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Colorado Buffaloes fall just short of AP/Coaches Top 25

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The Buffs are tied for first in the Pac-12 South after a win against Arizona State.

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The Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) took care of business in another conference game, but it wasn’t enough to convince voters for both the AP and Coaches Polls. CU’s was ranked two weeks ago for the first time in 11 years and dropped out following a 21-17 loss to USC last week.

Overall, the Buffs are No. 26 in both the Coaches and AP.

A strong rushing attack behind Phillip Lindsay’s 219 yards and three touchdowns carried the Buffs past Arizona State for a 40-16 win. The victory marked the first ever win for the program against the Sun Devils. Colorado’s 580 yards of total offense was the most given up by ASU this season.

Other Pac-12 teams in the top 25 are No. 5 Washington and No. 19 Utah.

CU’s defense is holding opponents to an average of 19.3 points per game and extended the nation’s longest consecutive forced turnover streak 19 games.

The Buffs have the opportunity to pull off a major upset at Stanford this upcoming weekend. Coming into the season, the Cardinal was considered the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 championship, but have dropped two of the past three games and were bounced out of the polls.

Colorado travels to Stanford on Saturday for the conference matchup. Pac-12 Networks has coverage at 1 p.m. MT.