The Colorado Buffaloes are stepping their game up on the road against No. 15 Washington. A white jersey, sliver pants and gold helmet all-in-one combo moves away from a traditional or matching look for the Buffs. Colorado will take the field with the new look on Saturday afternoon (1:30 p.m. MT/ FOX).
Colorado has lost eight straight vs. Washington, six of those as members of the Pac-12. This is technically the fifth time both teams are ranked before meeting each other in the all-time series. CU is No. 25 in the USA Today/ Coaches Poll and unranked in the widely-accepted AP Top 25 Poll. The prior two times were the 1996 Holiday Bowl (No. 8 CU/ No. 13 Wash) and 2016 Pac-12 Championship. (No. 4 Wash/No. 8 CU) An abundance of history between both schools going back over the past century.
According to CU’s Dave Plati, “Two Washington head coaches had Colorado roots; most recently, Rick Neuheisel, who succeeded Bill McCartney as CU’s boss in 1995 and spent four years in Boulder (33-14 record) before Washington lured him away with a million dollar salary, and more importantly, a contract that he did not have at Colorado. Legendary UW head coach, the late Don James, was the late Eddie Crowder’s defensive coordinator from 1968-70 before being named head coach at Kent State in his native Ohio; that was his lone stop between CU and accepting the reins of the Huskies.”
The last time Colorado beat Washington in Seattle was on Sept. 30, 1989. A 49-28 win in honor of quarterback Sal Aunese, who died during the prior week from complications due to stomach cancer. The Buffs went on to an 11-0 record before a 21-6 loss to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl.