Colorado Buffaloes

Playing a Pac 12 school in football, or basketball, or any sport is like going on a mini vacation. Almost every school is located in a really scenic location. A game against Stanford or Cal should include a side trip to one of the best cities in the United States, San Francisco. The weather is pleasant almost year round here.

Seattle, Washington is one of the more beautiful cities in America and so is Portland, Oregon. Further South, Los Angeles is one of the more visited cities in the world with a lot to do in the area for tourists. A game against USC, or UCLA, could include a side trip to Disneyland, or just visit Hollywood, or any number of great Southern California beaches.

Northerners love visiting Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona in the Winter time with plenty of sunshine for everybody. Utah is located in Salt Lake City and proximity to the Wasatch Mountain range and you could even go skiing if that’s your bag.

Boulder, Colorado might be the most beautiful of them all. From the Colorado Buffaloes football stadium you can see the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the Flatirons. It’s one of the more beautiful settings in a country that is full of outstanding scenery. Any chance a football fan gets the opportunity to sit in Folsom Field in Boulder they should jump all over it.

When Bill McCartney took over the Colorado Buffaloes were horrible. His early days in Boulder were horrid as well. McCartney’s first season at Colorado in 1981 was 2-8-1.  McCartney and his staff is improved to 4-7 during his second season. But, that improvement didn’t last because the Buffaloes tanked to 1-10 in  1984.

On the way to being fired, a funny thing happened to the Colorado Buffaloes. They began getting decent and winning some games. In 1985 the Buffs won 7 games against 5 losses. Then, they went 6-6, 7-4, and 8-4 before the going got really great for the Buffaloes.

In 1989, the Buff’s took an undefeated record into the Orange Bowl where they faced 4th ranked Notre Dame and the Irish prevailed 21-6. The Buffaloes finished up 11-1 and as the 4th ranked team in the country.

In 1990, Colorado started the season ranked #5, but they stumbled out to a 31 to 31 tie against the 8th ranked Tennessee Volunteers.

They barely beat an unranked Stanford at home, and then they surprisingly lost to #21 Illinois by one point, 22-23. They jumped back in the winning column by beating #22 Texas in Austin 29-22.

They returned to Folsom Field and beat #12 Washington 20-14.

Teams played real competition back in those days.

The Buffaloes entered league play at 3-1-1 and ranked #12.  Missouri was their first opponent and Colorado they beat the Tigers in the famous 5th down game.

After they survived Columbia, Missouri with their very lives, the Buffaloes beat Iowa State and Kansas.

Then, they had back to back with Big 8 heavyweights Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Sooners were ranked #22 and the Huskers were #3. They beat Oklahoma 33-23 and then impressively Nebraska 27-12.

The Buffaloes finished their season at 10-1-1 and gained a rematch with the only team that had beaten them the year before, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Buffs had also attained the #1 ranking and Notre Dame was #5.

This time, the Buffaloes came out on top with a narrow 10-9 win.

The Colorado Buffaloes were crowned Co-National Champions with Georgia Tech in 1990.

After that season, Bill McCartney led the Buffaloes to an 8-3-1 record in 1991, then 9-2-1, 8-3-1 and 11-1 in 1994 before he stepped down to run the organization that he started, Promise Keepers.

The Buffaloes have been through a few coaches since McCartney stepped down with mixed results.

Mike MacIntyre is the most recent coach and he took over a program that was in a shambles. Their last winning record was in 2005 when Gary Barnett led them to a 7-6 season. But, in 2012 the Buffaloes won only 1 game all season, and then they hired MacIntyre.

MacIntyre improved the team to 4-8 during his first season in 2013. But, in 2014, the Buffaloes back tracked to 2-10.

This season that are 4-7 on the season and that’s not very great, but this is an improved team over last season and the year before and that’s what you are looking for, improvement.

If the Colorado Athletic Director had fired Bill McCartney  after his 3rd or 4th season, they never would have had those glory years.

McCartney built his program by recruiting good talent out of California and Texas, plus keeping some off the better in state talent at home.

In his third season, McCartney guided the Buffaloes to a far less than over whelming 1-10 record.

MacIntyre is doing far better than McCartney at the same period and I am hoping they give him a few more years to right the ship.

He will need to hit the recruiting trail like a mad man and recruit nationally, including the heart of SEC country. Besides, California and Texas, I would definitely hit Louisiana and Florida particularly hard. Most of those kids have never even seen a mountain before.

He has one of the nation’s more beautiful campuses in the foothills of Rocky Mountains to sell to any potential recruits. He can also sell recruits early playing time and games against high profile teams such as USC, UCLA, Stanford and others. The Colorado Athletic Department has also worked really hard to upgrade their facilities and they are doing a magnificent job.

 

I believe that Mike MacIntyre is a good coach and will right this ship given the proper amount of time.

He can thank me for the help with recruiting when they start winning again.

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