Colorado Buffaloes football
2019 Colorado Buffaloes
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First season 1890
Athletic director Rick George
Head coach Mel Tucker
1st year, 0–0–0 ()
Home stadium Folsom Field
Stadium capacity 50,183
Stadium surface Grass
Location Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Conference Pac-12
Division Leaders
All-time history
Colorado Buffaloes Historical Teams
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
All-time record 702–501–36 ()
Postseason bowl record 12–17–0 ()
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 27
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 39
Current uniform
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Colors Silver, Black, Gold, and White

                             

Fight song CU Fight Song
Mascot Ralphie
Marching band Golden Buffalo Marching Band
Rivals Nebraska Cornhuskers
Colorado State Rams
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Utah Utes
Website Colorado Buffaloes Football (CUBuffs.com)

The Colorado Buffaloes football team represents the University of Colorado located in Boulder, Colorado. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA FBS Pacific-12 Conference, which they joined in 2011. Previously Colorado was a member of the Big 12 Conference.

The Buffaloes play their home games at Folsom Field in Boulder and are currently coached by Mel Tucker.

History[edit | edit source]

Beginning in 1890, Colorado football has enjoyed much success throughout its more than 125 years of competitive play.

The Buffaloes have appeared in numerous bowl games (28 appearances in bowl games (12–16), 36th all-time), and won 27 conference championships, 5 division championships and a national championship.Template:CN

Folsom Field was built in 1924, and since then, Colorado has a 308–169–14 record at home through the 2016 season. The road game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 24, 2006 was Colorado's 1,100th football game. The game on September 12, 2015 against Massachusetts was the school's 1,200th football game.

Conference affiliations[edit | edit source]

Championships[edit | edit source]

National championships[edit | edit source]

Colorado has won one national championship in program history.[1]Template:Rp This consensus national championships is claimed by the school.[1]Template:Rp[2]

Season Head Coach Selectors Record Bowl Result
1990 Bill McCartney AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, NCF, NFF, Sporting News, USA/CNN 11–1–1 Orange W 10–9
1990 season

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Colorado won its first national championship in 1990 under the direction of head coach Bill McCartney, who helmed the team from 1982 to 1994. The national title was split with Georgia Tech who won the United Press International Coaches Poll, whereas Colorado won the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America polls. The largest arguments against Colorado were that they had a loss and a tie, whereas Georgia Tech had a tie and no losses, and Colorado's "unfair" win in the Fifth Down Game against Missouri. Another major controversy was a Colorado's Orange Bowl win over Notre Dame, which Colorado won in part because of a controversial clipping call that brought back a Notre Dame touchdown. The major argument for Colorado was that they played a more difficult schedule than Georgia Tech.[3] Colorado capped the season with a 10–9 win over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, a rematch of the 1989 season Orange Bowl Game which Notre Dame won 21–6. Colorado's tie came against Tennessee, who was ranked #8, the first week of the season when Colorado was ranked #5. The second week gave the Buffs a scare, scoring with 12 seconds left in the game on a 4th and Goal attempt. The next week gave Colorado its only loss of the season, losing 23–22 to Illinois and dropping Colorado to #20 in the polls. Colorado then went on to beat teams ranked (at the time) #22 Texas, #12 Washington, #22 Oklahoma, and #3 Nebraska. They ended the season 7–0 in the Big Eight Conference for the second straight season. They then capped the season with a win over Notre Dame who were number 1 until a loss in their second to last game of the regular season.[4]

Conference championships[edit | edit source]

Colorado has won 27 conference championships in over a century of college play, spanning through five conferences.

Year Conference Head Coach Overall record Conference record
1894 Colorado Football Association Harry Heller 8–1 5–0
1895 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 5–1 3–0
1896 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 5–0 2–0
1897 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 7–1 2–0
1901 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 5–1–1 2–0
1902 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 5–1 4–0
1903 Colorado Football Association Dave Cropp 8–2 4–0
1908 Colorado Football Association Fred Folsom 5–2 3–1
1909 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fred Folsom 6–0 3–0
1910 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fred Folsom 6–0 3–0
1911 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fred Folsom 6–0 4–0
1913 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fred Folsom 5–1–1 3–0–1
1923 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Myron E. Witham 9–0 7–0
1924 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Myron E. Witham 8–1–1 5–0–1
1934 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Bill Saunders 6–1–2 6–1
1935 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Bunny Oakes 5–4 5–1
1937 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Bunny Oakes 8–1 7–0
1939 Mountain States Conference Bunny Oakes 5–3 5–1
1942 Mountain States Conference James J. Yeager 7–2 5–1
1943 Mountain States Conference James J. Yeager 5–2 2–0
1944 Mountain States Conference Frank Potts 6–2 2–0
1961 Big Eight Conference Sonny Grandelius 9–2 7–0
1976 Big Eight Conference Bill Mallory 8–4 5–2
1989 Big Eight Conference Bill McCartney 11–1 7–0
1990 Big Eight Conference Bill McCartney 11–1–1 7–0
1991 Big Eight Conference Bill McCartney 8–3–1 6–0–1
2001 Big 12 Conference Gary Barnett 10–3 7–1

