Mike MacIntyre isn't making any bold predictions.
Colorado's new head football coach hasn't claimed his team can win 10 games this year. He hasn't guaranteed a bowl game appearance.
At Thursday's annual kickoff luncheon at Balch Fieldhouse, however, MacIntyre made it clear the Buffaloes will do everything in their power to achieve those things.
Speaking to boosters, administrators, fellow coaches, CU athletes and community members, MacIntyre said the Buffs' expectations are high this season. The Buffs open the season at 4 p.m. Sunday against Colorado State at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
"When I talked to (CU president) Bruce Benson, I asked him one question on the interview," MacIntyre said. "I asked Bruce, 'Bruce, what do you expect out of the football program?' I asked (chancellor Phil DiStefano) the same thing. They said, '12-0. Win them all.'
"I said, 'OK, that's what I wanted to hear.' "
Coming off a 1-11 season, it's not likely the Buffs can make that quantum leap to 12-0 this season. But, MacIntyre said that's the mindset CU has to have as it goes forward.
"They understand you've got to build it, but that should be your goal," he said. "That's what we're going for."