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Gotta catch 'em all: Pokémon Go in recruiting (2:39)
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The nation's most improved defenses

Gene Chizik made a big difference in his first season as defensive coordinator at North Carolina. Vanderbilt also improved greatly after Derek Mason took over the defense.


Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado QB Sefo Liufau is on track to become a 4-year starter for the Buffaloes, but the previous three haven't featured much winning. Yet with one of the Pac-12's most veteran teams, he thinks this will be a breakthrough year.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre was asked about the Pokemon Go craze and incorporating it into recruiting: "If it works, we'll do it. If it gets kids' attention, maybe we can work it into satellite camps. You'll see kids doing the Pokemon at a satellite camp."

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie, an all-league pick last season, said the Buffs are beyond feeling good about just being competitive. When asked what a "win" would be for this season, he said: "There are no more moral victories. Coach [Mike] MacIntyre isn't rebuilding anymore. No, we're right there. And we believe we're right there. A win this season would be just to win."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado QB Sefo Liufau said he's good to go after lisfranc surgery on his foot. He also said he planned all along to play this fall, whether Davis Webb joined the Buffaloes or not. With Webb switching from Colorado to Cal, Liufau is now the guy, set to be a 4-year starter. The Buffs need him because the depth behind him is decidedly thin.

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Colorado QB Sefo Liufau (Lisfranc injury) says he's ready to go and plans to be back on the field in August. He said he is able to dunk a basketball again, an indicator of his health.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford was tabbed by the media as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 for the first time in 56 years. Here are the vote totals: North 1. Stanford (24) 186 2. UW (8) 163 3. Oregon (1) 132 4. WSU 112 5. Cal 67 6. Oregon St 33 South 1. UCLA (19) 180 2. USC (12) 173 3. Utah (2) 127 4. Arizona 87 5. Arizona St 85 6. Colorado 63

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12dKyle Bonagura

Media day questions for the Pac-12 South

With Pac-12 Media Days starting Thursday, here are two questions facing each Pac-12 South coach, one that he will hear and one he should hear.

13dCraig Haubert

Scout's Take: OG Grant Polley to Colorado

Colorado has picked up another ESPN 300 player in Grant Polley. Continue reading for more on Polley and Colorado's impressive 2017 class:What he brings: He displays promising upside, but needs to continue to develop his frame and add more mass, but possesses good-to-excellent height depending on how utilized with a frame that can support more good size with time in the Buffaloes strength and conditioning program.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado added a commitment today from ESPN 300 offensive tackle Grant Polley, the nation's No. 245 overall prospect. Polley, who announced his commitment via Twitter is the third ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Colorado in this class, joining outside linebacker Jon Van Diest and quarterback Tyler Lytle. Colorado has not signed an ESPN 300 prospect in any of the last four classes, but recruiting is on an obvious uptick in Boulder. Polley is also the fifth prospect from Texas to commit to the Buffs in this class.


The Pac-12's most critical position battles

Josh Rosen and Christian McCaffrey are all set at UCLA and Stanford, respectively. But the Pac-12 is loaded with contested positions, including five quarterback battles to watch this August.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

There are 22 Pac-12 players on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which was released today. By position: Quarterback (5): Jake Browning, Washington; Luke Falk, Washington State; Josh Rosen, UCLA; Anu Solomon, Arizona; Davis Webb, Cal Running back (5): Royce Freeman, Oregon; Myles Gaskin, Washington; Ronald Jones II, USC; Christian McCaffrey, Stanford; Demario Richard, Arizona State Receiver (2): Gabe Marks, Washington State; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC Defensive line (4): Kylie Fitts, Utah; Lowell Lotulelei, Utah; Solomon Thomas, Stanford; Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA Linebacker (1): Salamo Fiso, Arizona State; Defensive back (5): Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado; Budda Baker, Washington; Adoree' Jackson, USC; Sidney Jones, Washington; Paul Magloire, Arizona

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26dJesse Temple

Know your nonconference opponent: Colorado

Colorado's quarterback situation is unenviable, particularly for a team still trying to gain traction since moving to the Pac-12.

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The Pac-12's 12 biggest X factors in 2016

You know Christian McCaffrey, Josh Rosen and the Pac-12's biggest names heading into 2016. But who are the fringe players that will need to take a huge step forward this year for each team?

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33dTom Luginbill

Scout's Take: QB-PP Tyler Lytle to Colorado

Lytle, an ESPN 300 quarterback, is an important commitment for the Buffaloes, who currently have little depth at the position.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado scored big on the recruiting trail Tuesday, as ESPN 300 quarterback Tyler Lytle announced his commitment to the Buffaloes. Lytle is the nation's No. 296 prospect and No. 14 pocket passer. He is the second ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Colorado in this class, joining OLB Jon Van Diest. They would be the first ESPN 300 prospects to sign with Colorado since the 2012 recruiting class, when Yuri Wright, an ESPN 150 prospect, signed.

Team Stats

Passing Yards240.648th
Rushing Yards156.284th
Points For24.6101st
Points Against27.571st