Season Report Card: Colorado Buffaloes
But, the four wins matched Colorado's combined total from the previous two seasons, so at least progress is being made.
Unfortunately, the Buffaloes once again found themselves outmatched in Pac-12 competition, winning only one game (against an even worse Cal team) and being blasted by 22 points or more in six of their nine conference games.
However, the good news is that this team showed signs of improvement as the season progressed, and it played much better football down the stretch. That's a major positive going forward.
With all that in mind, let's grade Colorado on the 2013 campaign:
The big problem that Colorado faced was that its ground game was virtually nonexistent. One of the reasons for that was because the Buffaloes typically found themselves playing from way behind. Freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau regularly had over 30 pass attempts simply because Colorado was desperately fighting to bounce back after digging itself an early hole. Junior wide receiver Paul Richardson was the team's main offensive weapon, catching 83 balls for 10 scores on the season.
As was to be expected, Colorado had major difficulties slowing down some of the high-powered offenses that were on display in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes gave up 38 points per game, and it's gonna be hard to beat teams when you're giving up that many points on a consistent basis. In fact, Colorado gave up 44 points or more in every Pac-12 contest except for two (Cal and Utah). Success is hard to come by with those types of numbers.
Very few programs consider four wins a success. And while I don't think this team should be happy about four wins, MacIntyre was at least able to match how many wins the school had in the previous two years under Jon Embree. Getting one Pac-12 victory wasn't ideal, but this team just wasn't expected to win any of the other ones. Sure, they weren't all that competitive for the majority of the season, but it'll take a while for MacIntyre to rebuild with players that fit his scheme.
Again, four wins is no monumental accomplishment. But for a first-year coach like MacIntyre that was facing a huge uphill climb, it's a decent enough start. Colorado has a long, long way to go before it can consistently compete in the conference, however, if given the time, MacIntyre should be able to get them over the hump and possibly lead the program to its first bowl appearance since 2007.
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