Colorado's Deion Sanders: 2023 Was 'Season of Hope,' 2024 Is 'Season of Expectation'

Deion Sanders' first season at Colorado began with much anticipation and hope, but ended with a whimper.

Sanders' Buffaloes captured the attention of the college football world after an explosive start to his tenure that included victories over TCU, Nebraska, and an overtime thriller against Colorado State

The team only won one more game all season and suffered several crushing defeats.

Sanders, on the other hand, believes the bet is yet to come.

This was a season of hope," Sanders said on Thursday Night Football pregame show on Amazon. "... But next year is a season of expectation."

Sanders' team was led by a number of transfers from his time at Jackson State and other FBS programs, including his son Shedeur and former five-star recruit Travis Hunter.

The Buffalos' skill players were excellent, but they lacked physicality on defense and in the trenches. It was what cost them when they faced tougher competition like Oregon, USC, and others.

Nonetheless, Sanders oversaw a significant improvement in a program that had won just one game the previous season and resurrected a community that had lost faith in the football team.

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