Big 12 football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Buffaloes get better?

Coach Prime and his family have talked a big game out all offseason in Boulder, but where do the Buffs realistically stack up in the new-look Big 12? It might not be as high as Sanders and Colorado fans hope.
Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2)
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Cincinnati Bearcats. Head Coach: Scott Satterfield. . . 449. . 13. . Last Year: 3-9.

Key losses: Emory Jones, Chamon Metayer Key additions: Brendan Sorsby, Evan Pryor

Cincinnati is not the same program it was under Luke Fickell. That head coaching change to Scott Satterfield along with the move to the Big 12 has been very rough for the Bearcats and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much easier. 

Last year, Cincinnati had a strong run game with Emory Jones at quarterback but was very limited through the air. This season, that will flip with sophomore Brendan Sorsby. I’m a lot higher on Sorsby than most and love the deep ball he throws. He’ll be able to challenge defenses downfield, but I’m not sure he has the receivers for this offense to excel.

There aren’t many reasons to keep an eye on the Bearcats this year, but Dontay Corleone is worth watching. He’s one of the best defensive linemen in the country and will be a disruptive force in the Big 12, but not enough to move the needle for this program.