Colorado Buffaloes season preview

Previewing the 2014 season for the Colorado Buffaloes.

2013 record: 4-8, 2-7 Pac-12

Final grade for 2013: C

Key returnees: LB Addison Gillam, QB Sefo Liufau, RB Christian Powell, RB Michael Adkins, DL Juda Parker, WR Nelson Spruce

Key losses: WR Paul Richardson, LB Derrick Webb

Instant impact newcomers: WR Shay Fields, TE Hayden Jones, S Evan White, DE Michael Mathewes

Projected winning percentage (ESPN.com Stats & Information): .362

Chances to win the conference (ESPN.com Stats & Information): 0.0 percent

Most important game: at California, Sept. 27

Biggest question mark: Can Liufau make the strides as a sophomore that will help this team be more competitive by his senior season? (Because, yes, this year for the Buffaloes is more about the future than anything.)

Best-case scenario: 5-7

Worst-case scenario: 1-11

Over/under win total (Bovada): 4

Upset special: Taking down Oregon State at home in early October. It’d be a stretch, but with the Beavers coming off a game at USC the weekend before, there’s a chance the stars could align and the Buffs could walk away with a huge home win.

They said it: “Last year I think in the SEC, Auburn won three games the year before and Missouri won five games, and nobody in the world picked them to be in the championship game and they were . . . But we'll move up eventually. I hope it's this year. But we'll keep moving up. We'll do it. I think it's all a process of building it. I think you see it all the time. Every year you see some people move up and work at it, and people come out of the woodwork, so to speak.” -- coach Mike MacIntyre