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2014 CU National Signing Day

National Signing Day came and went the other day and when the dust settled, the class looked like this:

Signed Letter of Intent
Name Pos Ht/Wt Stars Rank
Cade Apsay QB 6-2/176 24
Sam Bennion DE 6-5/243 NR
Shay Fields WR 5-10/170 44
Jase Franke DE 6-4/255 NR
Rick Gamboa LB 6-0/217 NR
Terran Hasselbach ATH 6-1/235 NR
Hayden Jones TE 6-6/235 NR
Josh Kaiser OL 6-5/265 NR
Dylan Keeney TE 6-6/215 NR
Donovan Lee DB 5-8/162 NR
Eddy Lopez DT 6-3/289 NR
Jay MacIntyre ATH 5-10/178 NR
Michael Mathewes DE 6-4/235 NR
Isaac Miller OL 6-7/250 NR
Jaisen Sanchez DB 6-1/185 NR
Christian Shaver DE 6-3/232 NR
Wyatt Smith OL 6-3/230 NR
Grant Watanabe LB 5-10/225 NR
Evan White DB 6-3/190 NR
Sully Wiefels OL 6-4/300 NR
Ahkello Witherspoon DB 6-3/180 NR

Generally speaking, I try not to read too much into the recruitment classes. I’ve seen classes that were considered Top 10 end up coming up seriously short and unheralded classes going on to do great things.

That being said, I’m actually pretty pumped about this class.  We got some size, we got some speed at receiver and we got what looks like a class of solid citizens, which is more important than the number of stars recruiting sites give kids.  This statement from HCMM at the presser sorta says it all:

“I feel like we not only got the right kind of athletes, but the right kind of people.”

As for not getting Kalen Ballage, it’s disappointing, but not the end of the world.  We got some good in state kids and as the program continues to turn around, we’ll get more.  It’s not like it was with Collin Klein, where we didn’t make an effort.  HCMM and his staff made a strong push, but in the end, Ballage went to ASU.

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CU Football – 2013 Edition


Yep, it’s that time again.  Got my season tickets in the mail the other day and I’m pumped for football season to start.  We’re going to erase 2012 from our memories, put on our very rose colored glasses and see if we can predict the outcomes of this year’s Buffs games:

Date Opponent Prediction
Sept 1 Colorado St Win
Sept 7 Central Arkansas Win
Sept 14 Fresno St Loss
Sept 28 at Oregon St Loss
Oct 5 Oregon Loss
Oct 12 at Arizona St Loss
Oct 26 Arizona Win
Nov 2 at UCLA Loss
Nov 9 at Washington Loss
Nov 16 Cal Win
Nov 23 USC Loss
Nov 30 at Utah Win

9/1: CU vs CSU (at Mile High):  First, let me start by saying that the whole Mile High/Invesco/Sports Authority Showdown thing should be scrapped.  This game isn’t high profile enough to warrant playing it in a stadium that holds 80k people, especially when the game likely won’t draw enough to fill half the stadium.  That said, I’m really looking for HCMM to start off the season with a win against the Rammies.  Both programs are in turnaround currently, so the game’s really a coin flip.  Running Record: 1-0 (0-0)

9/7 CU vs Central Arkansas (in Boulder):  There are no guarantees when it comes to CU football, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win this game.  They were a good DII team last year, but losing the home opener to a school like this for the second year in a row shouldn’t happen.  Running Record: 2-0 (0-0)

9/14 CU vs Fresno State (in Boulder):  I’m not looking forward to this one.  Last year, this loss absolutely killed team and fan morale.  We’ll probably lose to them again, but it should be much closer than the 69-14 humiliation of 2012. Running Record: 2-1 (0-0)

9/28 CU vs Oregon State (in Corvalles): This one’s probably a loss.  On the road and the fact that Oregon State puts up solid teams most years adds up to bad news.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see us stay within 10 points, but I’m not expecting a win here.  Running Record: 2-2 (0-1)

10/5 CU vs Oregon (in Boulder):  Oregon’s head coach is a Dan Hawkins alumni, but that’s not going to pay off for the rest of the Pac-12 for at least a couple years (since he still has all of Chip Kelly’s players).  It’ll look different than last year’s shellacking, but this one doesn’t look good as we drop below .500.  Running Record: 2-3 (0-2)

10/12 CU vs Arizona St (in Tempe):  ASU is expected to have a really solid team this year and finish 2nd in the Pac-12 South.  We’re rebuilding.  Enough said.  Running Record: 2-4 (0-3)

10/26 CU vs Arizona (in Boulder):  Coming off a bye week, I like our chances in this game.  R-Fraud hasn’t been good since he left West Virginia and we’re playing this one at home.  It’s gonna be close either way, but from a morale perspective this is going to be a must win.  We can’t go 0-4 in conference and this is our best shot for a conference win until the Cal game.  Running Record: 3-4 (1-3)

11/2 CU vs UCLA (in Pasadena):  This one’s gonna be a loss.  UCLA is the favorite to win our division, Mora’s a good coach and UCLA has some pretty solid talent.  Running Record: 3-5 (1-4)

11/9 CU vs Washington (in Seattle):  This is likely another loss.  Washington’s a solid team, Sark is a good coach (who’ll be coaching at USC next year) and Seattle is a tough place to play.  Running Record: 3-6 (1-5)

11/16 CU vs Cal (in Boulder):  I love this game.  Cal is hurting bad and Stanford is the power in NoCal.  We’re at home, looking to make a final push and Cal should be coming off 5 consecutive losses (UCLA, Oregon St, Washington, Arizona and USC).  Running Record: 4-6 (2-5)

11/23 CU vs USC (in Boulder):  If we’re really 4-6 at this point, this could be a huge game.  A win puts us one victory away from bowl eligibility and if Lane Kiffin hasn’t been fired by this point, he’ll be on the edge.  Realistically, we’re going to get beat simply because of the talent level at USC, but if CU can pull a win here, it would be a signature win for HCMM.  Running Record: 4-7 (2-6)

11/30 CU vs Utah (in SLC):  The reality is that Utah isn’t very good.  Their coach is on the hot seat and they’re looking at a downward trajectory.  If we’re going to win one on the road, it’s going to be in SLC.  Running Record: 5-7 (3-6).

Sure, five wins may seem like a pipe dream considering the fact that we won all of one game last year, but I’ve got faith in the new coach and the fact that this is going to be a down year for the Pac-12.  Plus, all our young players got plenty of playing time last year, so hopefully they’ll use that experience to play better.  Of course, if we can’t get any pressure on the QB it’s going to be another long season.

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