JW- Now that Hawkins has been let go I think you will see a really wide range of predictions for next season. Especially since we don't yet know who is going to be coaching next season. There is a lot of talent on this team and I think a combination of some pretty bad coaching and two heartbreaking home losses in a row (Baylor and Texas Tech) really sapped a lot of the spirit out of the guys. I expect we will see a pretty impressive performance this weekend against Iowa State. That being said, CU's schedule next year is BRUTAL, so projecting the Buffs to make a bowl game is probably reaching.
So why Arizona St. over Arizona? The Sun Devils are on a downward spiral to the bottom of the Pac-10(12), and this game will be a winnable one each year. This will be a good back and forth as Colorado rebuilds its program, and will be a good measuring stick game each season. So what do you say?
JW- As a huge fan of the Wildcats, I, by proxy hate the Sun Devils and will do everything I can to spread the hate amongst Buff fans. I think Utah will definitely rise to the top of the "rivalry' games in the division, but I honestly think that the rivalries will be pretty strong amongst all the schools in the South since we will be playing them every single weekend.
JW- I can't even pick one this next season. I am really, really pumped for all of them to be honest. It's going to be a great first couple of seasons. I'm very excited to see how the home crowds turn out for the Pac-12 games. Will attendance be very strong because of the novelty of the new conference? Will we see a lot of visiting fans? I'm trying to decide whether I want to go to UW or Stanford and it's not an easy decision.
JW- We are ready to move on, that's for sure. With Hawkins, it wasn't a matter of if, but when. It became clear that he wasn't going to be able to get it done in Boulder and I don't think any Buff fans wanted to move to a new conference with Dan still in charge. As it's still early, we are hearing a lot of different names, but these are the ones that I think are at least mildly realistic (in no specific order):
JW- I imagine that we will need to create a "what to do in Boulder" post for all of the visiting fans next year so we will make sure and revisit this one closer to game time. As for the weather, I can't wait to see you guys head up here in November. Tomorrow is the 11th (next year's game is on the 12th) and the high is 35 degrees with an expected 2-4 inches of snow in Denver. Invest in some jackets...
Sep. 3 - @ Hawaii
Sep. 10 - T.B.A. (To Be Announced, Colorado granted 13th game as a result of scheduling a game at Hawaii.)
Sep. 17 - Colorado State
Sep. 24 - @ Ohio State
Oct. 1 - Washington State
Oct. 8 - @ Stanford
Oct. 15 - @ Washington
Oct. 22 - Oregon
Oct. 29 - @ Arizona State
Nov. 5 - USC
Nov. 12 - Arizona
Nov. 19 - @ UCLA
Nov. 26 - @ Utah
Dec. 3 - Pac-12 Championship Game