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Buffaloes football 2016 schedule released

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Yep, Colorado actually gets a bye in 2016.

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The 2016 football schedule was announced Tuesday afternoon by the Pac-12 conference and the Colorado Buffaloes do not play 13 straight games. Yippee. A trip to Michigan highlights the non-conference schedule and the schedule flips to feature five Pac-12 home games and four on the road.

Some observations:

  • Like the saying goes... if you look around the the room and don't see a cupcake game, you are the cupcake game. Hey, Oregon State, so glad you decided to join the party (please remain down for another year).
  • The Buffs have a real bonafide bye week again and it comes right before a crucial closing stretch with three out of four games at home.
  • Starting with Colorado State and Idaho State certainly lends itself to starting 2-0 but Michigan and Oregon on the road in back to back weeks is not going to be a fun experience.
  • With the schedule flip this year Colorado has it's toughest games on the road and the mid-level programs at home. That's a good trade for a program looking to take the next step.
  • I'm glad to not see Washington on the schedule - it feels like the Buffs haven't been competitive against the Huskies these past few years.

What does everyone else think?

Date                           Opponent                       Site

Sept.        2        Colorado State                          Denver                        

SEPT.    10        IDAHO STATE BOULDER                       

Sept.      17        at Michigan                       Ann Arbor                         

Sept.      24        *at Oregon                         Eugene                        

OCT.        1        *OREGON STATE BOULDER       

Oct.           8        *at Southern California            Los Angeles       

OCT.      15        *ARIZONA STATE BOULDER       

Oct.        22        *at Stanford                       Palo Alto       

Oct.        29        —BYE—

NOV.        3        *UCLA BOULDER       

Nov.       12        *at Arizona                        Tucson       

NOV.      19        *WASHINGTON STATE BOULDER       

NOV       26        *UTAH                          BOULDER

Dec.         3        Pac-12 Championship Game Santa Clara