch:  QB Andrew Luck.  Who else would we watch, honestly?  The front runner for the Heisman Trophy...Enough said. My Prediction: Palo Alto has been one of the most hostile places to play in recent memory.  With Andrew Luck under center I really see no chance for the Buffs in this one. Score: 45-20 Stanford.

Game Seven: October 15 @ Washington Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 7-6 Player to Watch: RB Chris Polk.  Polk has emerged as the nations front-runner for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the best running back in the nation.  Don't be surprised if he is in consideration for the Heisman at the end of the season either. My Prediction: Husky Stadium is one of the most hostile enviornments in college football and look for it to be that way on this night.  The Buffs beat the Huskies last time they were in Seattle.  This should be an entertaining match-up if the Buffs can keep Polk contained. Score: 21-17 Washington.

Game Eight: October 22 VS Oregon Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 12-1 Player to Watch: QB Derron Thomas and RB LaMichael James.  If you watched Oregon last season you would know why both of these guys are in this category. My Prediction:  Well, Folsom will be packed to see Oregon in town.  I dont know if CU will be able to compete with them but it will be cool to see the Ducks in town... Score: 57-21 Oregon.

Game Nine: October 29 @ Arizona State Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 6-6 Player to Watch: QB Brock Ossweiler.  Ossweiler is one of the reasons some people are picking the Sun Devils to win the south this year.  Last year the 6’8 QB had 797 yards and 5 TD’s with no interceptions in the last 5 games of the season. My Prediction: Another tough game for the Buffs.  I do give them a chance if they can somehow stop the passing attack of the Sun Devils. Score: 31- 28 Arizona State.

Game Ten: November 4 VS USC Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 8-5 Player to Watch: WR Robert Woods.  A lot of people will be surprised I didn't say Matt Barkley.  But Woods is just a sophomore and has a ton of upside.  Look for him, along with Barkley, to pick apart the Buffs young and inexperienced secondary. My Prediction:  Well, USC is coming to town... I think USC is way too talented to lose this one. Score: 35-24 USC.

Game Eleven: November 12 VS Arizona Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 7-6 Player to Watch: QB Nick Foles. Going into the 2011 season Foles is projected to be a first round draft pick after his senior year.  With a veteran receiving corps look for him to have a good year. My Prediction:  This one should be a good game.  In Folsom Field the Buffs should be in a position to win this one with some stout defense. Score: 28-24 Buffs.

Game Twelve: November 19 @ UCLA Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 4-8 Player to Watch: WR Nelson Rosario.  Rosario is a prototypical WR who has great size and speed.  He is a sure-fire 1st round draft pick.  Look for him to give the Buffs young secondary some fits. My Prediction: The Rose Bowl is a tough place to play no matter how good UCLA is this year.  Rick Neuheisel is on the hot seat this year as well and Jon Embree knows UCLA inside and out.  After all, his son is the starting tight end there.  I expect this to be a great game but I give the edge to UCLA just because it’s at the Rose Bowl. Score: 21-17 UCLA.

Game Thirteen: November 25 @ Utah Conference: PAC-12 2010 record: 10-3 Player to Watch: QB Jordan Wynn.  At one point in time a CU commit, Wynn will lead the Utes into their first game against CU as PAC-12 opponents.  After being injured for most of last year look for Wynn to bounce back in a big way with a veteran receiving corps. My Prediction: This will be a tough one for CU to win, especially since it’s in Salt Lake. I just think the Utes are the overall better team right now and I expect them to play like it. Score: 35-21 Utah.

Review: In Jon Embree’s debut season I expect the Buffs to show signs of success.  I believe that Embree is the right fit for this team and is what this program needs.  Give him a couple of years of recruiting to get the players he needs in order to win and expect the Buffs to take off in the brand new PAC-12 Conference. 2011 Record: 4-9.

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