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.


OMAHA, Neb. | Maybe this wasn’t Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s best team. It is, however, his first national championship team. A year after the Gators went two games and out at the College World Series with a team seeded No. 1 and loaded with high draft picks, they won five of six in Omaha and completed a sweep of Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the finals with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night.