This right here. On the one hand, I'm glad CU has been humbled. Enough of the bling and driving a Rolls Royce and commercialization of the man and the program. On the other hand, even with some marquee position players, I don't think anyone thought CU was winning more than 4 games before the season. The over/under was set at 3.5 by the big books, and most of the "smart" money was on the under.
Now, after CU won the first three games (over teams currently all .500 or worse), of course there was excitement to go to the program's first bowl in several years. It was there for the taking. But, the collapse against Stanford and the inability to win at home against ranked teams despite being close (here's looking at you USC and Arizona) tells you that they just aren't a "winning" program yet.
Coaches need three years to build a quality football team. Prime realizes all the 5-star position players in the world won't win unless they recruit the trenches, the O and D lines. CU's offensive line is among the worst in college football. Pretty sure they've allowed the most sacks in power 5 football. I was hopeful CU could get to 6-6 after the ASU win too, but they just don't have the manpower yet.
But, expectations will minimally be a bowl appearance next year and probably eight wins with the departure to the Big12. If CU underachieves next year, then the criticism will, rightfully, grow loud.