Colorado Football 2014 Schedule Preview

Colorado Football 2014 Schedule Preview

 Oct 5, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike Macintyre walks the field before the start of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Colorado Buffaloes finished the 2013 season with a 4-8 record in the first season for head coach Mike Macintyre. The win total equaled the amount from the previous two seasons. The Buffs are in the process of turning a major corner with the 10th-youngest roster in college football this season. Colorado is led by two sophomore captains, QB Sefo Liufau and LB Addison Gillam. Here's a Preview of the Colorado Buffaloes' 2014 schedule.

Aug. 29th - Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Sep 1, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams tight end Kivon Cartwright (86) is flipped upside down going for a reception while Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Addison Gillam (44) and defensive back Parker Orms (13) and defensive back Jered Bell (21) observe during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Aug. 29th - Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Sep 1, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams tight end Kivon Cartwright (86) is flipped upside down going for a reception while Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Addison Gillam (44) and defensive back Parker Orms (13) and defensive back Jered Bell (21) observe during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs and in-state rival Colorado State Rams meet for the 86th time in history. The Rocky Mountain Showdown is on neutral turf in Denver, Colorado at Sport Authority Field at Mile High. The Buffs won last year's match-up 41-27 and was the first win for CU Head Coach Mike Macintyre. The Buffs lead the series (62-21-2) all-time. Buffs QB Sefo Liufau and WR Nelson Spruce together will pick apart the CSU Rams secondary. Buffs Win (1-0)

Sept. 6th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Massachusetts Minutemen

Nov 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen head coach Charley Molnar reacts during the second half against the Akron Zips at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 6th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Massachusetts Minutemen

Nov 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen head coach Charley Molnar reacts during the second half against the Akron Zips at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

This is the first ever meeting for the Buffs and Massachusetts Minutemen, who posted a 1-11 record last season in the Mid American conference. The Minutemen's only win last season came against Miami (OH). The Buffs offense behind QB Sefo Liufau will outmatch the Minutemen defense. Look for RB Michael Adkins II to be great against the non-conference opponent and The Buffs will have an easy game in Boston, Mass. Buffs Win (2-0)

Sept. 13th - Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Oct 12, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Colorado Buffaloes running back Michael Adkins II (19) runs the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the third quarter at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils beat the Buffaloes 54-13. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 13th - Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Oct 12, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Colorado Buffaloes running back Michael Adkins II (19) runs the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the third quarter at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils beat the Buffaloes 54-13. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs welcome the Arizona State Sun Devils to Folsom Field for a rare late-night home opener. Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly and RB DJ Foster will have too much offensive firepower for the Buffs defense to contain. This game will have a similar feeling to last year's 54-13 loss in Tempe, Arizona for the Buffs. This will be the first Pac-12 conference loss for the Buffs in the season. Buffs Loss (2-1)

Sept. 20th - Hawaii Warriors vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 9, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; Hawaii Warriors quarterback Sean Schroeder (19) thaws a pass during the quarter of the Hawaii Warriors vs Navy Midshipmen game at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 20th - Hawaii Warriors vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 9, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; Hawaii Warriors quarterback Sean Schroeder (19) thaws a pass during the quarter of the Hawaii Warriors vs Navy Midshipmen game at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawaii Warriors posted a 1-11 record last season and come into Boulder for the Buffs final non-conference game. This is the fourth meeting all-time for the two teams with Hawaii holding a 2-1 advantage over Colorado. Look for Buffs RB Christian Powell to have a good game running downhill against the Warrior's ninth-worst ranked total defense. Buffs Win (3-1)

Sept. 27th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. California Bears

Nov 16, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Kline (8) is tackled by Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Addison Gillam (44) in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. The Colorado Buffaloes defeated the California Golden Bears 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 27th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. California Bears

Nov 16, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Kline (8) is tackled by Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Addison Gillam (44) in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. The Colorado Buffaloes defeated the California Golden Bears 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs have their first Pac-12 conference road game against the California Bears. The two teams held the worst records in the conference, with the Bears going 1-11 in the 2013 season. The Buffs won last year's match-up 41-24 in Boulder. The Buffs will do the same this season behind their pass rush defense and will keep the Bears in the cage. Buffs Win (4-1)

