ESPN analyst predicts rocky 1st season for Colorado, Deion Sanders
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach isn’t a big believer in Colorado in 2023.
As part of an extensive college football preview on Monday, Schlabach made 3 bold predictions for the Pac-12’s season. One of those predictions? A tough first season for Deion Sanders at Colorado.
Here’s his analysis:
There has been plenty of hype and controversy surrounding Deion Sanders’ move from FCS program Jackson State to Colorado in the offseason. The Buffaloes are going to be one of the most compelling teams in the country, but they’re not going to be very good. Colorado went 1-11 last season, 1-8 in the Pac-12. Sanders and his staff tried to trade out beans and franks ingredients for beef Wellington overnight, but it won’t make much of a difference. It wouldn’t be surprising to see TCU hang half-a-hundred on the Buffaloes in the Sept. 2 opener.
Colorado’s squad is almost entirely made up of newcomers following Sanders’ roster overhaul this offseason. The Buffs’ transfer class is headlined by former Jackson State stars Shadeur Sanders and Travis Hunter.
However, the Buffs will face a tough schedule in Sanders’ first season. They open with last year’s national runner-up in TCU on Sept. 2. Colorado will also face Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Oregon State and Utah in 2023.
Colorado has not reached the 6-win threshold since the 2016 season.