Colorado Football: Game-By-Game Predictions for the Buffaloes' 2014 Season

Game-By-Game Predictions for Colorado's 2014 Season

5/30/14 in NCAAF   |   chris901   |   24 respect

Nov 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) drops back to pass during the second half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY SportsThe Colorado Buffaloes will follow up a last-place finish in the Pac-12 South with a similar type of year in 2014. While the Buffaloes were able to salvage some wins outside of the conference last season, they struggled within the Pac-12. It will be more of the same this year as three of the five wins Colorado will earn are against non-conference opponents. 

Aug. 29 vs. Colorado State: WIN

Even though Colorado State was able to get a win in its bowl game last season against Washington State, it won’t have the same success against the Buffaloes. In fact, it took a tremendous comeback for the Rams to beat Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Buffaloes will maintain the pressure all game, even though it might not be a blowout like last season’s game because leading wide receiver Paul Richardson is gone. 

Sept. 6 at Massachusetts: WIN

The Minutemen are nothing special. This is a very winnable game for the Buffaloes and should give them a chance to try some new things against a team that was shut out twice last year and scored above 20 points only twice. 

Sept. 13 vs. Arizona State: LOSS

Arizona State will dominate a Colorado defense that finished ninth in pass defense last season in the Pac-12 conference. Veteran Taylor Kelly scores with his arm and his feet, and commits few turnovers. D.J. Foster can catch passes out of the backfield and can also run for touchdowns. As a running back, Foster will excel against the Buffaloes rushing defense, which was the worst in the conference in 2013. 

Sept. 20 vs. Hawaii: WIN 

Coming off a rough game against the Sun Devils, this matchup should seem like a breeze for the Buffaloes. Hawaii only won one game last season and is not a formidable opponent when playing against Pac-12 talent. 

Sept. 27 at California: LOSS

Both the Colorado and California programs had nothing to brag about in 2013. However, in this rematch of a game Colorado won last season, the Golden Bears will come out on top. Richardson, who was the Buffaloes’ best wide receiver, is now a part of the Seattle Seahawks organization. Richardson had 10 touchdown receptions last season, and although he did not catch a touchdown pass against California in last year’s game, he had 11 receptions for 140 yards. California has returning talent at the skill positions and they will have the benefit of playing at home this time. 

Oct. 4 vs. Oregon State: LOSS

Quarterback Sean Mannion will not have his favorite target, Brandin Cooks, this season, but he has two tight ends who have proven they can score, as well as a reliable running back in Storm Woods who can catch the ball, too. The Oregon State passing game will excel as a part of a well-oiled offensive machine, and it will be too much for Colorado to handle, even at home. 

Oct. 18 at USC: LOSS

A fast USC offense under new head coach Steve Sarkisian will keep the Buffaloes on their toes. Quarterback Cody Kessler is surrounded by a great set of running backs in Javorius Allen, Tre Madden and Justin Davis. The Trojans blew out Colorado on the road last season, and now they will have the chance to do it at home. Also, don’t forget about defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who recorded six total sacks last season and seems ready to take over in linebacker Devon Kennard’s place. 

Oct. 25 vs. UCLA: LOSS

A dual-threat quarterback like Brett Hundley will have a breakout day against Colorado’s poor run defense. Hundley threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more against the Buffaloes last season. The Bruins also have three solid rushers on their roster who can give the Buffaloes fits. 

Nov. 1 vs. Washington: LOSS

The Huskies have three options in Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper and Dwayne Washington to replace leading rusher Bishop Sankey. Against the abysmal run defense of Colorado, one of these players is bound to have some success in this game. 

Nov. 8 at Arizona: WIN

Without quarterback B.J. Denker or running back Ka’Deem Carey, the Wildcats don’t have a lot of firepower that can hurt the Buffaloes. Carey ran for four touchdowns in last year’s matchup, which is why it was a blowout. It will be an entirely different story this year, and the Buffaloes can steal one on the road here. 

Nov. 22 at Oregon: LOSS

The Ducks will be even tougher in Eugene and will run all over this Colorado team. Oregon is a premier team in the Pac-12 conference and Colorado does not have enough weapons to upset a powerhouse like the Ducks. 

Nov. 29 vs. Utah: WIN

The 2014 season will end on a high note at home for the Buffaloes, though. Quarterback Sefo Liufau is a year removed from the interception against Utah that ended Colorado’s hopes of a comeback. Now that Liufau is older and wiser, he can lead this Colorado team at home to exact revenge against the Utes, who won’t have Kelvin York to hurt the Buffaloes with any more rushing touchdowns. 

Final record: 5-7 (2-7)

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