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The Colorado Buffaloes are Going Bowling

The Colorado Buffaloes are going bowling. No, not the Pete Weber ten pin at the end of an alley bowling. They’re going to a bowl game for the first time since losing to Alabama in the Independence Bowl in…

…2007!

One of the great programs of the late 1980s and 1990s took a nose dive at the end of the 2000s and on into the 2010s. From 2008 through 2012, the Buffs won only 17 games, which led to the eventual hiring of Mike MacIntyre.

After turning around the San Jose State Spartan football program and leading the Spartans to a bowl game and a 10-2 record in 2012, MacIntyre took on the task of restoring the program in Boulder. It’s been a slow climb back up the mountain, pun fully intended. From 2013 through 2015, MacIntyre’s Buffaloes were 10-27 and had won only two conference games in 25 tries.

Entering 2016, though, MacIntyre had his most experienced and talented ball club and the hard work, commitment and persistence have paid off in Boulder. The Buffaloes are 6-2, with losses to powerhouse programs Michigan and USC, both on the road. They are 4-1 in the conference with wins over Oregon and Stanford. The final four games won’t keep them from a bowl now that they have six wins, but it could keep them from winning the Pac-12 South division.

However, think about that for a second. How many people actually projected Colorado to be in the championship hunt? No one. I actually predicted the Buffs would go to a bowl at 6-6 but had Utah winning the conference at 10-2. If Colorado handles its business, difficult though it may be, against UCLA, Arizona and Washington State, it could head into the matchup with Utah in the finale for a shot at the Pac-12 South championship.

That would be a Cinderella story, but then again, it already is, considering the fact that the Buffaloes have locked up December/January football and it’s not even the end of October yet.

By: John Harris


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