The Colorado Buffaloes can become an elite team this year. That may seem bold since they have only made the Big Dance three times since 1997, but hear me out.
Tad Boyle has done wonders for this program so far and I believe he has only scratched the surface.
Colorado won the Pac-12 tournament in 2012, which earned it a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. It followed that up with a 21-win season and another trip to the tourney as a No. 10 seed.
With that in mind, the Buffs will be stacked with talent in the 2013-14 season, which means it will challenge for a conference title. Arizona is a great team and Colorado, along with every other team in the nation, will have trouble beating it.
Still, the Buffaloes are the second best team in the conference–on paper–entering the new season and they have experience to go along with that. This year will mark the third straight year in a row that Colorado makes the dance. It has not happened yet and the season has not even started, but it will happen.
Colorado is going to have a huge season where it should be ranked in the top 25 for the majority of the year. That is just the beginning for this school though.
The Buffaloes are here to stay and a lot of that can be credited to Boyle.
So get ready to see a new elite team in the Pac-12 in upcoming season. Not to mention, Colorado very well could be and should be ranked in the top 10 at some point. Yeah, the expectations are rather high for the Buffs.