Oct. 4th - Oregon State Beavers vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Sep 28, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Colorado Buffaloes offensive linesman Stephane Nembot (77) blocks Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oct. 4th - Oregon State Beavers vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Sep 28, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Colorado Buffaloes offensive linesman Stephane Nembot (77) blocks Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon State Beavers gave the Buffs their first Pac-12 conference loss 44-17 last season on the road in Corvallis, Ore. The Buffs will look for redemption this season when they host the Beavers at home. OSU QB Sean Mannion won't have his prime target from last season, former WR Brandin Cooks, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. The Buffs will squeak out a win with good defensive play from LB Addison Gilliam. Buffs Win (5-1)

Oct.18th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. USC Trojans

Nov 23, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) lines up under center across from the Colorado Buffaloes in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. The Trojans defeated the Buffaloes 47-29. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Oct.18th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. USC Trojans

Nov 23, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) lines up under center across from the Colorado Buffaloes in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. The Trojans defeated the Buffaloes 47-29. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs go back on the road and face a major test against the USC Trojans. The Buffs are winless against the Trojans, going 0-8 in the series all-time. Don't look for Colorado to change their losing streak against USC. This will be a "measuring stick" game for head coach Mike Macintyre and his staff to evaluate the Buffs progress against a major opponent. Buffs Loss (5-2)

Oct. 25 - UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins receiver Grayson Mazzone (83) is defended by Colorado Buffaloes safety Parker Orms (13) on a 20-yard reception at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oct. 25 - UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins receiver Grayson Mazzone (83) is defended by Colorado Buffaloes safety Parker Orms (13) on a 20-yard reception at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This is homecoming weekend for the Buffs in Boulder but the UCLA Bruins will be the ones who will be celebrating. UCLA QB Brett Hundley is one of the many talented quarterbacks in the Pac-12 conference this season and will show it against the Buffs defense. CU will keep it close and interesting but the Bruins will run away at the end. Buffs Loss (5-3)

Nov. 1st - Washington Huskies vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 9, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Marques Mosley (17) tackles Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles (10) during the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Washington defeated Colorado 59-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 1st - Washington Huskies vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 9, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Marques Mosley (17) tackles Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles (10) during the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Washington defeated Colorado 59-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies will visit Colorado looking to stay on track in the Pac-12 conference. Depending on if there is a brisk, cold snow storm in the Colorado mountains, the teams could be playing in winter conditions. The game could go either way but given the tremendous play of the Huskies, the Buffs still won't stop dual threat QB Cyler Miles from running all over the field. Expect the Buffs to compete but lose a close game. Buffs Loss (5-4)

Nov. 8th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats

November 10, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Colorado Buffaloes running back Donta Abron (18) scores a touchdown in front of Arizona Wildcats safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant (21) during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 8th - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats

November 10, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Colorado Buffaloes running back Donta Abron (18) scores a touchdown in front of Arizona Wildcats safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant (21) during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs start their last road trip of the 2014 season in Tucson, Arizona against the Arizona Wildcats. Colorado has a 13-3 record all-time against the Wildcats, the best record against a fellow Pac-12 team. QB Sefo Liufau will lead the Buffs to victory against the Wildcats and steal a late-season, upset win on road. With a win the Buffs will become bowl-eligible. Buff Win (6-4)

Nov. 22nd - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks

Oct 5, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) heads to the end zone for a touchdown run in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 22nd - Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks

Oct 5, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) heads to the end zone for a touchdown run in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffs head to Eugene, Ore for the last road game of the season against Heisman candidate and Ducks QB Marcus Mariota. The Buffs have yet to post a win against the Ducks and this season won't have any change. The highly talented Ducks offense will have their will with the Buffs defense. Don't expect this to be an upset game. Buffs Loss (6-5)

Nov. 29th - Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes running back Kelvin York (13) is tackled by Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Tedric Thompson (9) and the Buffaloes defense during the first half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 29th - Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Nov 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes running back Kelvin York (13) is tackled by Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Tedric Thompson (9) and the Buffaloes defense during the first half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The final home game of the season for the Buffs features a new rivalry with the Utah Utes. The Buffs will look good and expect to dominate their border foe on "Senior Day" in Boulder. Expect WR Nelson Spruce to have a good game along with WR D.D. Goodson. The Buffs defense will hold Utes QB Travis Wilson in check with the linebacker play of Addison Gilliam. Buffs Win (7-5)

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