Since the schedule is out it is now time for the 2021 Colorado Buffaloes season prediction. A lot can happen from now until the first game of the season but we are going to look at the Buffalos’ opponents and determine how they might stack up in the new season.
First, looking at the schedule you can see the Buffaloes have eight home games and 4 away games. This is a great start for CU and can help their record. Some of the teams that they play at home are tougher teams but it could be a closer game with the home-field advantage, especially if fans can come.
Season Prediction: Looking at the Colorado Buffaloes 2021 Schedule
VS Northern Colorado Bears
The Bears are an easy team for Colorado to start with. They didn’t have a season in 2020, and in 2019, they had a 2-10 record. With Colorado’s record last year, this should be a good start to the Buffaloes’ year and get a good home win. This is an excellent start for Colorado’s season prediction.
Colorado wins: 42-14
VS Texas A&M Aggies
This will be interesting for the season prediction, as Texas A&M is going to be a difficult team. Last year, they were ranked fifth in the nation, and second in the SEC West. This game will be played at Mile High Stadium and that will give CU more of an advantage. With all of that, I still think the Aggies will be too much for the rising Buffaloes and will push CU to a 1-1 record.
Colorado loses: 21-35
VS Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota is another tough non-conference game for the Buffaloes. The only good thing is that the Gophers had a rough season last year. They had a record of 3-4, but all of their games were in the tough Big-Ten. They also had a lot of bad luck with players sitting out with Covid. This team is tough to scout out with the pandemic last season and play in a competitive conference. I still think that this Buffaloes’ team showed a lot of growth and were in serious talk for the Pac-12 championship. That is why I have them winning this power 5 matchup in my season prediction.
Colorado wins: 27-17
At Arizona State Sun Devils
Currently going 3-1 in my season prediction, Colorado faces an Arizona State team who wasn’t the best in the conference. They finished with a 2-2 record, and fourth in the Pac-12 South. I don’t see the Sun Devils improving enough to beat the Buffaloes, especially at home. The Buffaloes are going to roll right past them and get their first conference win of 2021.
Colorado wins: 45-21
At California Golden Bears
One of the worst teams in the Pac-12 was the California Golden Bears. They finished the 2020 season 1-3, ranking them dead last in the Pac-12 North. The Golden Bears gave Stanford a run for their money, however, and even beat 25th ranked Oregon last season. This should be an easy win for the Buffaloes, but if they assume it’s an easy win they can just as easily lose it as well. This is a game that could separate Colorado from the rest of the Pac-12, making this a key game in the Buffaloes season prediction.
Colorado wins: 28-24
VS Arizona Wildcats
The other team that was worse than the Golden Bears were the Arizona Wildcats. They had a terrible season with a record of 0-5 and they were last in the Pac-12 South. Last season it looked like the Wildcats were going to get the upset. After the first period, they were up 10-0. However, for the rest of the game, the Buffaloes only gave up 3 points and scored 24. This team will be better this year. I
f CU wants to win this game they have to play all four quarters strong and not give Arizona a fighting chance. The game against the Wildcats is an important one, as it could lead the Buffaloes to a 5-1 record in my season prediction.
Colorado wins: 31-17
VS Oregon Ducks
One of the toughest games that Colorado will have this year. The good news is that they are playing Oregon at home, the bad news is they will likely still lose. Colorado has come a long way from last season, as they almost made it to the Pac-12 Championship. The Ducks are beatable though, as they lost to Oregon State and California last year. They also beat USC in the conference championship. This team is hard to read but I have CU losing either way. Colorado walks away with their second loss in this season prediction.
Colorado loses: 28-30
VS Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State is another wild card team. They play good football and beat Oregon last year, but still ended up with just a 2-5 record. They have a solid running back and if you can’t contain him, you are done. With Nate Landman coming back and some great transfers, I feel confident that the Buffaloes can handle the Beavers’ offense. This will be a good bounce-back game for Colorado, bumping their potential record 6-2 in my season prediction.
Colorado wins: 45-35
VS USC Trojans
Another solid team in the conference, the USC Trojans and Buffaloes were neck and neck to win the Pac-12 South. However, these two teams didn’t play each other because of Covid. I feel like Colorado didn’t get the love as much as USC did last year. This may drive them and show that they are going to win the South division this year. The game is also in Boulder, which gives the advantage to CU. This would be an impressive victory for Colorado, boosting their record to 7-2 in my season prediction.
Colorado wins: 40-30
VS Washington Huskies
The winner of the Pac-12 North, the Washington Huskies are primed for a great season in 2021. Even with their 3-1 record, their last game with Oregon got canceled and that is why they didn’t go to the conference championship. This next season is going to be their year. They have the potential to destroy teams throughout the season. Even though Colorado is home for this game, I can see them losing to this very driven team, giving the Buffaloes their third loss in my season prediction.
Colorado loses: 35-49
At UCLA Bruins
Colorado’s first game last year and the one that shocked the world. UCLA can be a tricky team to figure out. They have glimpses of greatness, then look terrible right after. I feel like this Buffaloes team has gotten better than last year and has more confidence during 2021 by having a record of 7-3. They have the potential of winning the South. This drive will make sure they beat the Bruins on the road, pushing the Buffaloes to an impressive 8-3 record in my season prediction.
Colorado wins: 49-30
At Utah Utes
The last game of the year is the one that cost them winning the South last season. The Buffaloes fought their hearts out, and if Nate Landman didn’t get hurt, they had a good shot at winning that game last year. The 2021 season will be a different story. The Buffaloes will finish strong and have an incredible season with their record at 9-3. This would be an amazing year for Colorado, and Coach Karl Dorrell will have an opportunity to get another amazing recruiting class after their January 1st Bowl Game.
Overall, this team can be just as good as last year. If they can find a decent QB to run this team all the pieces should come together for Coach Dorrell. He has done an amazing job taking this team and turning it around. Colorado can win their side of the conference and maybe do it for years. Only time will tell.
Thanks for reading my article on the Colorado Buffaloes Season Prediction!
Main Image Credit