College football predictions: How Air Force, CU, CSU and UNC will fare this fall – The Denver PostSeptember 3, 2021
Air Force: 7-5
CU’s last season of (non-pandemic) bowl eligibility feels like a distant memory (2016). But this team appears capable of at least six wins. Linebacker Nate Landman and running back Jarek Broussard are among the top players at their positions in the nation while quarterback Brendon Lewis has legit star potential. I’m less enthusiastic about CSU. Head coach Steve Addazio is all-in on Todd Centeio as starting quarterback after a lukewarm Rams debut a year ago. It’s hard to knock the winning consistency established at Air Force under Troy Calhoun with another strong team returning this season. I have no idea how the Eddie Mac experiment will work out in Greeley. But UNC quarterback Dylan McCaffrey will absolutely shred Big Sky defenses.
Air Force: 8-4
If CU had Air Force’s schedule, the Buffs would be bowling in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004-05. Alas, Karl Dorrell and young QB Brendon Lewis drew a fight card that could feature as many as nine postseason squads, starting with Texas A&M in Week 2. Minnesota at Folsom in Week 3 is the swing game. Steve Addazio likely wins another trophy tilt to keep building up PR points in FoCo, while the Falcons should be 5-1 or 6-0 by the time they hit Boise on Oct. 16. UNC hasn’t produced more than two wins in Big Sky play since the 2016 season. If Dylan McCaffrey truly has the goods, these Bears just might have enough bite to finally get over that hump.
Air Force: 7-5
If you’re looking for a Colorado team to go bowling, the Falcons are the bet. Air Force has qualified for a bowl in 10 of 13 non-pandemic seasons under Troy Calhoun. With starting quarterback Haaziq Daniels and leading rusher Brad Roberts both back for a team that won the national rushing title last year, the triple option should be humming again this fall. Throw in a manageable non-conference schedule — FCS Lafayette and FAU both visit the Academy — and there’s a reason for optimism. In other words, it really helps that the Falcons aren’t playing the likes of Texas A&M and Minnesota (CU) or even Vanderbilt and Iowa (CSU). The true bowl death blow for the Buffs? They draw the three best teams (Cal, UW and Oregon) from the North. Yikes. As for UNC, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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