Entering the 2010 football season, the CU Buffs football team has many questions to answer. Coach Dan Hawkins will now be in his fifth season in charge of the program and everyone knows that it could be his last.
With CU now a future Pac-10 Conference member, Mike Bohn and the rest of the athletic department need to ensure that the team they are fielding is competitive and draws the fans out to Folsom and onto the TV airwaves.
But all of that is pie-in-the-sky rumblings that todays current players should care less about. These current Buffs are only focused on executing and performing better than they did last season.
The 2010 schedule features a very good slate to test the metal of what can no longer be described as a "young and inexperienced" team anymore:
Sep 04 CSU Rams in Denver, CO
Sep 11 Cal Bears in Berkeley, CA
Sep 18 Hawai'i Warriors at Folsom Field
Oct 02 Georgia Bulldogs at Folsom Field
Oct 09 Missouri Tigers in Columbia, MO
Oct 16 Baylor Bears at Folsom Field
Oct 23 Texas Tech Red Raiders at Folsom Field
Oct 30 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, OK
Nov 06 Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, KS
Nov 13 Iowa State at Folsom Field
Nov 20 Kansas State at Folsom Field
Nov 26 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, NE
That road schedule will surely put Hawkins and Co. hard to the task at breaking out of their travel woes (2-20 record), but the home games are almost all winnable and that should give the Buffs fans something to look forward to in 2010.
Some additional coaching intensity from new defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and wide receivers coach (and passing game coordinator) Ron Prince seems to be lighting a fire with the players so far in the spring.
Now let's take a look at who will be taking the field for the 2010 Buffs (keep in mind we are only halfway through Spring practice).
UPDATED WITH REPORTS THRU AUGUST 6TH.