Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes headed into the 2023 season with one of the biggest hype trains in college football, but it has hit a bit of a rough patch on the tracks after the Buffs fell 42-6 to Oregon.

It was a bit of a sobering loss after Colorado opened the season on such a high note that included wins over TCU — the same team that had a national championship appearance against Georgia in the latest title game — and an in-state rivalry victory over Colorado State.

College football analyst Matt Barrie has Colorado with just a 6-win ceiling for the remainder of the season.

“At the end of the day, when you look at who they are, they are a 6-6 team at best,” Barrie said. “By math alone, that’s average… they’re not great, they’re not bad, they’re just not good enough to compete. They’re not a top-25 team, basically. And that’s fine.”

There’s been plenty of debate among both fans and analysts as to just where Colorado stands in comparison to the rest of the nation. That’s something that is still ongoing.

It will be interesting to see how Colorado continues through the season and if the Buffs can prove Barrie wrong. That will all start with a contest against No. 8 USC on Saturday.