Colorado football coach Deion Sanders thinks it will be better this time around. Sanders says the program is getting better, the second year he has been at the helm.

“I think we're better not only on the field, we're better off the field,” Sanders said, per The Score. “And that's not an insult to the guys that were here the previous year, but I think we got better, man. I think I'm better. I think the whole thing is better, and we're not done.”

Colorado finished 4-8 last season, with a near complete overhaul of its coaching staff and roster. The team lost eight of their last nine games, after a promising 3-0 start. The team's defense proved to be the weakest link. The losing record was actually an improvement under Coach Prime. The team finished a woeful 1-11 in 2022, the year before he arrived.

What's going on this offseason for Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders during a spring game event at Folsom Field.
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Colorado football has had a busy offseason. The team lost several players to the transfer portal, while also grabbing several other players from both the portal and high school ranks. The Buffaloes also return some core players, including quarterback Shedeur Sanders. Shedeur is the son of Coach Prime and will be one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the country this coming season.

The Buffaloes need to have a better year than last year. Colorado is returning to the Big 12 Conference, after several years playing in the Pac-12. Colorado joins Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah in entering the Big 12. The league will be super competitive this season, with several strong programs vying for position in the conference standings. Texas won the league last season, and they are gone. The Longhorns also made the College Football Playoff, but lost to Washington in a semi-final contest.

The Colorado football offense has proven to be strong under Coach Sanders. It is the defense that needs work. The Buffaloes gave up 40 or more points in four of their eight losses last season. Sanders says he's trusting his instincts more this season, as he works to improve that statistic.

“It's like, you see some things, you feel some things – and I'm a nice guy, so I give it a chance to materialize and for it to come to pass,” Sanders added. “And then I call my support guys around the country, you know, Coach Saban and some of the other guys – I don't wanna mention their names – but they give me so much love and advice. I gotta act on it.”

This offseason there has been some drama for Sanders and his team. He refuted a report he made his players attend a Lil Wayne concert in Boulder, after his son Shedeur was seen performing on stage with players around him. There is also continued speculation that Coach Prime is looking for the exits, to head to the NFL. That drama has proven to be a distraction, but the coach is staying focused on what is ahead of him. The Colorado football program is starving for winning seasons and success. Sanders had that at Jackson State, where he lost only three games in his final two years.

Colorado football starts their 2024 campaign on August 29, in a game against North Dakota State. The Buffaloes play their first game in the revamped Big 12 against Baylor, on September 21.