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Colorado Buffaloes Ranked No. 23 in AP and Coaches polls

Buffs back in the Top 25 for the second time this season.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Stanford Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) continued to impress the rest of the nation after a defensive shutdown road win over Stanford, earning a No. 23 ranking in the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls.

After being left out of the polls last week, the Buffs pushed back into the national spotlight for the second time in 2016. CU made an appearance in both polls following a week 5 win against Oregon State (AP: No. 21, Coaches: No. 23) and were bounced out after losing their second game of the season to USC.

In the win over Stanford Colorado became bowl eligible for the first time in nine years. It's a big accomplishment by Coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff, but the Buffs sights are set much higher. "We have one goal in mind and that’s to be the Pac-12 champion," CU running back Phillip Lindsay said after yesterday’s win.

Stanford’s five points were the least that CU has allowed a conference opponent since a 34-0 shutout at Oklahoma State on Oct. 1, 2005.

The Buffaloes defense extended the nation’s longest consecutive turnover streak to 21 games, forcing four Cardinal turnovers including two interceptions from defensive back Tedric Thompson.

Other Pac-12 teams joining CU in the Top 25 are No. 4 Washington and No. 17/16 Utah.

Colorado’s idle next weekend before welcoming UCLA to Folsom Field for a Thursday night matchup (11/3). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. MT kickoff on Fox Sports 1.