ENGLEWOOD | Just like last year, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has declared that the Buffaloes’ goal is to play in the Pac-12 title game.
Only this time, nobody laughed.
A year ago, the Buffaloes were picked as cellar dwellers in the Pac-12 South and instead finished first, going 8-1 in league play before getting walloped by Washington in the conference championship.
The Buffs, who watched nine players leave for NFL training camps this summer, were picked to finish fourth this year, behind favorite USC, Utah and UCLA.
“We have a lot to prove,” MacIntyre said. “We’re still a team that people don’t believe in, and we’d like for people to believe in us. And the only way you do that is to put back-to-back-to-back things together. That’s what we plan on doing.”
His aims are actually higher than 2016, when the Buffs went 10-4 and earned their first bowl berth since 2007 .
“What we want to do is be in the Pac-12 championship game and not get our brains beat in like we did last year,” MacIntyre said. “So, we’d like to finish it better.”
The Buffaloes lost to Washington 41-10 and four weeks later were thumped 38-8 by Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Fizzling at the finish, however, didn’t diminish the Buffaloes’ bounce-back season, their first winning campaign since 2005 under Gary Barnett. What it did was provide them with fresh incentive for 2017 behind…
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