Nov 24, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose State Spartans head coach Mike MacIntyre during the fourth quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Spartan Stadium. The San Jose Spartans won 52-43. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Pac-12 Football Preview Part I

This season, look out for Colorado running back Christian Powell. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

With a few games left in college baseball and the NHL followed by nothing more than the ever-so-long MLB season that is not even halfway over, it is around this time of year people begin to let their minds think about the excitement of college football again, but not so much so as to allow their biased attitudes and homer expectations to exceed reality (or at least in theory this is semi-true). It is for this reason I have decided now would be a good time to evaluate, predict and preview this year’s Pac-12 teams, starting with the bottom of the barrel and working my way up to the top.

Q: Who will end up at the bottom of the Pac-12 South?

Answer: Colorado Buffaloes

Sep 01 Colorado State
Sep 07 CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Sep 14 FRESNO STATE
Sep. 28 @ Oregon State
Oct 05 OREGON
Oct 12 @ Arizona State
Oct 26 ARIZONA
Nov 02 @ UCLA
Nov 09 @ Washington
Nov 16 CALIFORNIA
Nov 23 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Nov 30 @ Utah

The Scoop: The Colorado Buffaloes return 19 starters from last season, but that doesn’t say much when last year’s team brought home only one, one point victory over the conference’s second worst team, Washington State. When the season ended, matters didn’t get any better when QB Nick Hirschman transferred and Jordan Webb suffered a season ending knee injury before the 2013 season has even began. Now, the Buffs depend on a quarterback who was third on their depth chart last year.

Another challenge the Buffs face is the transition of a new head coach, staff and system that comes with it. Though Mike MacIntyre has had success at San Jose State before taking the Colorado job, his success was….well…at San Jose State. Though MacIntyre has potential to do good things at Colorado, it will take time for him to make a name for himself in a much tougher Pac-12 conference.

Predicted record: 4-8

Player to watch: It is tempting to say no-one here, as last season’s highest point scorer was the field goal kicker and not a single Colorado player–save Webb, the QB–had even close to 1,000 yards of total offense, but this year watch out for Christian Powell. Powell had 691 yards on the ground last year. Add the fact MacIntyre is instilling a pistol offense into the system and Powell could be dangerous.

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