College


ENGLEWOOD | Just like last year, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre has declared that the Buffaloes’ goal is to play in the Pac-12 title game. Only this time, nobody laughed. A year ago, the Buffaloes were picked as cellar dwellers in the Pac-12 South and instead finished first, going 8-1 in league play before getting walloped by Washington in the conference championship.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Dabo Swinney isn’t concerned about losing more than 77 percent of his team’s offensive production from last season’s national championship team. Rather, Clemson’s 10th-year coach is brimming with confidence that the Tigers can replace quarterback DeShaun Watson and a host of other top-level players and maintain the program’s success, which includes a 34-5 record over the last three seasons with two trips to the national title game.