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Ralphie VI won’t make trip to Denver for Colorado - Texas A&M

The newest Buffalo will stay in Boulder and not run at Mile High.

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College football’s most entertaining and beloved mascot will not be in Denver on Saturday.

‘Ralphie VI’, the University of Colorado’s newest live buffalo, won’t make the trip due to a couple different concerns, CU’s AD/SID Dave Plati told TRR on Friday. One of the most notable was the heat expected for tomorrow afternoon’s game between Colorado and No. 5 Texas A&M with temperatures in the low-90’s.

She graced Folsom Field in her debut last Friday night. The 15-month-old, 500-pound bison takes over for the previous ‘Ralphie V’, who retired in 2019 after serving the university for the past 12 years. She’ll grow to be over 1,300 pounds in the coming year and is expected to be a full-figured buffalo similar to her five predecessors.

“Colorado football is synonymous with Ralphie and I’m ecstatic to continue this tradition with Ralphie VI as the best tradition in college athletics,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement last week

‘Ralphie’ has led the Buffaloes onto the field for 355 games including 24 bowl games, 19 Rocky Mountain Showdowns in Denver, 12 regular season road games, four Big 12 Championship games.