Current Fox Sports lead college football game analyst Joel Klatt was the starting quarterback. Green Bay Packers placekicker Mason Crosby was on his way to capturing the Lou Groza Award. And Colorado played for a Conference Championship (the score that game is not important). The year was 2005. It also marked the last time Colorado's Football program was ranked.
Welcome back Buffs! For the first time since November 6, 2005 the Buffaloes are ranked in the AP Top 25 College Football poll. After a dominating 47-6 win over Oregon State Saturday in Boulder, the Buffs (4-1 overall, 2-0 in conference play) check in at number 21 in the poll in-between two Big 12 teams, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
This is the first time a Buffs team led by coach Mike MacIntyre is ranked in the top 25 and the first time in four years his team stands among the elite of college football. Before leaving San Jose State to come to Boulder, MacIntyre finished the 2012 season with the Spartans ranked No. 21.
Colorado is one of four Pac-12 teams ranked in the AP Poll (5 Washington, 15 Stanford and 24 Utah). The ACC and SEC each have 6 teams ranked. The Buffs also moved up 14 spots in the Amway Coaches Poll and are ranked 23rd, just ahead of Pac-12 south division rival Utah (4-1, 1-1).
"Every week we've gotten better. We've got to keep doing that." Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said following the win over Oregon State. "We have seven really good teams to play and a lot of hard venues and a lot of great games. Our guys have got to work and get ready for the next one, USC."
The 21st ranked Buffaloes quest for a Pac-12 Championship resumes Saturday in the Coliseum, 2pm MT on Pac-12 Network. USC is coming off a 41-20 home win vs Arizona State, which actually helped Colorado take over sole possession of first in Pac-12 South. The Buffaloes are 0-10 all-time vs USC.