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Colorado Buffaloes Football: Bowl eligible for first time in nine years

Buffs end the longest streak of missing the postseason among “Power 5” teams.

Colorado v Stanford Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Colorado Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) became eligible for the postseason for the first time since 2007 with a 10-5 win on the road against Stanford. It was CU’s first ever win against the Cardinal in Palo Alto the and the third in the State of California.

Coach Mike MacIntyre’s progress with CU over the past four seasons erases one of the longest bowl droughts in school history, with a combined record during that span of 27-64 (2008-15).

The Buffs have the potential to make a push for more than just being bowl bound. With the win, Colorado stays on top of the Pac-12 South Division with a lone conference loss earlier this season against USC.

Among teams in the "Power 5" conferences, the Buffs held the longest current streak without being bowl eligible. Currently, the CU is No. 36 on the list of most bowl appearance with 28 in school history.

Colorado’s becomes the 17th team in FBS with a bowl bid this season.

The Independence Bowl against Alabama on Dec. 30, 2007 was the last time Colorado played in the postseason. The Buffs couldn’t overcome a 20-0 deficit in the first quarter and lost to the Crimson Tide 30-24. Dan Hawkins’ team ending the season with a 6-7 record.

CU has the opportunity to represent the Pac-12 in a bowl game for the first time since joining the conference in 2011.

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