† Co-champions

Division championships[edit | edit source]

Year Division Coach Overall record Conference record
2001 Big 12 North Gary Barnett 10–3 7–1
2002 Big 12 North Gary Barnett 9–5 7–1
2004 Big 12 North Gary Barnett 8–5 4–4
2005 Big 12 North Gary Barnett 8–5 4–4
2016 Pac-12 South Mike MacIntyre 10–4 8–1

† Co-champions

Seasons[edit | edit source]

2010s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
2019 Mel Tucker
2018 Mike MacIntyre; Kurt Roper 5-7
2017 Mike MacIntyre 5-7
2016 Mike MacIntyre 10-4
2015 Mike MacIntyre 4-9
2014 Mike MacIntyre 2-10
2013 Mike MacIntyre 4-8
2012 Jon Embree 1-11
2011 Jon Embree 3-10
2010 Dan Hawkins; Brian Cabral 5-7

2000s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
2009 Dan Hawkins 3-9
2008 Dan Hawkins 5-7
2007 Dan Hawkins 6-7
2006 Dan Hawkins 2-10
2005 Gary Barnett; Mike Hankwitz 7-6
2004 Gary Barnett 8-5
2003 Gary Barnett 5-7
2002 Gary Barnett 9-5
2001 Gary Barnett 10-3
2000 Gary Barnett 3-8

1990s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1999 Gary Barnett 7-5
1998 Rick Neuheisel 8-4
1997 Rick Neuheisel 0-11
1996 Rick Neuheisel 10-2
1995 Rick Neuheisel 10-2
1994 Bill McCartney 11-1
1993 Bill McCartney 8-3-1
1992 Bill McCartney 9-2-1
1991 Bill McCartney 8-3-1
1990 Bill McCartney 11-1-1

1980s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1989 Bill McCartney 11-1
1988 Bill McCartney 8-4
1987 Bill McCartney 7-4
1986 Bill McCartney 6-6
1985 Bill McCartney 7-5
1984 Bill McCartney 1-10
1983 Bill McCartney 4-7
1982 Bill McCartney 2-8-1
1981 Chuck Fairbanks 3-8
1980 Chuck Fairbanks 1-10

1970s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1979 Chuck Fairbanks 3-8
1978 Bill Mallory 6-5
1977 Bill Mallory 7-3-1
1976 Bill Mallory 8-4
1975 Bill Mallory 9-3
1974 Bill Mallory 5-6
1973 Eddie Crowder 5-6
1972 Eddie Crowder 8-4
1971 Eddie Crowder 10-2
1970 Eddie Crowder 6-5

1960s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1969 Eddie Crowder 8-3
1968 Eddie Crowder 4-6
1967 Eddie Crowder 9-2
1966 Eddie Crowder 7-3
1965 Eddie Crowder 6-2-2
1964 Eddie Crowder 2-8
1963 Eddie Crowder 2-8
1962 Bud Davis 2-8
1961 Sonny Grandelius 9-2
1960 Sonny Grandelius 6-4

1950s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1959 Sonny Grandelius 5-5
1958 Dallas Ward 6-4
1957 Dallas Ward 6-3-1
1956 Dallas Ward 8-2-1
1955 Dallas Ward 6-4
1954 Dallas Ward 7-2-1
1953 Dallas Ward 6-4
1952 Dallas Ward 6-2-2
1951 Dallas Ward 7-3
1950 Dallas Ward 5-4-1

1940s[edit | edit source]

Season Coach Record
1949 Dallas Ward 3-7
1948 Dallas Ward 3-6
1947 Jim Yeager 4-5
1946 Jim Yeager 5-4-1

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